Materials Science and Engineering Major

Overview

The field of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) offers broad opportunities for innovation and development. Attention is being focussed on development, characterisation and process modelling of light metals, polymers and composites with improved properties.

The activities of the materials engineer range from materials production to the design, development, processing and recycling of materials for use in aerospace, transportation, electronics, energy conversion and biomedical systems.

New materials can provide a major competitive edge in virtually every part of a country’s manufacturing industry. Because Australia is a country rich in minerals, materials science and engineering has been designated as a priority area for research and development. Examples of recent and significant developments include advanced materials with multiscale structure and multifunctionality relevant to biomedical materials, energy materials, nano-materials, electronic materials, advanced composites, additive manufacturing etc.

The MSE major best aligns with the Mechanical Engineering (Hon) stream. This major allows students to extend and consolidate their knowledge and skills development, characterisation and process modelling of light metals, polymers and composites with improved properties, and provides a foundation for cutting-edge technologies in fields including Aerospace, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Materials Science and Engineering Major

Achievement of a major in Material Science and Engineering requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000/2000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 4000-level project units
(iv) 18 credit points of 5000-level units

Units of Study

Core units

1000-level units of study
AMME1362
Materials 1
6    A HSC Mathematics Extension 1
N CIVL2110 or AMME2302
Semester 2
2000-level units of study
AMME2301
Mechanics of Solids
6    P (AMME1802 OR ENGG1802) AND (MATH1001 OR MATH1021 OR MATH1901 OR MATH1921 OR MATH1906 OR MATH1931) AND (MATH1002 OR MATH1902) AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023 OR MATH1903 OR MATH1923 OR MATH1907 OR MATH1933)
N CIVL2201
Semester 2
3000-level units of study
MECH3362
Materials 2
6    A (1) A good understanding of basic knowledge and principles of material science and engineering from Materials I and mechanics of solids for simple structural elements (in tension, bending, torsion); (2) Reasonable mathematical skills in calculation of stresses and strains in simple structural elements.
P AMME2301 AND (AMME2302 OR AMME1362 OR CIVL2110)
Semester 1

Selective units

5000-level units of study
MECH5304
Materials Failure
6    A Fundamental knowledge in materials science and engineering: 1) atomic and crystal structures 2) metallurgy 3) structure-property relationship 4) mechanics of engineering materials 5) solid mechanics
P (MECH9361 OR MECH3361 or MECH8361) AND (MECH9362 or MECH8362 OR MECH3362)
Semester 2
MECH5305
Smart Materials
6    A Fundamental knowledge in materials science and engineering: 1) atomic and crystal structures 2) metallurgy 3) structure-property relationship 4) mechanics of engineering materials 5) solid mechanics
P (AMME9301 OR AMME2301) AND (AMME9302 OR AMME2302 OR AMME1362)
Semester 2
MECH5310
Advanced Engineering Materials
6    P MECH3362 OR MECH9362 or MECH8362
N MECH4310
Semester 1
MECH5311
Microscopy and Microanalysis of Materials
6    A AMME1362 or AMME9302 or CIVL2110.
Semester 1
Project units
AMME4111
Thesis A
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level Engineering units of study
N AMME4010 or AMME4122 or AMME4121 or BMET4111 or BMET4112 OR BMET4010


Prospective students in Thesis A are expected to have consulted with supervisors and selected a topic of interest at the end of third year, guided by the advertised list of suggested thesis topics and supervisors. Availability of topics is limited and students should undertake to speak with prospective supervisors as soon as possible. Students who are unable to secure a supervisor and topic will be allocated a supervisor by the unit coordinator. Alternatively, students may do a thesis with a supervisor in industry or in another university department. In this case, the student must also find a second supervisor within the School of AMME.
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMME4112
Thesis B
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level Engineering units of study
N AMME4121 or AMME4010 or AMME4122 or BMET4111 or BMET4112 OR BMET4010
Semester 1
Semester 2
Note: Students taking this major are required to undertake a Thesis project relevant to the major.