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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

Monash University


Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Science

Offered by

Department of Materials Engineering


Dr Nikhil Medhekar (Department of Materials Engineering)


Faculty of Science

Department of Materials Engineering



Materials science refers to the understanding and manipulation of materials to benefit technological advances in all aspects of health, engineering and manufacturing industries. Materials science is a discipline that is highly interdisciplinary, and draws upon the fundamental principles from physics, chemistry and biology for the creation of materials with specific, targeted needs.

Materials science course at Monash covers a broad range of topics including crystallography, thermodynamics, biological engineering and solid mechanics, before focusing on real-world applications of the wide of spectrum of materials ranging from polymers, ceramics, metals, metal alloys to biomaterials, nanomaterials and functional materials. Our laboratories have state of the art facilities for practical, hands-on training. Our lecturers are all active researchers as well as teachers, ensuring each course taught at Monash reflects the most recent advances in materials science.

Materials science professionals make a unique contribution to the design of new devices, products and components by developing new materials or by improving existing ones by altering material properties. Materials science essentially underpins careers as metallurgists, plastics engineers, ceramists, adhesive scientists in a variety of industries such as solar energy and battery devices, biomedical implants and drug delivery, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and aerospace and automotive industries.


Materials science is listed in S2000 Bachelor of Science, S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) and S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Clayton as a major or minor.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship between structure, property, processing and performance of various classes of materials (such as metals, polymers, ceramics, nanomaterials and biomaterials)
  • gain proficiency in various techniques used in characterisation of materials and recognise the limitations at the experimental level
  • integrate the acquired knowledge of materials to understand and extend their functionalities in devices and applications
  • recognise the importance of the role materials play in everyday life, especially in developing new devices and manufacturing technologies and in the challenges in addressing sustainability.


Minor requirements (24 points)

12 points at level 1 and 12 points at level 2.

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 1 units (12 points) chosen from:

* Note that these PHS units have mathematics units as prerequisites or corequisites.

(b.) The following two level 2 units (12 points):

  • MTE2541 Nanostructure of materials
  • MTE2542 Microstructural development

Major requirements (48 points)

12 points at level 1 and at least 18 points at level 3.

Students complete:

(a.) The requirements for the minor in Materials science (24 points)

(b.) Four additional units (24 points) from the following:

  • MTE2544 Functional materials or MTE2548 Biomaterials I
  • MTE3541 Materials durability
  • MTE3542 Microstructural design in structural materials
  • MTE3545 Functional materials and devices
  • MTE3547 Materials characterisation and modelling

Requirements for progressing to honours

24 points of relevant level 3 units, of which normally 18 points are materials science units listed above.

Refer to S3701 Bachelor of Science (Honours) for full details.

Relevant courses


Single degrees

Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*

  • S2000 Bachelor of Science
  • S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)
  • S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours)

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science component in the following double degrees:*

  • B2023 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
  • B2016 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Science
  • D3005 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • E3007 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • C2003 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Science
  • L3007 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2007 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • S2004 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • S2003 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • S2005 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music

* Students cannot complete a minor, major or extended major in the same area of study.