The Master of Engineering (Materials) is a 72-unit program offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Admission requirements

Applicants normally must hold with an average grade of credit or higher:

  • the Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science (specialisation M1-M2) or
  • equivalent progress in the Master of Engineering Science or
  • a relevant Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Engineering Science or
  • an equivalent overseas qualification.

Students without such a qualification should apply for the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science.

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Students who have completed a relevant Washington Accord accredited Bachelor of Engineering with honours or have passed the same topics in a Flinders University Master of Engineering Science may receive up to 36 units of credit towards the Master of Engineering degree.

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of materials engineering.
  • an understanding of advanced processing and fabrication methods of engineering materials and their characterisation
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of materials engineering in the design and manufacturing of engineering components and processes
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve materials-related problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • the ability to work and interact professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to undertake research in materials engineering and/or relevant areas
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future management roles

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate a deep understanding of structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials
  • apply advanced chemistry and engineering principles to develop materials systems
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner to solve problems related to materials engineering
  • competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex and advanced materials systems
  • communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge has been developed
  • develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of materials engineering
  • demonstrate knowledge of the research process, and be able to conduct research in engineering
  • contribute successfully to project management
  • design and conduct experiments for a research project, and analyse data using relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • apply research skills appropriate to postgraduate research or advanced industrial investigation.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Engineering (Materials), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Year 1 & 2 topics

18 units comprising:

ENGR3750  Workplace Preparation**  (0 units)
ENGR7921 Materials Selection in Design (4.5 units)
ENGR8822 Engineering Materials 2 GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9742 Standards, Ethics and Compliance (4.5 units)
ENGR9704 Project Management and Innovation (4.5 units)

Option - Group 1 topics

Plus 18 units from the following topics:

ENGR7752 Advanced Solid Mechanics (4.5 units)
ENGR7811 Advanced Mechanical Design (4.5 units)
ENGR9811 Solid Mechanics GE (4.5 units)
ENGR7702 Biomaterials (4.5 units)
ENGR7871 Corrosion (4.5 units)
ENGR7881 Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Materials and Devices (4.5 units)
ENGR7891 Fatigue and Fracture Analysis (4.5 units)
ENGR7901 Manufacturing Processes and Metal Forming (4.5 units)
ENGR7911 Materials for Civil and Construction (4.5 units)

Option - Group 2 topics

Plus 18 units from the following topics:

CHEM8702 Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry GE (4.5 units)
CHEM8711 Organic Synthesis and Mechanism GE (4.5 units)
CHEM8712 Introduction to Polymer Science GE (4.5 units)
FACH8702 Drug Action, Metabolism, Toxicology and Analysis GE (4.5 units)
MATH7701 Finite Element Methods (4.5 units)
NANO8701 Structure and Characterisation GE (4.5 units)
NANO8702 Frontiers of Nanotechnology GE (4.5 units)
NANO8710 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology GE (4.5 units)


 ENGR9403 Engineering Work Experience ** (0 units)

Plus either **:

 ENGR9700A  Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND  
 ENGR9700B  Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
 ENGR9700C  Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units) AND
 ENGR9700D  Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)


ENGR9710A  Masters Project (4.5/9 units) AND
ENGR9710B  Masters Project (4.5/9 units)

Plus 9 units of option topics taken from those listed above


* Students who can demonstrate equivalent work experience may be exempted this topic.
ENGR9403 may be taken any time after the student has completed 36 units of MEng study.

**The Masters Thesis can only be taken by students who have achieved a credit average or higher. Students are advised to discuss thesis ideas with suitable supervisors before selecting this option. Note that students who wish to use their Masters qualification to satisfy entry into a Flinders University research higher degree program are required to have completed an 18 unit thesis.

Students who have already completed studies with considerable overlap with topics listed above should choose alternative topics in discussion with the Director of Studies.