Materials Sc / Chemical Eng - 3137

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science

Contact: School of Materials Science and Engineering

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 240

UAC Code: 429620

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

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Program Description

The five-year dual degree program consisting of a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering is designed specifically to cater for students wishing to pursue a career in materials/chemical engineering with professional accreditation in both disciplines. The Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering has specialised academic streams in Process Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, Ceramic Engineering or Materials Engineering.

The BE BE dual degree program is based upon the existing single BE programs of Materials Science and Engineering (3135) and Chemical Engineering (3040) and is 240 UOC (5 years fulltime) facilitated by common first and second years, common Honours thesis project in year 5, reduction of 18 UOC in non-core content, and reduction of 6 UOC in the General Education requirement.

Students are required to demonstrate a high level of academic ability in their first three years and are expected to perform at a minimum credit level average (WAM 65%) to progress in both degrees. Student performance is reviewed at the conclusion of Year 2. Students who, at the end of Year 3, do not satisfy this requirement will permitted to complete only one of the BE degrees (this will require internal transfer to the single BE program). The BE BE program structure is specifically designed to facilitate this in that the courses done in Year 2 are acceptable to both single BEs (but need a Program Variation approval) and Year 3 is comprised of Year 3 of one of the single degrees.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please refer to the section above or contact the School of Materials Science & Engineering for information regarding the Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes.

Program Structure

Stages 1 and 2 are common to both BE degrees. Stages 3 and 4 as written below are specific to Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, respectively. However, Stages 3 and 4 can be done in reverse order depending on the students' preference. Courses in Stages 3 and 4 can be done concurrently subject to course prerequisite requirements and timetabling.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science component of the program requires students to undertake study in one of the following four study streams:

Stage 1

Recommended elective:
Note: Students can take the combination CHEM1011 and CHEM1021 or the combination CHEM1031 and CHEM1041 as a replacement for the combination MATS1101 and CIEC1001.

Stage 2

Stage 3

  • Professional Elective* (6 UOC)
  • General Education (6 UOC)

Stage 4

  • Professional Elective* (6 UOC)

Stage 5


Professional Electives* (totalling 12 UOC)

*For details of available Professional Electives for Stage 3, 4 & 5 please click on the links below:

General Education Requirements

Students in this program must also satisfy the University's General Education requirements. For further information, please refer to the General Education Guidelines.

Academic Rules

Please refer to Program Structure above and the School of Materials Science & Engineering Program Guide 3137 for the Academic Requirements relating to this program.


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Industrial Training

All students are required to have gained at least 12 weeks of approved industrial training before graduation and to have submitted satisfactory reports on such work. The training should be concurrent with enrolment and is usually undertaken during the summer recesses at the end of Stages 2 and 3. Further information is available on the Materials Science and Engineering website.

Professional Recognition

The Institution of Engineers, Australia recognises the Bachelor of Engineering in both Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering as meeting the examination requirements for admission to graduate and corporate membership. In addition, the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineering.

Related Program(s)

3135 Materials Science and Eng
3040 Chemical Engineering

Area(s) of Specialisation