Bachelor of Science (Materials)

Course summary

Materials transform our world from the optical fibres used in telecommunications, the silicon used in microchips, to the nanotechnologies changing our medical care. Materials science is about how we apply science in designing and testing new materials, how we explore the physics and chemistry of materials, and how we can improve the existing materials on which our societies and industries are built.

This degree

When you study materials science you'll explore the ways in which new materials are changing our world. You'll find out how to measure and control the strength of metals and polymers, learn about the structure of crystals and glasses, or discover how semiconductors work.

This course will provide you with the scientific knowledge and technical skills necessary for a successful materials based career in areas such as quality control and laboratory testing, materials process control, and research and development in government and private sector laboratories.

What you will study

When you choose the Bachelor of Science majoring in Materials, you will study core materials subjects such as the detailed structure of the properties of metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites. Electives in second and third years are selected from a list of subjects in the fields of Materials, Chemistry or Science and Technology Studies.

Course information

Study area

Engineering, Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1853

ATAR (UAI)

78

IB Score

27-28

Duration

3 years full-time (6 sessions) or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

073927D

UAC Code

757636

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $16,200
Full Course Fee: $97,200

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English plus Mathematics. Students with limited background in Physics or Chemistry are advised to enrol in bridging courses held in February each year.
Recommended Studies: HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics.

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.


Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent.
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC).
  • Minimum record of attendance equal to one year of study, or 1/3 of a Bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International Applicants: one week before session commences.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018 (TBC)
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Science (Materials) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate coherent knowledge of the chemistry and physics in materials, including metallic, ceramic and polymeric materials.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental materials knowledge including material microstructures, material thermodynamics, material mechanics, and phase transformations.
  3. Demonstrate skills in carrying out microscopic observation, mechanical and physical properties testing, and interpretation of the interrelationship between the material process condition, microstructure, and performance in application.
  4. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills in design and diagnosis of materials composition, processing, application, and failure in material scientific researches and industrial applications of materials.
  5. Communicate clearly and coherently knowledge and ideas to others. 

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Science (Materials) normally takes three years to complete. All students must take particular notice of the Course Rules regarding minimum rate of progress.

Electives in second and third years are selected from a list of subjects in the fields of Materials, Chemistry or Science and Technology Studies. Suggested elective programs are listed below. Students should consult their Course Advisor when choosing elective subjects.

To qualify for award of the Bachelor of Science (Materials), a candidate must complete 144 credit points, comprised of the following:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Choose ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
NOTE: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CHEM101. All other students must enrol in CHEM104.
ENGG103 Materials in Design 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
MATH141 Foundations of Engineering Mathematics 6 Autumn, Spring
Choose ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
NOTE: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) must select CHEM102. All other students must enrol in CHEM105.
ENGG105 Engineering Design for Sustainability 6 Autumn
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
MATH142 Essentials of Engineering Mathematics 6 Spring, Summer 2017/2018
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2017/2018
# Note: CHEM106 is required for students completing CHEM104 and CHEM105 as pre-requisite subjects for most 200-level CHEM subjects.  CHEM106 will be counted as a Chemistry elective in Year 2.
Year 2
MATE202 Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria 6 Autumn
MATE201 Structure of Materials 6 Spring
MATE203 Phase Transformations 6 Spring
MATE204 Mechanical Behaviour of Materials 6 Spring
MATE205 Materials Characterisation Techniques 6 Spring
Plus FOUR electives from the Material, Chemistry or Science & Technology Studies lists below. 18 credit points.
Year 3
MATE301 Engineering Alloys 6 Autumn
MATE381 Experimental Methods and Computing 6 Autumn
MATE302 Polymeric Materials 6 Spring
MATE303 Ceramics, Glasses and Refractories 6 Spring
Plus FOUR electives from the Material, Chemistry or Science & Technology Studies lists below. 24 credit points.
Materials Electives
MATE411 Advanced Materials and Processing 6 Autumn
MATE306 Fracture, Failure and Degradation 6 Autumn
MATE402 Secondary Materials Processing 6 Autumn
MATE413 Structural Characterisation Techniques 6 Autumn
MATE304 Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing 6 Spring
MATE433 Surface Engineering 6 Spring
MATE412 Electronic Materials 6 Spring
MATE305 Primary Materials Processing 6 Spring
Chemistry Electives
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
CHEM314 Instrumental Analysis 8 Autumn
CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6 Spring
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
CHEM321 Organic Synthesis and Reactivity 8 Spring
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2017/2018
Science and Technology Studies Electives
STS 216 Environmental Sociology and Politics 6 Spring
STS 286 Risk, Media and Communication 6 Autumn
Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Our ongoing concentrated high-quality research has ensured that Engineering at UOW is part of the Go8 ' Group of Eight & Associates, the top research Engineering faculties in Australia.

We are a leading engineering research institution in Australia, based on our longstanding collaboration with local and multinational industries and research centres in Australia and overseas. The Australian Research Council ranked our multidisciplinary work as 'well above world standard', and our civil, manufacturing, materials and mechanical engineering research as 'above world standard' performance.

Our faculty members are driving relevant and cutting-edge research in a wide range of areas focused on providing innovative solutions to global issues.

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