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Field of Study

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering

This major combines studies in mechanical engineering with additional specialist study in materials engineering.

Materials engineering is concerned with the selection, processing and development of materials to design and make products. Materials – metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites – give manufactured products their functional and aesthetic qualities.

Materials engineers apply their knowledge of the behaviour of materials to improve both the processing and the properties of a particular product. You'll work across a broad range of industries on everything from your phone screen and running shoes to aircraft wings and artificial skin, and in conjunction with mechanical engineering improve the performance of machines and structures.

Career paths can include design, operation, management, research and consulting in the automobile, whitegoods, steel, aluminium and polymer industries.

Graduate in demand

  • UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer this highly specialised major.
  • With a strong grounding in all aspects of materials engineering from material selection and failure analysis through to product design, research and development, and manufacturing processes, you will exit your degree with a highly valued qualification.
  • Mechanical and materials engineers are employed by private companies such as AlumniTech, TechExpo and Integra LifeSciences Corp.


1 in Queensland for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering

QS World University Rankings 2024

78 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2024

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Materials scientist

Average annual salary range

Mechanical Engineer


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars
  • Studios
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics
  • Engineering Thermodynamics

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