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Master of Science in Materials Science (Advanced option available)


Materials science is a rapidly-growing, multidisciplinary field that transcends the traditional areas of chemistry, physics, engineering, and biology, with broad applications across technology, healthcare, engineering, and environmental science.

With a Master of Science in Materials Science from Australia’s top-ranked university you'll be equipped to face the key challenges in the development of new materials, including nanomaterials, and contribute to issues such as renewable energies, battery storage, energy efficiency, tissue engineering, and environmentally conscious and biocompatible materials. 

At ANU, we have state-of-the-art instrumentation including single crystal and powder diffraction, atomic force microscopy, reactor and polymerisation equipment, femtosecond laser spectroscopy, and extensive magnetic resonance and magneto-optical instrumentation. 

Advanced program

The Advanced program provides you with the opportunity to extend your practical, coursework experience in materials science with a research project supervised by an academic. You will be required to develop expertise in a nominated area through independent research and completion of a dissertation. It is particularly relevant to those who wish to benefit from the research strengths of ANU or pursue a PhD. 

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for the Advanced version of this program.

Key facts

  • #1 in Australia for Chemistry (THE 2023)

  • 2 years full time

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)

  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for the Advanced version of this program


Drawing on world-leading expertise from materials scientists across our chemistry, physics and engineering research schools, the Master of Science in Materials Science will see you graduate with skills and knowledge you need to be highly competitive in the rapidly expanding materials science industry. It will prepare you for a future in industry, government, or education across areas including green energy technologies, polymer technologies, biomedical engineering, materials engineering, and chemical engineering. 

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2022. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Start-up your career

The ANU Research School of Chemistry hosts start-up companies like Nanostratus, producing novel surface coatings with applications in many fields and Spark3d, developing next-generation 3D printers which can manufacture polymeric, organic, semiconducting, or metallic materials into complex shapes.

Learning experience

Battery Lab

Access national facilities

As part of our pioneering Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program (BSGIP), we are home to the Battery Lab, a national facility researching battery materials and energy storage technologies. 

Take a walk-through tour of the lab

Be part of cutting-edge breakthroughs

As well as being your teachers, our chemists are actively working on ground-breaking inventions - like an ultra-thin diamond transistor which could outperform today's devices in high-radiation environments such as rocket engines.

Read more about this research

Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.

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Mark Ellison

Associate Professor Mark Ellison

Mark Ellison

Mark has won numerous awards for his contribution to science teaching and education. He is senior lecturer and First-Year Chemistry coordinator at the ANU Research School of Chemistry.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the international postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

International postgraduate applications

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the domestic postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

Domestic postgraduate applications

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