• Code CHEM8033
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry, Physics, Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Zongyou Yin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.

A wide range of exciting projects in the field of materials science are offered for students to conduct a small, multidisciplinary research project in materials chemistry, physics and engineering. The students will undertake their individual project within a research group at the ANU under the supervision of a group leader. Students will experience how to conduct real research in this field by working, training and studying alongside PhD students, together forming a cohort of research students in Materials Science.

World-leading research will take place on characterisation of materials, processing and manufacturing of materials, and properties of materials.

Each of the research groups works within one or more of the following broad themes, and research projects available to applicants for the Masters of Science in Materials Science are listed under the following themes:

  • Energy materials
  • Environmental materials
  • Functional materials and application as smart devices
  • Optoelectronic materials and device, including Lasers/LEDs, photodetectors and solar cells
  • Polymers
  • Nanomaterials, for photocatalysis and electrolysis as catalysts as well as smart devices, bio-sensors, thermoelectric materials
  • Processing and manufacturing, including thin films, 3D printing, alloys, ceramics, polymers
  • Characterisation of materials, with a potential specialised on diffraction, microscopy and ESR

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Undertake advanced planning for a critical investigation of a chosen area of specialisation in materials science.
  2. Critically analyse and synthesise complex theory and concepts, identifying and utilising appropriate evidence and methodologies, to draw expert conclusions.
  3. Engage in specialist research discovery and critical review of appropriate information sources.
  4. Expertly communicate, verbally and in writing, advanced research concepts and contexts.
  5. Develop high level skills in advanced experimental techniques and specialist knowledge in materials science.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral presentation (30) [LO 1,4,5]
  2. Report (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours per 6 units of enrolment.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Science in Material Science or the Master of Science (Advanced) in Materials Science

You will need to contact the Research School of Chemistry to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

As assigned by each project supervisor.

Preliminary Reading

As assigned by each project supervisor.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 24 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $700 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $1000 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4166 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7149 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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