for Science and Engineering of Materials (CSEM) is a 'virtual' Centre established:
- to facilitate interactions in materials science and engineering across
departments and research schools in different disciplines;
- promote studies in materials science at ANU
- promote materials science
Why Materials Science? / CSEM's Organisation
Are you after a quality Bachelor of Science or Bachelor in Engineering
specialising in materials?
Are you after a diverse range of exciting career options?
Do you want to link up with world-class researchers in the materials science
If the answer is yes to any of these questions then the Australian National
University (ANU) is for you. It offers you one of the best environments
in Australia with a philosophy dedicated to the pursuit of scientific
In a report from the US Institute for Scientific Information, the ANU
was ranked the top university in Australia for its demonstrated impact
on scientific research and The Times Higher Education supplement in the
UK recently bracketed the ANU with institutions such as Harvard, Oxford,
Cambridge and Sorbone (Paris).
The nexus between the teaching and research arms of the university, the
Faculties of Science and Engineering and Information Technology, and the
various Research Schools in the Institute of Advanced Studies, enriches
our courses and research and gives our students some of the best facilities
and opportunities in Australia.
Why Materials Science?
Materials science lies at the foundation of many areas including: forensics,
bio-medical applications, aerospace materials, mathematical modeling,
craft and design, chemical engineering, quantum physics, molecular genetics,
robotics, building and art restoration - the list goes on.
Materials are the stuff of life and new materials are increasingly part
of everyday objects as well as high-tech devices. The study of existing
materials also has many important applications, for example in forensic
investigation or in assessing the condition of materials in existing structures
eg. aircraft or heritage buildings.
Materials science is an innovative and interdisciplinary area where you
can combine your interests in a variety of fields of science and technology.
(For more information on the scope of materials science and engineering,
visit CSEM's Scope of MSE page.)
CSEM has a Director (an ANU materials scientist actively involved in materials)
research, an Administrative Officer and a Communications Officer who coordinate
the Centre's promotion and communication activities.
Committee provides CSEM with input from the various institutions that
CSEM seeks to represent. The Committee also oversees the appointment of
has members from a wide variety of disciplines and locations across campus.
Department of Chemistry
Department of Engineering
Department of Geology
Department of Physics
Institute of the Arts
Institute of Advanced Studies
Research School of Biological Sciences
Research School of Chemistry
Research School of Earth Sciences
John Curtin School of Medical Research
Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering
Many of CSEM's excellent materials scientists are based in the Faculties
and offer courses in their own areas of specialisation. These courses
form the core of the BSc program in materials. CSEM members based in the
Institute of Advanced Studies also present specialist guest lectures,
particularly in first year.
There are a variety of different 'streams' of study available to students
interested in pursuing a career in this exciting and innovative field.
For example, students wishing to enter the field of bio-medical engineering
can combine their materials science study with strong biology and chemistry.
The flexibility of the BSc Materials course and the unrivalled level of
materials science mentors and facilities offered by ANU ensure that students
interested in materials can construct an excellent interdisciplinary degree.
A variety of Honours placements are available for students keen to progress
to higher degrees in the area.
At the post-graduate level ANU has a wealth of excellent researchers who
are keen to take on enthusiastic and talented young materials scientists
at the Masters or PhD level.