Materials Science and Nanotechnology

nanotech laboratory equipment

Nanoscience is the study of structures and materials of extremely small things that can be used across all the other science fields such as such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Engineering.

If you are interested in discovering how to develop new products across industry sectors such as electronics, energy health and manufacturing – a career in nanotechnology could be for you.

Where do I start?

Bachelor of Science in either Physics or Chemistry will provide ideal preparation for a career in materials science and nanotechnology. Studying Physics will give you a broad and solid understanding of the underlying physical sciences to start specialising in nanoscience or nanotechnology, while Chemistry deals with the composition, structure and behaviour of atoms and molecules that make up all forms of matter. 

A BSc is just the beginning. You could boost your career options further by gaining a postgraduate degree.

Bachelor of Science in Physics

A Physics degree from UC will prepare you well for a career in nanotechnology. 

Modern physics provides a framework for understanding and contributing to major advances in technology and our graduates find employment in a huge variety of industries. Research in physics over the past 20 years has led to significant advances in everything from cancer treatments and life-saving MRI scanners, to computers and GPS.

If you’re interested in this area of science you could do a BSc in Physics; with Chemistry, Psychology and Biology as additional subjects.

Degree Structure

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
OPTION
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(1) Choose a course you are interested in.

Transferable skills

Critical thinking, chemical and biological sciences, interdisciplinary knowledge, interpretation of data, laboratory skills in physical, maths, problem-solving skills.

Postgraduate study

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)), Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc), Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Career options

Biotechnology; electronics/semiconductor industry; energy capture and storage; environmental monitoring; forensics; materials science including textiles, pharmaceutics; polymers and packaging; product design; product development; research.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

UC’s BSc in Chemistry is hands-on with a significant amount of laboratory time and research experiences. As a first-year student you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art labs, be taught by experts in their field and learn about and conduct exciting new research into areas such as synthesis, nanotechnology and new materials, electrochemistry, computational chemistry and more.

If you’re interested in this area of science you could do a BSc in Chemistry; with Physics, Maths and Computer Science as additional subjects.

Degree Structure

Transferable skills

Interdisciplinary knowledge, problem-solving skills, maths, critical thinking, interpretation of data, laboratory skills in physical, chemical. Both pathways can lead to post-graduate study in Medical Physics.

Postgraduate study

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)), Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc), Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Careers and Academic Pathways

Research, product design, product development, biotechnology, pharmaceutics, environmental monitoring, forensics, electronics/semiconductor industry, materials science including textiles, polymers and packaging, energy capture and storage.

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