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Corrosion Engineering

Corrosion Engineering

Masters by Coursework


Master of Science (Corrosion Engineering)
1 year, 6 months full-time


Expand your corrosion engineering skillset and apply suitable technologies to test and prevent corrosion.

Mining students inside a mine


Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Broad career options

Analyse a range of practical, corrosion-related problems.

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

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Corrosion engineers apply their knowledge and skills to combat the naturally occurring process of corrosion - the degradation of metals, stone or other materials. Corrosion is an important consideration for the energy and resources industries, which must employ excellent corrosion management practices to maximise efficient, safe production.

Corrosion engineers ensure the integrity of a plant and its processes through material selection and effective maintenance strategies. Regular inspection, monitoring and repair are required to extend service life, prevent shutdowns and reduce cost. 

A master degree diversifies your skill set and enhances your employment opportunities across a broad spectrum of industries. 

You will learn the fundamentals of corrosion from a materials perspective and electrochemistry, and then apply those understandings to practical examples in complex corrosive environments to select appropriate prevention strategies. 

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • A unique opportunity for career development in the energy and resources industry
  • There is a growing industry demand for qualified corrosion engineers and quality research in the field of corrosion engineering.
  • It is an issue particularly pertinent to the energy and resource industries where optimal corrosion management practices can have a positive impact on maximising efficient, safe production.
  • Online and flexible delivery

How this course will make you industry ready

A master degree in Corrosion Engineering diversifies your skill set and enhances your employment opportunities across a broad spectrum of industries. Upon completion, you will gain expertise in:

  • understanding the fundamentals of corrosion in a variety of environments
  • diagnosing corrosion problems
  • understanding prevention principles such as corrosion inhibitors, coating and cathodic protection
  • developing corrosion management solutions
  • upgrading your engineering skills by working on real-life corrosion cases and projects.

Career information

Corrosion and material engineers are primarily employed in the petroleum and mining industry but opportunities also exist in automotive, nuclear energy and transportation industries.

Career opportunities are usually in multinational companies where you can gain:

  • The chance to travel nationally and overseas
  • Experience in a variety of projects and the opportunity to learn different skills
  • The opportunity to be employed in multi-billion dollar projects of national and international significance.

What you'll learn

  • apply corrosion theories and principles to account for corrosion causes, failures, and prevention strategies for various corrosion phenomena
  • analyse a range of practical corrosion-related problems, or situations potentially impacted by corrosion, and propose reasoned, viable solutions
  • acquire relevant corrosion-related data from the literature and other sources, and evaluate and synthesise the data to help mitigate the effects of corrosion
  • use appropriate and professional language to communicate effectively with corrosion engineers, operators and managers in writing and in person
  • apply suitable technologies for corrosion testing and prevention, and explain their strengths and limitations
  • integrate own knowledge and past practical and academic experience to solve corrosion-related problems
  • describe major international corrosion prevention standards and practices, and outline their differences
  • demonstrate awareness of the cultural impact of engineering operations
  • apply time management, problem solving and critical thinking skills to investigate and solve corrosion problems

Admission criteria

  • A recognised bachelor degree in an area related to chemistry, environmental science, chemical engineering, civil engineering or hydrology, OR
  • A recognised bachelor degree with honours in a related field or graduate diploma in a related field. Applicants via this pathway may be eligible for credit for recognised learning, AND
  • Meet Curtin’s English competency requirements.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Overall band score6.0
  • Pearson Test of English Academic:
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE):

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Please note: due to unit availabilities, July intake students may be required to study part time for part of their degree hence extending the total duration. Please consult the course coordinator for your personalised study plan.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $27,200*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-CRENGR
  • Last updated on: March 3, 2021