Higher Degree Research

Higher Degree Research

The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences has a vigorous research program, with all members of staff actively involved. Research interests include: analytical/bioanalytical chemistry, environmental chemistry; atmospheric chemistry; chemical education; physical/biophysical chemistry; organic/bioorganic chemistry; biological/protein chemistry, structural biology, chemical genomics/proteomics, materials chemistry, theoretical chemistry/bioinformactic, molecular biology/genetics, microbiology, molecular cellular biology, and biotechnology.

The Department is well positioned in taking a multidisciplinary approach in addressing contemporary research problems from the molecular perspective, particularly in the areas of environmental and life sciences. It is possible to arrange higher degree programs through collaboration with other departments, ranging from biology to geology to physics. Much of the Department's research funding comes from external bodies such as the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Senior Researchers who are not full-time members of staff contribute to postgraduate training as Associate Supervisors.

This new 2 year program now forms Macquarie University's pathway to PhD study. It comprises a combination of advanced coursework and research training components.

You can find general information concerning the program organisation, scholarship possibilities and admission procedures on the Macquarie University MRes/BPhil website.

Year 1

You will receive academic advice from CBMS MRes committee members to guide your selection of an individual portfolio of advanced undergraduate coursework across the breadth of Molecular Sciences. This will include:

  • 6 Units of advanced disciplinary content*
  • 1 Research Communications unit (MRES700)
  • Our specific Molecular Sciences Research Frontiers unit (CBMS780)

* 700-level Units can be included from outside CBMS (e.g. STAT, MEDI or BIOL Units and others), should you have the appropriate academic background.

An outline of suggested 700-level: units and their selected offering (2015) & selecting units for 2016 information.

Units running:

Unit Code Unit Name Unit Outline
CBMS700 Research Frontiers in Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences [WWW]
CBMS704 Organic and Biological Chemistry [WWW]
CBMS706 Medicinal Chemistry [WWW]
CBMS707 Physical and Environmental Chemistry [WWW]
CBMS708 Chemical Analysis II [WWW]
CBMS731 Molecular and Medical Biotechnology [WWW]
CBMS732 Protein Discovery and Analysis [WWW]
CBMS733 Functional Proteomics [WWW]
CBMS736 Molecular Biology and Genomics [WWW]
CBMS737 Biochemistry and Cell Biology [WWW]
CBMS760 Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method Validation [WWW]
CBMS761 Laboratory Quality Systems [WWW]
CBMS780 The Research Experience [WWW]
CBMS785 Research Topic: Laboratory Skills for Molecular Sciences [WWW]
CBMS791 Research Topic: Advanced Organic Chemistry [WWW]
CBMS792 Research Topic: Chemical Biology [WWW]
CBMS793 Research Topic: Advanced Biomolecular Analysis [WWW]
CBMS794 Research Topic: Synthetic Biology [WWW]
CBMS797 Advanced Physical and Analytical Chemistry [WWW]

Year 2

Having joined a research team in the Department, you will embark on a structured program of research training under the guidance of your academic supervisor. You will encounter innovations being made in your discipline, perform literature reviews, receive training in current molecular techniques, engage in project planning and conduct your own research project (see section below).  The program will culminate in submission of a written thesis.

This month-by-month calendar shows all activities of the Year 2 Molecular Sciences program (Jan 2015 to Nov 2015 & June 2015 to May 2016).

Research Projects

Each year, suitable research projects currently underway are outlined for our new students, as well as newly resourced opportunities. You are invited to discuss your involvement in specific projects that interest you with the relevant academic researcher.

You can find all Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences MRes Projects on offer for 2015 here.


Molecular Sciences program:
Dr Louise Brown,
MRes Convenor (CBMS)
Email: louise.brown@mq.edu.au

General program enquiries:
Master of Research Team,
Phone: (02) 9850 7987,
Email: mres@mq.edu.au

CBMS MRes Committee for 2015:
Dr Louise Brown,
A/Prof. Bridget Mabbutt,
A/Prof. Mark Molloy,
A/Prof. Andrew Try

Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

Degree: PhD
Admission requirements: An Honours Degree of Bachelor with First-class Honours or Second-class Honours Division I or a Degree of Master with a substantial research component.
Length of candidature: 3-4 years full-time, 4-8 years part-time.
External candidature: Available in certain circumstances.

Master of Philosophy [MPhil]

The MPhil is a two-year full-time or four-year part-time degree that commences in March or August each year. There are five entry points into the program:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated research experience (coauthorship on a paper or other quantifiable experience able to be assessed by the Committee).
  2. Bachelor’s degree with a satisfactorily completed Macquarie University postgraduate certificate in research preparation.
  3. Bachelor’s degree with a satisfactorily completed honours degree which includes a research project normally worth at least 25% of the honours program load.
  4. Bachelor’s degree with a satisfactorily completed coursework Master including a research project normally worth at least 25% of the Master program load.
  5. Bachelor’s degree with a satisfactorily completed postgraduate diploma including a research component worth 25% of the program load and directly related to the acquisition of research skills.
Degree code: MPhil
Admission requirements: A pass degree in chemistry together with a Credit grade or better in the Macquarie Postgraduate Units CBMS805, CBMS815 that serve as the coursework for our 6 months Postgraduate Certificate in Research Preparation.
Length of candidature: 1.5-2 years full-time, 2-4 years part-time.
External candidature: Available in certain circumstances.

Further information can be obtained from the PhD and research degree page.

Forms and Applications

Applicants for higher degree research programs must make contact directly with potential supervisors to discuss research projects prior to applying. Application forms for admission and scholarship details for both local and overseas students can be obtained from:

Higher Degree Research Office

Download application forms.
Email: hdrint@vc.mq.edu.au
Telephone: +61 2 9850 9784 or +61 2 9850 7987

If you are an overseas student, you must first contact a staff member in the research area of your interest about scholarship opportunities in the Department and the associated language requirements. Please use the link above to obtain application material. If you have NOT contacted a staff member and are just interested in the possibility of a research degree in Chemistry, Scholarship information for overseas students can be obtained from:

Higher Degree Research Office

View HDR Scholarship website.
Email: hdrschol@vc.mq.edu.au

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