Master of Research

Master of Research

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)

General program enquiries:
Master of Research Team,
Phone: (02) 9850 7987,

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

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