Engage with us
The Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences offers coursework programs and specialist subject majors at undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research level. A strong emphasis is placed upon practical experience, which takes place in some of the newest and best-equipped teaching and research laboratories in the country.
The Department’s teaching staff are all active researchers and are recognised for their work at both the national and international level. They conduct wide ranging research in the chemistry and biomolecular sciences fields working in collaboration with academic, industry and research partners across Australia and overseas.
HSC Chemistry Enrichment Program
We're offering a one-day study program in Chemistry on 12th July to assist year 12 students in preparing for their HSC exams.
The HSC Enrichment Program will be presented by Macquarie University academics on core and elective subject areas of the HSC Chemistry syllabus.
Our engagement with the community
The Department is home to Macquarie’s impressive National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), a nationally-recognised science schools engagement program, taking hands-on science out to secondary students and disadvantaged communities, with the aim of encouraging students – especially Indigenous students, to embrace science study and open pathways for them into further tertiary education. The Department’s undergraduate students can participate in the NISEP program (and other community outreach initiatives) and gain academic credit via the special PACE subject CBMS235 – ‘Engaging the community in science’.
The Department also has an energetic and active community program showcasing the fun, fascination and wonderment of tertiary study in chemistry and biomolecular sciences. The famed Macquarie chemistry magic show is always a hit at University Open Days, festival appearances and school visits, and the Department academics also host popular bridging courses and HSC enrichment days across the school year for incoming students.
The Department’s 3rd year biomolecular major students get an exciting opportunity each year to compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) synthetic biology competition – with Macquarie’s iGEM team recently receiving a gold medal at the jamboree in the USA.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Details in Handbook|
|CBMS107||Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1||Unit details|
|CBMS108||Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 2||Unit details|
|CBMS123||Alchemy, Drugs and the Quest for Immortality||Unit details|
|CBMS188||Advanced Chemistry I||Unit details|
|CBMS204||Organic Synthesis||Unit details|
|CBMS207||Physical and Environmental Chemistry I||Unit details|
|CBMS208||Chemical Analysis I||Unit details|
|CBMS224||Molecular Biology||Unit details|
|CBMS234||Alchemy, Drugs and the Quest for Immortality||Unit details|
|CBMS235||Engaging the Community in Science||Unit details|
|CBMS302||Chemistry Capstone||Unit details|
|CBMS303||Organic and Biological Chemistry A||Unit details|
|CBMS304||Organic and Biological Chemistry B||Unit details|
|CBMS306||Medicinal Chemistry||Unit details|
|CBMS307||Physical and Environmental Chemistry II||Unit details|
|CBMS308||Chemical Analysis II||Unit details|
|CBMS330||Biomolecular Sciences Capstone||Unit details|
|CBMS331||Molecular and Medical Biotechnology||Unit details|
|CBMS332||Protein Discovery and Analysis||Unit details|
|CBMS335||Medical Microbiology||Unit details|
|CBMS336||Molecular Biology and Genomics||Unit details|
|CBMS337||Biochemistry and Cell Biology||Unit details|
|CBMS389||Advanced Chemistry III||Unit details|
|CBMS604||Organic Synthesis||Unit details|
|CBMS606||Medicinal Chemistry||Unit details|
|CBMS607||Physical and Environmental Chemistry I||Unit details|
|CBMS608||Chemical Analysis I||Unit details|
|CBMS617||Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1||Unit details|
|CBMS618||Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 2||Unit details|
|CBMS624||Molecular Biology||Unit details|
|CBMS700||Research Frontiers in Chemistry and Biomolecular Science||Unit details|
|CBMS701||Selected Topics in Molecular Sciences 1||Unit details|
|CBMS702||Selected Topics in Molecular Sciences 2||Unit details|
|CBMS731||Molecular and Medical Biotechnology||Unit details|
|CBMS732||Protein Discovery and Analysis||Unit details|
|CBMS760||Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method Vali||Unit details|
|CBMS780||The Research Experience||Unit details|
|CBMS881||Major Research Project in Molecular Sciences||Unit details|
Resources and bookings
ChemAlert MSDS Access
By law, all organisations that stock and use chemicals must have a chemical safety management system in place. ChemAlert is the solution that has been adopted by Macquarie University for this purpose.
Please use ChemAlert to obtain Safety Data Sheets (SDS), print labels and inventory any chemicals you may use in the lab.
Instrumentation Booking Facility
Note: the Instrument Booking system is only accessible on-campus or via OneNet VPN.
F7B322/325 Room Bookings
Bookings for F7B Level 3 seminar room (F7B322) and anti-room (F7B325).
Contact Liz Field (02 9850 8275) to book these rooms.
E7B Writeup Room and Wet/Instrument Lab Bookings
Bookings for E7B 200/300 Lab rooms (E7B346 – Writeup Room, E7B349 – Wet Lab 1, E7B350 – Wet Lab 2, E7B347 – Instrument Lab). Contact Mark Tran (02 9850 4077) to book these rooms.
Prospective and current student enquiries
Domestic student enquiries: visit ask.mq.edu.au
International student enquiries: Submit an online enquiry
Or contact our Science and Engineering Student Services Centre
We work to provide a pathway from school science to internationally leading research. As part of this route, we are pleased to be offering courses in chemistry, mathematics and laboratory skills. There is a range of course options available.
These courses are a fantastic opportunity to get to know your fellow students and academics, brush up on your maths and science skills and gain the foundational knowledge you’ll need to progress through your first year’s science studies at Macquarie.
Course and program enquiries
|General Enquiries||Michelle Kang|
|Undergraduate Enquiries||Dr Ian Jamie (Chemistry) |
Dr Louise Brown (Biomolecular Sciences)
A/Professor Joanne Jamie (Medicinal Chemistry)
Professor Peter Karuso (Advanced Science)
|Postgraduate Coursework Enquiries||Professor Helena Nevalainen (Master of Biotechnology) |
A/Professor Joanne Jamie (Master of Radiopharmaceutical)
Dr Danny Wong (Master of Lab Quality Analysis and Management)
|Master of Research Degree Enquiries||Dr Louise Brown (Biomolecular Sciences)|
|Postgraduate Research Degree Enquiries||Professor Paul Haynes|