Engage with us

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.

Enrol Today!

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 offerings

Undergraduate 2017

Unit Code Unit Name Details in Handbook
CBMS104BiomoleculesUnit details
CBMS107Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1Unit details
CBMS108Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 2Unit details
CBMS123Alchemy, 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
CBMS215 Microbiology Unit details
CBMS223 Biochemistry 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
CBMS604Organic SynthesisUnit details
CBMS606Medicinal ChemistryUnit details
CBMS607Physical and Environmental Chemistry IUnit details
CBMS608Chemical Analysis IUnit details
CBMS615MicrobiologyUnit details
CBMS617Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1Unit details 
CBMS618Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 2Unit details
CBMS623BiochemistryUnit details
CBMS624Molecular BiologyUnit details
CBMS700Research Frontiers in Chemistry and Biomolecular ScienceUnit details
CBMS701Selected Topics in Molecular Sciences 1 Unit details
CBMS702Selected Topics in Molecular Sciences 2Unit details
CBMS731Molecular and Medical BiotechnologyUnit details
CBMS732Protein Discovery and AnalysisUnit details
CBMS760Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method ValiUnit details
CBMS780The Research ExperienceUnit details
CBMS881Major Research Project in Molecular SciencesUnit 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.

Visit ChemAlert  site 


Instrumentation Booking Facility

Instrument Booking System

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

Bridging courses

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

Enquiry Contact
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

Exemption officers

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