Engage with us
The Department of Molecular 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.
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 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 receiving a gold medal at the 2017 jamboree in the USA.
Undergraduate and Postgraduate 2020
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Details in Handbook|
|CHEM1001||Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1||Unit details|
|CHEM1002||Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 2||Unit details|
|CHEM1101||Alchemy, Drugs and the Quest for Immortality||Unit details|
|MOLS1910||Advanced Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences I||Unit details|
|BMOL2201||Biochemistry and Cell Biology||Unit details|
|CHEM2201||Analysis and Measurement||Unit details|
|BMOL2401||Microbiology and Molecular Biology||Unit details|
|MOLS2910||Advanced Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences II||Unit details|
|MOLS3002||Engaging the Community in Science||Unit details|
|MOLS3003||Molecular Sciences Project||Unit details|
|BMOL3201||Advanced Biochemistry and Cell Biology||Unit details|
|CHEM3201||Advanced Analysis||Unit details|
|BMOL3401||Applied and Medical Microbiology||Unit details|
|CHEM3401||Physical Chemistry II||Unit details|
|BMOL3402||Molecular Biology and Genomics||Unit details|
|CHEM3601||Advanced Synthesis||Unit details|
|CHEM3801||Medicinal Chemistry||Unit details|
|MOLS3910||Advanced Chemistry and Biomolecular Science III||Unit details|
|BMOL6201||Biochemistry and Cell Biology||Unit details|
|CHEM6201||Analysis and Measurement||Unit details|
|BMOL6231||Advanced Biochemistry and Cell Biology||Unit details|
|CHEM6231||Advanced Analysis||Unit details|
|BMOL6401||Microbiology and Molecular Biology||Unit details|
|BMOL6431||Applied and Medical Microbiology||Unit details|
|BMOL6432||Molecular Biology and Genomics||Unit details|
|CHEM6631||Advanced Synthesis||Unit details|
|CHEM6801||Medicinal Chemistry||Unit details|
|MOLS7001||Selected Topics in Molecular Sciences 1||Unit details|
|MOLS7002||Selected Topics in Molecular Sciences 2||Unit details|
|MOLS7211||Protein Discovery and Analysis||Unit details|
|MOLS7212||Functional Proteomics||Unit details|
|MOLS7252||Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method Validation||Unit details|
|MOLS7253||Laboratory Quality Systems||Unit details|
|MOLS7611||Molecular and Medical Biotechnology||Unit details|
|MOLS7900||Research Frontiers in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences||Unit details|
|MOLS7910||The Research Experience||Unit details|
|MOLS7911||Laboratory Skills for Molecular Science Research||Unit details|
|MOLS8001||Selected Topics in the Molecular Sciences||Unit details|
|MOLS8002||Bioethics and Biotechnology||Unit details|
|MOLS8003||Application of Nuclear Science to Medicine||Unit details|
|MOLS8211||Protein Discovery and Analysis||Unit details|
|MOLS8212||Functional Proteomics||Unit details|
|MOLS8213||Biochemistry and Cell Biology 2||Unit details|
|MOLS8251||Chemical Analysis||Unit details|
|MOLS8252||Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method Validation||Unit details|
|MOLS8253||Laboratory Quality Systems||Unit details|
|MOLS8411||Molecular Genomics Analysis and Design||Unit details|
|MOLS8611||Molecular and Medical Biotechnology||Unit details|
|MOLS8851||Advanced Medicinal Chemistry||Unit details|
|MOLS8902||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.
4WW 322/325 and 6WW 311 Room Bookings
Bookings for 4WW level 3 seminar room (322) and anti-room (325), and 6WW 311 meeting room, please contact Reception (02 9850 8275).
14SCO Write up Room and Wet/Instrument Lab Bookings
Bookings for 14SCO 200/300 Lab rooms (14SCO 346 – Write up Room, 14SCO 349 – Wet Lab 1, 14SCO 350 – Wet Lab 2, 14SCO 347 – Instrument Lab), please contact Mark Tran (02 9850 4077).
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 will need to progress through your first year’s science studies at Macquarie University.
- Chemistry Bridging Course is held in February each year. In 2020, the bridging course will be held on 17th - 20th February.
Course and program enquiries
|General Enquiries||Michelle Kang|
|Undergraduate Enquiries||Dr Ian Jamie (Chemistry) |
A/Professor Louise Brown (Biomolecular Sciences)
A/Professor Joanne Jamie (Medicinal Chemistry)
Professor Peter Karuso (Advanced Science)
|Postgraduate Coursework Enquiries|
Dr Danny Wong (Master of Lab Quality Analysis and Management)
|Master of Research Degree Enquiries||A/Professor Louise Brown (Molecular Sciences)|
|Postgraduate Research Degree Enquiries||Professor Paul Haynes|