Engage with us

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.

Unit offerings

Undergraduate and Postgraduate 2020

Unit Code Unit Name Details in Handbook
BMOL1001BiomoleculesUnit details
CHEM1001Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1Unit details
CHEM1002Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 2Unit details
CHEM1101Alchemy, Drugs and the Quest for Immortality Unit details
MOLS1910 Advanced Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences I Unit details
BMOL2201Biochemistry and Cell BiologyUnit details
CHEM2201Analysis and MeasurementUnit details
BMOL2401Microbiology and Molecular BiologyUnit details
CHEM2601SynthesisUnit details
MOLS2910Advanced Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences IIUnit details
MOLS3002Engaging the Community in ScienceUnit details
MOLS3003Molecular Sciences ProjectUnit details
BMOL3201 Advanced Biochemistry and Cell Biology Unit details
CHEM3201Advanced AnalysisUnit details
BMOL3202MacromoleculesUnit details
BMOL3401Applied and Medical Microbiology Unit details
CHEM3401 Physical Chemistry IIUnit details
BMOL3402 Molecular Biology and Genomics Unit details
CHEM3601Advanced Synthesis Unit details
CHEM3602 CatalysisUnit details
CHEM3801 Medicinal Chemistry Unit details
MOLS3910 Advanced Chemistry and Biomolecular Science III Unit details
BMOL6201Biochemistry and Cell BiologyUnit details
CHEM6201Analysis and MeasurementUnit details
BMOL6202MacromoleculesUnit details
BMOL6231Advanced Biochemistry and Cell BiologyUnit details
CHEM6231Advanced AnalysisUnit details
BMOL6401Microbiology and Molecular BiologyUnit details
BMOL6431Applied and Medical MicrobiologyUnit details
BMOL6432Molecular Biology and GenomicsUnit details
CHEM6601SynthesisUnit details
CHEM6631Advanced SynthesisUnit details
CHEM6801Medicinal ChemistryUnit details
MOLS7001Selected Topics in Molecular Sciences 1 Unit details
MOLS7002Selected Topics in Molecular Sciences 2Unit details
MOLS7211Protein Discovery and AnalysisUnit details
MOLS7212Functional ProteomicsUnit details
MOLS7252Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method ValidationUnit details
MOLS7253Laboratory Quality SystemsUnit details
MOLS7611Molecular and Medical BiotechnologyUnit details
MOLS7900Research Frontiers in Chemistry and Biomolecular SciencesUnit details
MOLS7910The Research ExperienceUnit details
MOLS7911Laboratory Skills for Molecular Science ResearchUnit details
MOLS8001Selected Topics in the Molecular SciencesUnit details
MOLS8002Bioethics and BiotechnologyUnit details
MOLS8003Application of Nuclear Science to MedicineUnit details
MOLS8211Protein Discovery and AnalysisUnit details
MOLS8212Functional ProteomicsUnit details
MOLS8213Biochemistry and Cell Biology 2Unit details
MOLS8251Chemical AnalysisUnit details
MOLS8252Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method ValidationUnit details
MOLS8253Laboratory Quality SystemsUnit details
MOLS8411Molecular Genomics Analysis and DesignUnit details
MOLS8611Molecular and Medical BiotechnologyUnit details
MOLS8851Advanced Medicinal ChemistryUnit details
MOLS8902Major 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.


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

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 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

Enquiry Contact
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

A/Professor Anwar Sunna (Master of Biotechnology/Master of Biotechnology and Business)
A/Professor Joanne Jamie (Master of Radiopharmaceutical Science)

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

Exemption officers

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