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.

HSC Chemistry Enrichment Day

Each year we offer a one-day study program in Chemistry on to assist year 12 students in preparing for their High School exams.

The HSC Chemistry Enrichment Day is presented by Macquarie University academics on core and elective subject areas of the HSC Chemistry syllabus.

In 2018, HSC Chemistry Enrichment Day was held on Friday, 13th July, 2018.

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 2018

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
CBMS200Analysis and MeasurementUnit details
CBMS201Biochemistry and Cell BiologyUnit details
CBMS202Microbiology and Molecular BiologyUnit details
CBMS203SynthesisUnit details
CBMS235Engaging the Community in ScienceUnit 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
CBMS606Medicinal ChemistryUnit details
CBMS620Analysis and MeasurementUnit details
CBMS621Biochemistry and Cell BiologyUnit details
CBMS622Microbiology and Molecular BiologyUnit details
CBMS625SynthesisUnit 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
CBMS733Functional ProteomicsUnit details
CBMS760Analytical Measurement Uncertainty and Method ValidationUnit details
CBMS761Laboratory Quality SystemsUnit details
CBMS780The Research ExperienceUnit details
CBMS785Laboratory Skills for Molecular Science ResearchUnit 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.


4WW (F7B) 322/325 and 6WW (E8C) 311 Room Bookings

Bookings for 4WW(F7B) Level 3 seminar room (322) and anti-room (325),  and 6WW(E8C) 311 meeting room, please contact Reception (02 9850 8275).

14SCO (E7B) Writeup Room and Wet/Instrument Lab Bookings

Bookings for E7B 200/300 Lab rooms (14SCO 346 – Writeup 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’ll need to progress through your first year’s science studies at Macquarie University.

In 2019, it will be held from Wednesday 13th February to Friday 15th February, 2019. For more details and registration, please click here (Eventbrite website).

Volunteer with us

If you are a current student and would like to volunteer to assist in research and outreach activities, please have a look at our research groups and their research areas first.

Please fill out the online form below and we will put you in touch with our academics in relevant research groups.

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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