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The Department of Molecular Sciences offers a major in Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences as part of Macquarie University's Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Science degree programs. You can also take units from the major as a part of many other degree programs and double degrees.
The new major recognises that a large part of current and projected future application of the molecular sciences is at the chemistry-biology interface, and will therefore equip graduates with cross-disciplinary skills and perspectives as well as core expertise in both chemistry and biomolecular sciences to enhance their employability in a competitive sector.
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Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences encompasses the analysis, transformation and manipulation of molecules and the molecular interpretation of the world around us. The Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences major is based on understanding molecules, how they are formed and interact and how molecules influence the structure and function of biological and cellular systems as well as their interface with materials science, medicine and physics.
The major will provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to contribute to a sustainable environment; an understanding of health and disease; and advancing new molecular technologies. Study areas include analytical chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, physical chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry and genomics. The major is ideal for students with broad interests in the chemical, biochemical and medical sciences and their interfaces with other disciplines.
This major will offer a path into many chemistry and bio-industries including those engaged in chemical analysis, medical research, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and biotechnology and provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate studies. Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences graduates also pursue exciting careers in many areas benefitting from analytical, communication, team working and entrepreneurship skills. Program entry assumes no prior secondary level education in chemistry or biology, though students will benefit from having appropriate background.
Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences
The Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences major is ideal for students with broad interests in the chemical, biochemical and medical sciences and offers a path into many industries, including chemical analysis, medical research, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and biotechnology.
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Bachelor of Advanced Science with a major in Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences
Advanced Science is an elite course for high-performing students. The major enables students to gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a range of subject areas.
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Combined Degrees offering a major in Chemical and Biomolecular Science
- Bachelor of Science with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
- Bachelor of Science with the degree of Bachelor of Laws
- Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with the degree of Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Commerce with the degree of Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Archaeology with a major in Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences
- Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with the degree of Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (Science and Engineering)
Master of Science with a specialisation in Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences Innovation
This innovative degree provides you with training and immersive experience in how to take cutting-edge ideas in scientific disciplines from conception through development to realisation. It also builds skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation, as they apply to a range of scientific fields, supported by advanced technologies.
Master of Biotechnology
This course will equip you with a core competency in advanced molecular biotechnology approaches priming you for a career in making a difference to our lives and improving the health of our planet.
Master of Biotechnology and Business
This course will provide you with advanced skills in biotechnology, as well as the opportunity to acquire sought-after business skills, so that you’re well equipped for a business and management career in a science-based organisation, commercial institution or in government.
Master of Radiopharmaceutical Science
This course – developed in collaboration with professional radiopharmaceutical scientists – will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for a rewarding career in the field of diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. –
Graduate Certificate of Laboratory Quality Analysis and Management
The Graduate Certificate in Laboratory Quality Analysis and Management is designed for students who are increasingly engaged in work related to analytical chemistry.
Master of Laboratory Quality Analysis and Management
Developed in collaboration with the National Measurement Institute and the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia, this course will provide you with the practical experience and required understanding in chemical analysis, as well as the laboratory accreditation requirements that are increasingly demanded by prospective employers in commercial testing laboratories.
Higher degree research
The Department of Molecular Sciences has a vigorous research program, with all members of academic staff contributing to the diversity of our research activities. By taking a multidisciplinary approach, we address contemporary problems facing the world from the molecular perspective, particularly in the areas of environmental, biomedical, and life sciences. Many of our higher degree research students work in collaboration with other departments, ranging from biology to geology to physics to mathematics and medicine. Much of the Department’s research funding comes from external bodies including the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The Master of Research programme provides you with intensive research preparation before you begin doctoral study. Consistent with the internationally recognised Bologna model, this program prepares you to complete a PhD in three years - well short of the national average. Most of the Molecular Science research programs span disciplines and the MRes provides you with the opportunity to gain advanced expertise as well as research experience.
We offer PhD and MPhil postgraduate research degrees. Our postgraduate research students benefit from the generous financial and in-kind support, state of the art facilities and a supportive research environment.