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Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and Bachelor of Science (Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences)

The Department of Molecular Sciences offers two specialisations: Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and Bachelor of Science (Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences) as part of Macquarie University's Bachelor of Science. The department also offers the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Chemistry) and the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences) degree programs.

You can also take units from those offered by the department as a part of many other degree programs and double degrees.

Theses degrees will equip graduates with cross-disciplinary skills and perspectives as well as core expertise in both Chemistry and Biomolecular sciences that will enhance their employability.

Chemistry is a branch of science concerned with the synthesis, analysis, reactions and properties of molecules. This specialisation focuses on modern chemical principles and practice, including the synthesis and identification of substances. Chemistry’s application to environmental, health, materials and biological challenges form a key part of this specialisation. Chemical and Biomolecular scientists have been responsible for developing non-invasive cancer diagnoses and rapid pathogen detection, novel medicines and new ways to produce cheap, renewable energy. Those with expertise in this field are critical to our future development. This specialisation will help you understand how molecules form, interact and influence the structure and function of biological systems.

All the specialisations offered by the department 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 specialisation s are ideal for students with broad interests in the chemical, biochemical and medical sciences and their interfaces with other disciplines.

This 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. Chemistry and 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.

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science with a Specialisation in Chemistry

This specialisation focuses on modern chemical principles and practice, including the synthesis and identification of substances. Chemistry’s application to environmental, health, materials and biological challenges form a key part of this specialisation.
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Bachelor of Advanced Science with a Specialisation Advanced Chemistry

Advanced Science is an elite course for high-performing students. The specialisation enables students to gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a range of subject areas.
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Bachelor of Science with a Specialisation in Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences

The Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences specialisation 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 Specialisation Advanced Biomolecular Sciences

Advanced Science is an elite course for high-performing students. The specialisationenables students to gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a range of subject areas.
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2020 Chemistry Bridging Course

The Department of Molecular Sciences offers a bridging course which provides a solid foundation for your university studies in chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, and related disciplines.

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Postgraduate

Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (Science and Engineering)

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Master of Science Innovation with a specialisation in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. –

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Graduate Certificate of Laboratory Analysis, Quality and Management

The Graduate Certificate in Laboratory Analysis, Quality and Management is designed for students who are increasingly engaged in work related to analytical chemistry.

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Master of Laboratory Analysis, Quality 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.

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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.

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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.

To enquire about potential supervisors in the Department of Molecular Sciences, please send an email to fse.molsci-hdrscholarship@mq.edu.au

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