Biomolecular sciences Science

Biomolecular sciences Science

Biomolecular sciences focus on the molecular basis of life such as RNA, DNA, proteins and other molecules. At Macquarie you’ll conduct interdisciplinary study in biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, computational biology and bioinformatics to understand how the body works.

You’ll gain theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience in a range of relevant areas.

Biomolecular sciences focus on the molecular basis of the life such as RNA, DNA, proteins and other molecules, and extends to looking into cells that encase the life-maintaining activities. Biomolecular sciences contribute to the discovery of metabolic compounds and disease biomarkers, helps to keep the planet clean and healthy, and facilitates building new cell factories for the industry just to mention some. Living molecules can also be combined with other materials such as nanoparticles to make novel diagnostic and imaging tools. It also supplies us with the answers to many questions, such as:

  • What does a particular molecule do?
  • How does it relate and interact with other molecules?
  • What is the structure of a particular molecule?
  • How can we design new molecules and produce them in living systems?
  • Can we do a better job in producing e.g. pharmaceutical compounds and non-polluting industrial products?
  • How does the cell structure contribute to organisms’ properties?
  • Can we improve on this e.g. using synthetic biology?
  • How clever are the microbes- actually?
  • What can the –omics technologies do for basic and applied research?
  • How can we breed better plants?
  • What is the role of sugars in cancer?
  • What do the genomes tell us?

Careers in biomolecular sciences

What does a biomolecular scientist do?

  • Agribiotechnologist
  • Biomarker researcher
  • Biomedical sciences analyst
  • Bioproduct manufacturer
  • Drug discover researcher
  • Patent lawyer (with a Law degree)
  • Pharmaceutical developer
  • Wine maker
  • Research scientist
  • Teacher (with the Diploma of Education)

There are sound employment prospects for chemistry/Biomolecular Sciences graduates in industry as quality control chemists, biotechnologists, materials scientists, customer-service personnel and technical sales representatives. Government departments provide employment for chemists in their analytical and research laboratories. Graduates are also in demand as secondary school teachers and in specialised legal services such as patent law and licensing negotiations. Many chemistry graduates, particularly those with the Diploma of Chemistry in Industry, can expect to move into executive or management positions as their careers develop. Students graduating from the Environmental Geochemistry strand of the Bachelor of Technology program will be in demand from mining companies, manufacturing companies and government regulatory bodies.

Professional experience

Add to the world's knowledge and take a lead in important research discoveries alongside academic and industry researchers through Macquarie University's PACE program.

PACE student biology student Justin GalvinJustin Galvin completed his PACE activity at Westmead Children's Hospital where he examined whether type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and its associated microvascular complications are related to vitamin B12 deficiency. While no association was established, Justin was able to demonstrate that 70 per cent of T1DM individuals with coeliac disease also had folate levels in the lowest quartile. This discovery paves the way for future research in the possible benefits of folate supplements in patients with both T1DM and coeliac disease.

Justin’s research has allowed researchers to explore a topic which has only been touched upon lightly before, and for hospital staff to have a clearer indication of future research paths and questions. Through this experience Justin was able to develop his graduate capabilities of research, problem solving, ethical practice and communication and has since been offered an honours year at the University of Melbourne in the field of TIDM.

Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Scholarships and prizes


General University Scholarships to support undergraduate studies at Macquarie can be found through these links.

More specific Scholarships and Prizes offered for studying Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences are outlined below.

Chemistry & Biomolecular Sciences Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students enrolling in a Bachelor of Science degree undertaking a Major in Chemistry or Biomolecular Sciences or in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry stream. The scholarship is valued at $1000 and is available each year for up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.

For further details contact the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences:
Tel: 02 9850 8275,

CBMS Vacation Research Scholarship

These scholarships are open to Biomolecular Sciences and Chemistry undergraduate students. They are available during the summer break (December – February) for four weeks with extensions available by negotiation with individual lecturers. Applications are ranked on the basis of academic merit. The scholarships provide the opportunity for undergraduate students at any level to participate in cutting-edge research in a research laboratory. Scholarships are valued at $275 (tax-free) per week for a total of 4 weeks.

2014/2015 Vacation Scholarship Project list

For further information please contact the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular
Sciences: tel: 02 9850 8275.


Biomolecular Frontiers Research Centre Undergraduate Prize

Awarded for meritorious performance at third year level for students majoring in Biomolecular Sciences.

Biomolecular Frontiers Research Centre Postgraduate Prize

Awarded for the best peer-reviewed publication by a post-graduate student associated with the Centre.

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