Chemistry

HONOURS SUBJECT AREA

Chemistry is the study of many different things around us: the study of how one substance changes into another and the relationship between the nature and structure of molecules. It plays a key role in studying things like how to obtain metals from ores, convert oil into plastics and develop cures for cancer.

In studying chemistry, you will come to understand the impact that it has on so many things around us: dyes, paints, medicines, silicon chips, artificial hips, synthetic fibres for clothing, energy storage, optical fibres and rubber tyres.

The honours year

The honours course in the School of Chemistry gives you the opportunity to get involved in a research program in an area that is of interest to you. It provides training in research techniques and experience using modern research instrumentation, and gives you access to newly renovated laboratories throughout the school. The honours course adds a new dimension to the skills that you acquired during your undergraduate years and enhances your immediate employment prospects and, more significantly, your future career potential.

In the honours year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a member of staff and complete a thesis based on the research. You will also attend advanced lecture courses, normally given by leaders in their field from overseas or Australia, and attend research seminars.

Workload and assessment

In the honours year in chemistry, you will have the opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a member of staff and complete a thesis based on the research. Following this, you will present a seminar on the research work completed. You will attend advanced lecture courses, normally given by leaders in their field from overseas or Australia, and attend research seminars. You will also undertake a component of coursework involving attendance at lectures or seminars.

As the honours year is a research based course, the major contribution to the honours mark is the research carried out during the year (90 per cent of assessment) including research work, written thesis and research seminar, with a minor component of coursework (10per cent) which may be examined through a written report, exam, oral presentation or assignment.

Honours projects

The School of Chemistry offers a wide range of projects for honours students covering all areas of contemporary chemistry.

More information about honours projects in chemistry is available at this link:
http://sydney.edu.au/science/chemistry/study/honours.html

Related subject areas

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