Chemistry underpins many other sciences with some of the most interesting developments in science occurring at the interface of chemistry with other areas.
In taking a major in chemistry, you will come to understand the impact that chemistry has on the world around us, including the production of dyes, paints, medicines, silicon chips, artificial hips, synthetic fibres for clothing, energy storage and optical fibres.
One of the most exciting opportunities available to students studying Chemistry is the chance to undertake the elective Year in Industry program. This program allows students to undertake their third year of study in full-time employment in the chemical industry or a government scientific laboratory. The work ranges from the analysis of industrial chemicals to the testing of new pharmaceutical products and will expose you to the use of a wide range of instrumentation and techniques.
This opportunity not only allows students to broaden their skills and gain experience, but also opens up opportunities for future employability and research projects.
At the end of the Year in Industry participating students return to the University to complete the requirements of their course. In many cases, they then proceed to their honours year.
Employers participating in the scheme in 2018 (with one to three placements) are:
For more information contact:
Associate Professor Chris McErlean
A chemistry major opens the door to many careers, as training in chemistry is essential for many positions in industry.
Industry is being transformed as it moves to a molecular-based understanding of materials. Currently the growing areas of employment opportunities for chemists include biotechnology and nanoscience.
Both the public and the private sectors increasingly draw their higher management employees from chemistry graduates.
Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including:
Available in the courses above:
Many of these subjects can be taken from the shared pool of majors available to students in many university courses.
See all of our undergraduate courses.
An honours year will see you undertake a research project under the supervision or co-supervision of a member of staff, write a thesis and attend advanced courses and seminars. This year introduces you to research, which is all about designing experiments so that you can find out more about yourself and the world in which you live.
For more information visit the chemistry section of the honours page.
As a postgraduate student, your training will be intimately linked with research activities. You can take advantage of the school’s collaborative links with industry through our Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability Lab and the Key Centre for Polymers and Colloids.
Research the big questions in chemistry by doing a research degree, such as a
Research degrees in chemistry are offered by members of our academic staff in all areas of contemporary chemistry, including:
Bachelor of Science (Advanced), major in Maths and Chemistry