Welcome to the School of Chemistry

The School of Chemistry is a leading centre for both teaching and research excellence in chemistry in Australia.

UNSW chemistry students
Most employable students

UNSW placed in the AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards in 2020 and 2021.

#1 in Australia in 2021 for research output in Chemistry

(Nature Index Institution Outputs 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

Top 50

QS World University Rankings, 2022

Study areas


Study the world from the ground up with chemistry – from the sub-atomic, atomic and molecular to the spectacular. Whether you're looking to dive deep into quantum chemistry or have a passion for synthesising new products, the opportunities in chemistry are vast.
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Medicinal chemistry

Medicinal chemistry involves the development of new pharmaceutical agents, from concept to clinic. It's an exciting, rapidly-expanding area within the broad discipline of chemistry that has seen enormous growth recently both within Australia and globally.
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Research & impact

Our research

The School of Chemistry at UNSW is recognised nationally and internationally, for producing world-class fundamental and applied research in the field of chemical sciences to address real-world challenges.

Research groups

Find out why our chemistry research groups are renowned locally and internationally for their research. Learn more about our research groups.

Research centres

Our research centres are internationally recognised for their multidisciplinary approach that brings together expertise from a range of fields. We're committed to solving some of the biggest, most challenging problems facing the world.

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