Our second year courses build on the fundamentals covered in first year. The courses are generally structured around the four pillars of chemistry: physical, analytical, organic and inorganic chemistry.

CHEM2041 (Analytical) is a prerequisite for all other second year chemistry courses.

CHEM2041 is offered in T1 and T3.

Depending on your program, you may have some flexibility in which Chemistry courses you choose. Have a look through each course listed below, and check with your program requirements to decide which is the most suitable for you.

Below are course details including which terms they are offered and the course coordinator. 


Physical Chemistry: Molecules, Energy and Change

Coordinator: Prof Tim Schmidt

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Organic Chemistry: Mechanisms and Biomolecules

Course coordinator: Dr Vinh Nguyen

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Inorganic Chemistry: The Elements

Coordinator: Dr Martin Peeks

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Analytical Chemistry: Essential Methods

Coordinator: A/Prof W. Alex Donald

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Chemical Origins of Life

Coordinator: Dr Albert Fahrenbach

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Food Chemistry

Coordinator: Dr Anna Wang

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Special Project in Chemistry

Coordinators: Dr Laura McKemmish and A/Prof Neeraj Sharma

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Undergraduate research

The School of Chemistry at UNSW gives undergraduate students opportunities to learn about and perform cutting-edge research.

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Course availability

T1 courses

  • CHEM2041
  • CHEM2921
  • CHEM2999


T2 courses

  • CHEM2011
  • CHEM2021
  • CHEM2999
  • NANO2002


T3 courses

  • CHEM2031
  • CHEM2041
  • CHEM2701
  • CHEM2999