Chemistry is a central science - a key part of your scientific toolbox. If you have an enquiring, analytical mind and good powers of observation, then chemistry is the perfect discipline for you. Our chemistry graduates are sought after in areas of research and development, management, law, manufacturing and processing, finance and for chemical analysis laboratory positions.
We're ranked 1st in Australia for research output in chemistry.* The School of Chemistry is a leading centre for both teaching and research excellence in Australia – developing cutting-edge knowledge to solve real-world problems. Your learning will be spread across tutorials, lectures, online content and hands-on experiments in our teaching labs. The Students of Chemistry Society (SOCS) organise many social events open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and anyone on campus with an interest in chemistry, medicinal chemistry or nanotechnology. SOCS is supported by ARC, the UNSW student organisation.
Chemistry is all about discovering new ways of looking at the world and exploring new techniques to make it better. We'll provide you with opportunities to get involved in research so you can gain the skills and experience needed to make your own meaningful discoveries.
UNSW's School of Chemistry has a range of research groups and centres with interests spanning the full spectrum of chemistry and chemistry-related interdisciplinary fields. You'll have access to these groups and centres to learn about how research works, the next big discoveries and what a scientific career can look like.
As an undergraduate student, you can take CHEM2999 or CHEM3998 and work with a supervisor at UNSW. These courses give you the opportunity to explore new ideas and develop your skills as an independent thinker in the lab. You can also get a head start on your career whilst living abroad in the summer holidays through our range of overseas research and work internship opportunities.
A degree in chemistry will open doors for you in the local and international job market. Chemists do not necessarily work in labs - your skills will be highly transferable and will suit many industries from finance to politics, food manufacturing to smart packaging, and everything in between. It's possible (and advisable) to use your personal interests as a basis for your choice of career. You could pursue a career as a research chemist, environmental consultant or laboratory technician.
You can study chemistry in the following undergraduate degrees:
A chemistry major can be combined with other subjects both within and outside the Faculty of Science. With this flexibility, you can tailor your chemistry degree to suit you.
Gain research experience and enhance your career prospects with an honours degree. These programs are designed to connect your undergraduate study with supervised independent research. An honours degree also provides a pathway into further study, such as a Masters by Research or PhD. You can take honours as a standalone degree or as part of an embedded honours program.
Embedded honours programs
Standalone honours program
You can study chemistry in the following postgraduate research degrees:
*Nature Index Institution Outputs 1 Dec 2019 - 30 Nov 2020