Undergraduate Degrees and Programs

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Chemistry is a central science. If you have an inquiring, analytical mind and good powers of observation, then Chemistry is the perfect dicipline for you. These skills are developed during our degree programs, and make our Chemistry graduates sought after in areas of management, law and finance, as well as research and development, manufacturing and processing, and chemical analysis laboratory positions. A science degree with a major in Chemistry will open up a wealth of career opportunities for you.

Studying Chemistry at UNSW

Students interested in studying for a degree in Chemistry have a number of options:

  • General degrees

    In these two programs, students study chemistry in conjunction with other Science courses. Completing a major in chemistry can lead to entry into honours in Chemistry, which is ideal for those wishing to enter a chemistry-related profession. For more information please consult our degree portal entries for the Bachelor of Science and Advanced Science programs.

  • Combined degrees

    You can study Chemistry in combination with another discipline when your general degree above is combined with other degrees such as Arts, Engineering, Commerce and Education. If you're considering a combined degree or a double degree, you are advised to consult the online handbook glossary, especially the entries for dual awards, double majors, and course sharing.

  • Specialist degrees

    There are a number of specialist degrees which may appeal to students with an interest in chemistry.

    • Medicinal Chemistry (Honours)

      This is a professionally oriented, interdisciplinary program taught jointly between the School of Chemistry and the School of Medical Sciences. A four year program, this leads to an honours degree involving a research year including a medicinal chemistry oriented research project. For more information see the handbook entry for this program, or this overview of the program.

    • Nanoscience (Honours)

      This degree covers a range of disciplines and is focused on studying the construction of structures and devices made at the scale of individual molecules. Administered by the School of Chemistry, this degree is taught across Chemistry, Physics and Material Science. It is a four year program and involves a final year honours project in the nanotechnology area. For more information see the hanbook entry for this program, or this detailed overview of the program.

Descriptions of the chemistry courses offered both to chemistry majors and to students from other degree programs are available on this site. Undergraduate scholarships are offered by the University and by the School of Chemistry.

Current and prospective students (including transfer students from other programs or institutions) can obtain individual advice from our Student Support Manager, Room 105, Dalton building; Tel. (02) 9385 4666, Fax. (02) 9385 6141, e-mail: chemistry@unsw.edu.au.