Postgraduate Research

The School's higher degree research programs lead to respected qualifications and provide the opportunity to work and learn alongside researchers and educators of high standing. With our new research and teaching facilities, the School of Chemistry is well placed to support motivated research students from anywhere in the world. The research groups in the School have direct access to a large range of the most modern research equipment, including state-of-the-art surface analysis equipment, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, and analytical chemistry equipment.

Undertaking a research degree will give you the opportunity to learn how to do research in chemistry. When you undertake a research project in the School of Chemistry, you will join a research team and you will be able to take part in the many opportunities for learning provided by UNSW. A postgraduate research degree will teach you how to manage your own research program and how to problem solve on a large scale. These skills will be useful in many future careers, in industry as well as in academia. Our Ph.D. students move into jobs in industry (such as the biotechnology and plastics industries, environmental control and agriculture), in academic institutions both here and overseas, as well as with the government. A research degree is a wonderful opportunity to learn as well as contribute new ideas.

There are three postgraduate research programs offered by the School of Chemistry:

For details on applying for any of the above research programs, please visit the UNSW Research Gateway or enquiries about higher degree research programs, please contact us at:

To see what Postgraduate Scholarships you may be eligible for, visit our Postgraduate Scholarships page.

Want to know what it's like to be in one of our postgraduate programs?
Visit our Postgraduate Student profile pages to hear first-hand from some of our students.