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Study a Master of Chemical Sciences at La Trobe, where you'll learn in state-of-the-art facilities, graduating with the knowledge and skills needed for success in the emerging research and industry sectors.

Whether you're looking to develop your skills or get access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world, at the new $94 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, La Trobe University will provide students a pathway to career progression and expertise in Chemistry.

Throughout the course you'll gain access to Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Australia, which attracts more than $340 million in funding annually. Students can also be involved in research studies conducted by the Research Centre for Materials and Surface Science.

La Trobe University was rated above world standard for research in Chemical Science according to a 2015 Excellence in Research Australia report.

Career opportunities

Graduates are fully qualified for employment in a wide range of science-based industries and research laboratories and be well suited to participate in emerging industry sectors such as biotechnology, which is locally very strong.

Graduates could find work in a variety of roles in areas such as:

  • manufacturing
  • industrial chemistry
  • food technology
  • petrochemicals
  • biotechnology
  • chemical analysis
  • pharmaceuticals
  • research

Our graduates are currently employed by a range of organisations including:

  • ExxonMobil
  • BP
  • PETRONAS
  • BHP Billiton
  • Rio Tinto
  • Mars
  • Unilever.

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Master of Chemical Sciences

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$28,000 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time
Prerequisites:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent) in chemistry. Applicants who hold a Bachelor degree with substantial chemistry content equivalent to second or third-year chemistry may also be considered. Course adviser approval is required for all applicants. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Chemical Sciences may apply for membership with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Students with a Bachelor's degree including significant studies in chemistry may be granted exemption or Advanced Standing, provided the course coordinator can determine that sufficient material has been covered.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Advanced Chemistry A

Semester 1 or 2

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Topics for Master of Chemical Sciences A
  • Topics for Master of Chemical Sciences B

Semester 2

  • Advanced Chemistry B

Year 2

Semester 1 or 2

  • Chemistry Research Project A
  • Chemistry Research Project B

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

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State-of-the-art facilities

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Choose Master of Chemical Sciences at La Trobe

Study a Master of Chemical Sciences at La Trobe, where you will learn in state-of-the-art facilities, graduating with the knowledge and skills needed for success in the emerging research and industry sectors.

Whether you are looking to develop your skills or get access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world, at the new $94 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, La Trobe University will provide students a pathway to career progression and expertise in Chemistry.

Throughout the course you will gain access to Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Australia, which attracts more than $340 million in funding annually. Students can also be involved in research studies conducted by the Research Centre for Materials and Surface Science.

La Trobe University was rated above world standard for research in Chemical Science according to a 2015 Excellence in Research Australia report.

Career opportunities

Graduates are fully qualified for employment in a wide range of science-based industries and research laboratories and be well suited to participate in emerging industry sectors such as biotechnology, which is locally very strong.

Graduates could find work in a variety of roles in areas such as:

  • manufacturing
  • industrial chemistry
  • food technology
  • petrochemicals
  • biotechnology
  • chemical analysis
  • pharmaceuticals
  • research

Our graduates are currently employed by a range of organisations including:

  • ExxonMobil
  • BP
  • PETRONAS
  • BHP Billiton
  • Rio Tinto
  • Mars
  • Unilever.

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Course details for international students

Master of Chemical Sciences (062473J)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount ($A):
34 800
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
English language requirements:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent) in chemistry. Applicants who hold a Bachelor degree with substantial chemistry content equivalent to second or third-year chemistry may also be considered. Course adviser approval is required for all applicants. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Chemical Sciences may apply for membership with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Due to a laboratory-intensive second year, you must achieve at least an overall 60 per cent end-of-year mark, with no less than 70 per cent in the lab component in the first year, to be eligible to complete the course.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Advanced Chemistry A

Semester 1 or 2

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Topics for Master of Chemical Sciences A
  • Topics for Master of Chemical Sciences B

Semester 2

  • Advanced Chemistry B

Year 2

Semester 1 or 2

  • Chemistry Research Project A
  • Chemistry Research Project B

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

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