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La Trobe University
University Handbook 2014

Master of Chemical Sciences

Course code/s: SMCHS - Melbourne

The main objective of this course is to provide additional and advanced training in areas of chemical science (analytical chemistry, computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, instrumental methods) to chemistry graduates and graduates with a chemical background with a substantial content equivalent to third year chemistry in their previous studies.

An aim of the course is for graduates to complete a course of study (subjects) upgrading and updating their earlier studies/degree. The program will culminate in a research project subject to satisfactory completion of the coursework units.

Admission requirements

To be eligible to enrol in the Master of Chemical Sciences degree, prospective students must have completed a three-year undergraduate degree in Chemistry or hold a degree with substantial chemistry content equivalent to second/third year chemistry. International students are required to have equivalent qualifications from a recognised university. International students must also provide evidence of English proficiency at the postgraduate entry level.

Exemption or Advanced Standing for previous study

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 equivalent to the content of CHE3ADB.

Professional recognition

Students successfully completing the two year program will be entitled to become members of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) which accredits undergraduate chemistry courses in Australia.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of this course exist in the chemical industry (petroleum based, biotechnology, chemical analysis, fine chemicals, etc). High achieving students may proceed to study further for a PhD and apply for a La Trobe University scholarship.

Expected vocational outcomes

Students will graduate with a Masters degree including coursework studies in chemistry. They will be 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.

Course structure

The course structure requires students to complete 60 credit points of third year undergraduate chemistry subjects.

** SCI5AIM is a not-for-credit subject which you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First year subjects (120 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 or 2 Academic Integrity Module (online) ** SCI5AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Advanced Chemistry A CHE3ADA 30
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Topics for Master of Chemical Sciences A CHE5TMA 30
TE-SEM-2 Advanced Chemistry B CHE3ADB 30
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Topics for Master of Chemical Sciences B CHE5TMB 30
Second year subjects (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Chemistry Research Project A CHE5PRA 60
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Chemistry Research Project B CHE5PRB 60

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate Subject Code or refer to the Subject/Unit Database at