University Handbook 2015

Master of Chemical Sciences

Course code/s: SMCHS – Melbourne

Course Coordinator: Mr Mark Hinds

For current student enquiries contact ASK La Trobe.

For prospective student enquiries contact Future Students.

Admission requirements

Domestic students

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

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.

Course description

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.

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.

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 duration

The Master of Chemical Sciences degree is two years full-time, or four years part-time.

Indicative time commitment

In the first year of the course, a full-time student would be expected to have approximately 40 contact hours per semester, which would comprise of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

In the second year of the course, a full-time student would be expected to work five days a week on their research project (supervised). For local students a part-time enrolment for the research project is possible by negotiation with the project supervisor and the course coordinator.

Course structure

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

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

Key: ** SCI5AIM is a not-for-credit subject that 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.

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.

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.

Administrative contact

To be confirmed


Research links

Contact us