La Trobe University

Master of Chemical Sciences


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
2 years full-time
Fees and costs
$28,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

If you're a chemistry graduate, this course will provide you with additional or advanced training in specialised areas of chemical science, such as analytical chemistry, computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and instrumental methods.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Specialisations, majors and minors

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 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.

Career outcomes

This course places a strong emphasis on laboratory skills as well as theoretical knowledge - both of which are critical skills for a practising chemist. This course prepares you for employment in the chemical industry - in areas such as petroleum, chemical analysis, fine chemicals and research laboratories. You should also be suited to participate in emerging sectors such as biotechnology. High-achieving students in this course may proceed to a PhD and apply for a La Trobe University scholarship.

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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$28,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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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: