La Trobe University

Master of Chemical Sciences


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
34 800

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

Academic entry requirement

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.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

The degree offers employment opportunities in a wide range of science-based industries and research laboratories. You can work in the chemical industry, for example petroleum-based, biotechnology, chemical analysis and fine chemicals. If you achieve high results, you may proceed to study further for 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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

34 800


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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

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:

CRICOS code: 062473J