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Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) program at Murdoch University has an emphasis on chemical analysis at its core, which students can combine with aspects of other scientific disciplines to emerge with a bespoke qualification.

Chemistry is used to study all aspects of life in the 21st century, from the human body to the solar system. Its application is at the foundation of medical, environmental, agricultural and industrial research.

Core units in this course investigate the chemical and physical properties of molecules, as students develop a deeper understanding of their structure, synthesis, composition and usage. Research units can focus on an area of major study (not limited to chemistry) or examine methods and approaches.

Students will explore the complex areas of ethics and innovation and will apply the skills and knowledge they gain from this course to future roles inside and out of the lab.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Achieved a multiple-choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia.

Students may need to complete prerequisite units depending on their background in chemistry and related subjects.

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

Areas of study

In this chemistry course, the subjects you may study include:

Year 1

  • Foundations of chemistry
  • Introduction to chemical concepts
  • Principles of physics
  • Applied mathematics
  • Calculus and matrix algebra
  • Building blocks for science students
  • What is science?

Plus one general elective unit and two university-wide breadth units.

Year 2

  • Physical chemistry I
  • Organic and biological chemistry I
  • Chemical analysis
  • Research skills unit:
    • Psychology: measurement, design and analysis (for primary major in cognitive neuroscience and health psychology)
    • Introduction to research methodology and evidence based practice (for primary majors in health sciences)
    • Research in the physical and life sciences (for all other primary majors excluding information technology)

Plus three general elective units.

Year 3

  • Materials chemistry
  • Organic and biological chemistry II
  • Physical chemistry II
  • Research skills unit:
    • Advanced quantitative research methods (for primary major in cognitive neuroscience and health psychology)
    • Innovation and ethics in science (for primary major in chemistry, engineering technology, mathematics and statistics, mineral science, physics and nanotechnology)
    • Research and evidence based practice (for primary majors in health sciences)
    • Advanced research methods in science (for all other primary majors excluding information technology)

Plus three general elective units.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Murdoch University.

The course has strong foundations in mineral, environmental, biological and forensic science. Graduates can cross into a number of related fields, including agriculture and medicine, and work in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sector.

A chemistry graduate can take their qualification anywhere in the world and devote themselves to discovery in their lab or policy and process at their desk. Almost all industries and sectors, including the art world and professional services like law and accounting, present opportunities to graduates of this course.

Curious about where a career in science could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Chemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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