Welcome to Chemistry at UNE.

Studying chemistry at UNE offers students exciting opportunities at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and provides the opportunity to gain insights into the world-class research occurring at UNE.

Chemistry is often referred to as "the central science", because it connects all areas of sciences. The discipline of Chemistry at UNE plays a vital role in the education of students across many areas of science and science education as well as those majoring in chemistry. Chemistry is concerned with the structure, properties and reactions of substances at the atomic, molecular and macromolecular scale. Substances studied by chemists range from the commonplace such as air and water to unique compounds produced in research laboratories.

Why Study Chemistry at UNE?

Chemistry at UNE rates highly for teaching at all levels, from undergraduate through to PhD. We offer students both on campus and online study options, with online students gaining valuable laboratory skills through on-campus intensive schools, which are held in Armidale NSW. On-line study also allows students to remain in employment and/or familiar surrounding, whilst gaining a full qualification in chemistry or a related disciplines.

Chemistry staff are committed to making the study of chemistry as accessible as possible and to instil a passion for chemistry and its life-long learning. The highly qualified staff are friendly, approachable and utilise flexible modes of teaching to facilitate the learning of high-level skills. Our teaching and research facilities are world class, as are the team's research activities. This is evidenced by our Level 3 (at world standard) and Level 4 (above world standard) star ratings in the latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) for Chemical Sciences and Macromolecular and materials areas of research.

Our commitment to teaching standards and have been recognised by the Royal Chemistry Institute of Australia (RACI). In 2017, one of our staff, Dr Erica Smith, was awarded Educator of the year. This was an honour for a relatively small, regional institution but goes to show that our teaching is on par with many of our larger counterparts.

For students with no prior study in science or chemistry, UNE offers alternate pathways into science based undergraduate degree programs via the Bachelor of Scientific Studies.


Bachelor of Science*
This course is designed to provide students with the skills and techniques necessary for solving problems associated with a broad of range of issues in science. The extensive range of majors, which are available in established and emerging, generalist and specialist sciences, are all underpinned by cutting edge research.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science*
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws*
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science)

* Majors in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Science are available within the Bachelor of Science (BSc) or the BSc component of double or combined degrees.

Bachelor of Scientific Studies
The course will provide students with basic skills and knowledge in a range of disciplines in science through a coherent program of study. Graduates will have a broad scientific background to assist with future employment or to pursue further study.

Bachelor Honours
Bachelor of Science with Honours
This course is designed to allow suitably qualified graduates to extend their studies in areas relevant to the sciences, either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies.

Postgraduate Study by Coursework
Graduate Certificate in Science
Chemistry is a component in two majors in the Graduate Certificate in Science – Chemistry and Physical Sciences.

Graduate Diploma in Science
Chemistry is a component of three majors in the Graduate Diploma in Science - Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Physical Sciences. Each major allows the opportunity to complete a small research project.

Master of Scientific Studies
Chemistry is a component of two majors in the Master of Scientific Studies – Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry. Each major allows the opportunity to complete a research project.

Postgraduate Study by Research
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Science


100 level
CHEM110 Chemistry I
CHEM120 Chemistry II
CHEM100 Introductory Chemistry
FSC102 Fundamentals in Forensic Science

200 level
CHEM204 Biological and Organic Chemistry
CHEM210 Physical Chemistry: Quantum and Thermal Structure
CHEM220 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM250 Analytical Chemistry

300 level
PHYS301 Microscopic to Macroscopic Physics and Chemistry
CHEM302 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM303 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM305 Applied Physical Chemistry
CHEM306 Materials Chemistry
FSC310 Forensic Chemistry
SCI395 Science Report

CHEM400 Honours in Chemistry (Discipline level honours units have not been offered since 2017. They are covered by SCI400).

CHEM404 Biological and Organic Chemistry
CHEM502 Organic Structure and Reactivity
CHEM503 Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM505 Applied Physical Chemistry
CHEM506 Materials Chemistry

FSC510 Forensic Chemistry
PHYS501 Microscopic to Macroscopic Physics and Chemistry
SCI499 Graduate Diploma in Sciences Thesis
SCI599 Master of Scientific Studies Thesis


Chemistry is typically considered the “Central Science” or “Enabling Science” as so many fields depend on chemistry. Therefore the study of chemistry can lead to a range of career options. Some of these include working in analytical chemistry or forensic laboratories or working in areas such as:

  • environmental science
  • biotechnology;
  • medicine;
  • metallurgy;
  • petrochemical industries;
  • pharmaceuticals;
  • science teaching;
  • government departments;
  • policy development;
  • chemical research;
  • engineering;
  • geochemistry;
  • agrochemistry;
  • environmental law; and
  • journalism.

Chemistry graduates are problem solvers and have analytical and communication skills which are essential and sought after, in many workplaces.

Chemistry Research

To learn more about the research being carried out by staff in the chemistry discipline please click the below link.

Chemistry Research


After completing of a major in chemistry, UNE graduates are able to apply for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (MRACI) and after three years' employment in a relevant area, may use the additional title Chartered Chemist (C.Chem).

For further information on Chemistry at UNE, please contact the Discipline Convenor.

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