Highlights

  • Learn the basics before developing a more detailed understanding of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.
  • Complete a research project in your final year, and take field trips to major industrial sites.
  • Choose a degree that's recognised by employers for its analytical chemistry component and focus on safe laboratory practices.
  • Prepare for a career as an industrial chemist, materials scientist, environmental chemist, quality control analyst, laboratory supervisor, food chemist, or an organic/inorganic chemist.
  • Learn in our new multimillion dollar research and teaching facilities.

Highlights

  • Learn the basics before developing a more detailed understanding of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.
  • Complete a research project in your final year, and take field trips to major industrial sites.
  • Choose a degree that's recognised by employers for its analytical chemistry component and focus on safe laboratory practices.
  • Prepare for a career as an industrial chemist, materials scientist, environmental chemist, quality control analyst, laboratory supervisor, food chemist, or an organic/inorganic chemist.
  • Learn in our new multimillion dollar research and teaching facilities.

Why choose this course?

The QUT chemistry degree is a qualification that is known and respected by employers. Many employers prefer QUT chemistry graduates, especially those with an extension minor in analytical chemistry, because of their advanced technical skills, their experience with modern instrumentation and their training in scientific communication. Our training in analytical chemistry throughout the chemistry degree is renowned nationally.

You will undertake comprehensive laboratory work including experiments using modern computer-based analytical instruments and gain knowledge and experience in the health and safety aspects of handling chemicals. You will be guided by highly respected lecturers, many actively involved in cutting-edge research. 

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What to expect

Chemists are involved in most areas of science, technology, environment and industry; for example, medicinal drugs, nanotechnology, water and air quality and energy production. Manufacturing industries rely on chemists to ensure that quality and safety standards are maintained. The development of better and safer drugs depends heavily on the input of chemists. 

Chemistry principles are fundamental to many other disciplines, including biotechnology, environmental science, geosciences, materials science and food science.

At QUT, you will study analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry with an additional focus on modern applications such as nanotechnology, analytical chemistry and spectroscopy.

 

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Employment opportunities are diverse and, you may become an industrial chemist, materials scientist, environmental chemist, quality control analyst, laboratory supervisor, food chemist or an organic/ inorganic chemist. Your interaction with QUT experts in drug development, clay and minerals chemistry, renewable energy sources, nanotechnology, environmental monitoring and applications of modern analytical instrumentation, may lead to careers in these areas.

QUT graduates are sought after by police and other forensics laboratories because of their extensive practical training using modern analytical instrumentation. You could consider undertaking a graduate-entry teacher education program after your degree to pursue a teaching career.

*Check entry requirements for graduate-entry teacher education programs to ensure you have the discipline knowledge required for your chosen teaching areas.

Professional recognition

Graduates completing the chemistry major with the chemistry for industry second major are eligible for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. 

 

Other study options

Possible careers

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical Technologist
  • Chemist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Industrial Chemist
  • Inventor
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)
  • Policy Officer
  • Research and Development Chemist

Details and units

During your first year of study you’ll get to sample a range of core science disciplines, allowing you to decide on your major later.

Faculty core units

These five units give you an introduction to the principles of science. The inquiry based experimental science units will give you the opportunity to learn by enquiry and become familiar with the methods of scientific inquiry.

From your very first semester, you will collaborate with your peers and teaching staff in QUT’s exciting new learning environments. You will explore real-world problems from multiple scientific perspectives and learn the tools of the trade. Depending on your choices, you may find yourself out in the field, working in the laboratory or learning about the impact of scientific discovery on people, policy, industry and the planet.

Working with data you have collected, you’ll study how to apply fundamental methods of scientific practice, perform scientific analysis, and learn the tools to present your findings. You’ll have the opportunity to explore and discover the range of career and professional outcomes available to you, so you can gain the most from your unit selection and the flexibility the Bachelor of Science has to offer.

Primary major

Your major is your main area of study for what you aspire to become professionally. You will receive in-depth knowledge and expertise within your chosen scientific discipline, preparing you for entry into the workforce or further study. Your primary major comprises 11 units. From 2018  MXB100 Introductory Calculus and Algebra will also be part of your major.

Complementary study areas

This is where you make the degree your own, tailoring your studies to further match your individual career goals with a wide range of complementary study options available. You’ll have the opportunity to develop sought-after professional skills, deepen your understanding of your major discipline, pursue an interest from across the university, or broaden your scientific understanding. You can even work with industry or study overseas to gain credit towards your degree.

You can choose: a second major (eight units); or a minor (four units).

Second major (eight units)

Choose a second area of study to complement your major, and develop a significant depth of knowledge and skills in two discipline areas. Experience another field, learn another academic methodology and experience interdisciplinary networking.

Choose a second science discipline (biological sciences, chemistry, environmental science or physics), or explore different perspectives which might include:

  • computational and simulation science
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • science communication, or
  • policy and governance.
Minor (four units)

You might prefer to expand the breadth and depth of your studies by adding to your chosen science major with two minors.

 

 

 

Requirements

Selection rank
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2021.

Don't have a selection rank?

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Course code
ST01
QTAC code
418011
CRICOS code
077696D
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Commencing studies in 2022: this program is available for on-campus studies only.
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

 

Year 12 early offer scheme 

If you’re a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer for this course on the last day of Queensland Year 12, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank. 

Find out more about the QUT Year 12 Early Offer Scheme 

Helping you to get into your course 

If you don't think your ATAR or selection rank is high enough to get into this course, you can guarantee your entry with guaranteed advanced standing by upgrading through one the following programs which you can select as one of your QTAC preferences:

Dual TAFE-Qld Brisbane/QUT award

If you enrol in a QTAC offer in the following dual TAFE-Qld Brisbane/QUT award you will automatically receive a QUT conditional offer in June after your enrolment at TAFE-Qld Brisbane is confirmed.

Upon completion of the TAFE-Qld diploma you will be able to enrol at QUT. You will also automatically receive half a year (48 credit points) credit transfer and be able to complete the degree in 2.5 years as a full-time student (or equivalent part-time). More details will be provided in your QUT conditional offer letter.

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR or selection rank of 75.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your ATAR/selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your ATAR or selection rank will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your ATAR or selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2021

The figures listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent ATAR students. The entry thresholds box at the top of this page shows the lowest adjusted ATAR/selection rank required to receive an offer for all applicants for the most recent January QTAC offer round.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
Highest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 97.30
Selection rank 99.95
Median ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 80.25
Selection rank 81.45
Lowest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 61.15
Selection rank 70.10

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Minimum academic requirements

I completed my studies outside of Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Subject prerequisites
  • Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

ATAR/selection rank
70.00
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 75.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Applications in 2022

In response to COVID-19, QUT has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered offshore for students studying in 2022. 

You must be onshore in Australia to apply for this course and cannot commence online. 

If the Australian Government makes any changes to the international border closure, QUT will communicate directly with students who have an offer and may be eligible to commence earlier than 2023.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18
Occupational English Test (Nursing Profession)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
* A grade of B in each component for tests undertaken prior to September 2018.
-- 350* 350* 350* 350*

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2022 fees

2022: CSP $8,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: $39,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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