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OP 13

Rank 71

  • Learn the basics before developing a more detailed understanding of analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.
  • Complete a one-semester 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.
QTAC course code418011
QUT course code ST01
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start month 2014 February, July
Deferment You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
CRICOS code077696D

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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 is the study of structures, properties, synthesis and reactions of molecules and materials. It is the enabling science fundamental to many other scientific 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.

Why choose this course?

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

Through a mix of theory and practice, you will develop a depth of knowledge and skills in chemical principles and concepts. This will equip you to apply chemical and generic scientific techniques to develop solutions to real-world problems throughout your professional career.

After two years’ study, you will be eligible to apply for the Queensland Health Analytical Chemistry Scholarship (available only to QUT chemistry students), which pays $21 000 for your third year, with guaranteed employment for two years after graduation#.

The Chemistry major includes Analytical Chemistry and a strong focus on safe laboratory practice, which sets it apart from many Chemistry course at other institutions. These attributes are well known and respected amongst employers of Chemists in Queensland. You will learn under the guidance of highly respected lecturers, most of whom are actively involved in cutting-edge research.

As a QUT Chemistry graduate, you will have developed a thorough understanding of chemistry principles and advanced concepts in chemistry and have a demonstrated ability to extrapolate and adapt knowledge, skills and applications into industry and research practice with technical proficiency. You will also develop effective communication skills to promote your outcomes within the scientific and broader communities.

The coverage of frontier areas of Chemistry and the opportunities to undertake research during your studies, will also prepare you for the opportunity of post-graduate study and a research career.

Career outcomes

Chemistry at QUT has strong links to the Chemistry profession through direct involvement with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, employers of our past graduates and QUT Chemistry alumni.

Career opportunities are many and include diverse roles in:

  • Chemistry-related manufacturing industries, including petroleum, mining and minerals processing, plastics, pharmaceuticals and food,
  • Public instrumentalities and Government bodies, including careers in policy-making in areas such as water and wastewater treatment and environmental monitoring,
  • Chemistry education, science communication or scientific instrument sales and/or development, and
  • Research in public research institutes or private research and development facilities.

Your interaction with QUT researchers in current fields of interest, including 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.

Professional recognition

Accreditation by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute is being sought. Application for Graduate membership is expected to be possible where the Chemistry major is combined with specific Minors. Application for Associate membership is expected to be possible for all Chemistry graduates regardless of second study areas.

Studied at university or TAFE before?

Bachelor of Science is a new course, and we're only offering first year units in 2013.

This means if you're offered a place in 2013 and you're eligible for at least the first year of credit for prior learning (advanced standing), you'll be admitted to Bachelor of Applied Science (SC01).


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

Your science degree

At QUT you’ll create your own personal science degree program of 24 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 and imagine science units

These six units give you an introduction to the principles of science the opportunity to learn by enquiry, and to broaden your understanding of the core sciences. You’ll study two Faculty core units, two Imagine Science units and two Optional units of your choice.

From your very first semester, you will collaborate with your peers and teaching staff in QUT’s exciting new learning environments. In your Imagine Science units 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.

It comprises 10 units and there are five majors to choose from:

  • biological sciences                        
  • chemistry
  • earth science
  • environmental science
  • physics.

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 an Extended minor (four units) or Breadth minor (four units), plus either a Faculty minor (four units) or Breadth 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, or explore different perspectives which might include:

  • computational science
  • innovation
  • 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. Minors include:

Extension minor (four units)

Gain further insights and depth in your primary area of study. Intensify your chosen major to develop additional knowledge, skills and experience for your career in science.

Breadth minor (four units)

Broaden your studies to include minors from the list of science majors, second majors or from the list of University-wide minors.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 13

Rank 71

Assumed knowledge

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

  • Maths B
  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Recommended Study: Biology and Chemistry.

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: CSP $4,400 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

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

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

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418011) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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