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Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as education, technology and the environment.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and specialise in areas such as:

  • synthetic chemistry, where you explore the synthesis of complex molecules used in drugs, explosives, paints and cosmetics
  • computational chemistry, involving the use of advanced theoretical calculations and high-power supercomputers to understand and predict the structures and reactivities of molecules and short-lived intermediate species
  • nanoscience, to explore the processes of self-assembly enabling the controlled arrangement of atoms and molecules and the chemistry at interfaces
  • medicinal chemistry, to explore molecular design and the modification of compound properties to enhance pharmaceutical applications as evaluated through bioassays.

All of these areas involve access to advanced instrumental techniques and the development of skills that employers value.

You will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a chemist, materials scientist, environmental scientist, biochemist, toxicologist or forensic scientist.

Other jobs include scientific journalist, quality assurance manager, pharmaceutical sales representative, patent examiner, teacher, and roles in marketing and conservation.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Highlights

1 in Queensland for chemistry

QS World University Rankings 2022

Watch Why study Chemistry at UQ on YouTube.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Chemist
  • Materials scientist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Toxicologist
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Pharmaceutical scientist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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This Major is available as:

  • Major
  • Extended Major

How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Experimental Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials and Self-Assembled Systems
  • Physical Chemistry

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