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Chemistry is a vital science which underpins modern medicine, technology and our environment.

You’ll study the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and gain the practical skills to work in a range of different labs.

Apply your knowledge to a specialised field such as nanotechnology, computational chemistry, spectroscopy, or to develop medicines or consumer products.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

A background in Chemistry will lead to a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a chemist, materials scientist, laboratory manager, biochemist, toxicologist, research scientist, quality-assurance manager, environmental scientist, pharmaceutical sales representative or scientific journalist.

Highlights

1 in Queensland for chemistry

QS World University Rankings 2020

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:

  • Senior project chemist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Palaeo-environmental scientist
  • Senior environmental engineer
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Meet the expert: Exploring environmental science with Associate Professor Ron Johnstone
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Meet the expert: Exploring environmental science with Associate Professor Ron Johnstone

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Meet the expert: Exploring engineering and computing with Dr Jiwon Kim
Jiwon Kim

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Meet the expert: Exploring engineering and computing with Dr Jiwon Kim

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UQ people

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How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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

  • Advanced Experimental Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Translational Chemistry and Data Processing
  • Determination of Molecular Structure

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