School of Molecular and Life Sciences

Developing the knowledge and practical, real-world skills of curious minds to make tomorrow better, the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin delivers educational programs across regional WA locations, as well as at Muresk Institute (Northam) and Curtin Malaysia campus. The extensive range of educational offerings include pre-bachelor, bachelor and masters courses along with a suite of postgraduate research degree courses.

The School strives to act as a source of independent and expert advice to industry, government, and society, and to carry out research and development with particular relevance to the regional community.

In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment, Curtin University ranked well above world standard for Chemical Sciences, Macromolecular and Material Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Environmental Science and Management, Ecology, Plant Biology, Zoology, and Crop and Pasture Production.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, Curtin ranked:

  • Ranked 40th in the world for Earth and Marine Science
  • Top 200 in the world for Environmental Sciences

School Teaching and Research Areas

Agriculture students


Australia has the potential to be a leader in developing innovative solutions for sustainable, economical and ethical food production, across domestic and international markets.

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Chemistry discipline area


Chemistry is recognised for established strength in physical and analytical chemistry, with emerging activities focused on materials and synthetic chemistry.

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Environment and agriculture discipline area


Our courses are supported by research-led teaching and delivered by academics with industry experience and the dedication to creating a better world.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, Curtin ranked 40th in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences.

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Food science discipline area

Food Science

Feed the world! If you like working with food and you enjoy science, then a career as a food scientist may be for you. A career in food science and technology is diverse and challenging, one day you may be developing a new food product and the next you may be solving technical problems on a processing line.

The study of food science and technology is multi-disciplinary, involving application of the life sciences; biology, chemistry, nutrition, engineering, microbiology and the latest research developments in the handling, processing and packaging of foods from the farm to the consumer’s plate.

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Medical radiation science discipline area

Medical Radiation Science

Dealing with sick and sometimes anxious people requires considerable care and understanding. Professionals involved in the field of medical radiation must balance a genuine interest in patients and their welfare, along with the necessary technological requirements of the diagnostic or therapy procedure to be undertaken.

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