Chemistry

Curtin Chemistry degrees equip our graduates with the knowledge to become a skilled chemist, teaching problem solving, teamwork and critical analysis which may open the door for other careers within science. Through the study of theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry, including synthesis, analysis and molecular modelling, learning is largely laboratory based at our Resources and Chemistry Precinct and lead to further can specialisation in a number of streams:

  • Analytical and Forensic Chemistry – learning how to use sophisticated scientific instruments to solve complex analytical problems whilst developing effective problem-solving and decision making skills within the ethical and professional context.
  • Biological Chemistry – studying the essential processes of life on the molecular level using complex equipment and procedures to understand the bio-molecular world, applications in biosensors and drug design, monitors effects new substances such as food additives and medicines have on living organisms.
  • Materials Science – looking for connections between the underlying structure of a material, its properties and application and how processing changes it. Studying materials including metals, semi-conductors, glasses, ceramics, polymers and the analytical instruments and radiation used to investigate the microstructure of samples

Our above world standard attracts high calibre research result and researchers, solving industry demand driven real world issues and collaborating with other global experts to devise new materials, analytical tools, and solutions at the applied end of the research spectrum.
In the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 assessment, Curtin University ranked well above world standard for Macromolecular and Material Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.

Possible careers

Employment prospects are high, both in Australia and overseas.

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Synthetic chemist

Graduates of Chemistry degrees can also be found in agricultural research, hospitals and health agencies, analytical laboratories, food suppliers and manufacturers of staple or pre-prepared foods, marketing and sales, supermarket chains, airlines and wine companies.

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