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Specialisation

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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course. Applicants will be eligible for admission only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

About this specialisation

The chemistry specialisation gives you the opportunity to get involved in a research program in an area that is of interest to you. It provides training in research techniques and experience using modern research instrumentation, and gives you access to newly renovated laboratories throughout the School of Chemistry.

The specialisation adds a new dimension to the skills that you acquired during your undergraduate years and enhances your immediate employment prospects and, more significantly, your future.

Graduate opportunities

A chemistry specialisation opens the door for many careers because training in chemistry is essential for many positions in industry, is highly desirable for science teaching, and is useful for careers in the public service and management.

Both the public and the private sectors increasingly draw their higher management employees from chemistry graduates. There are many employment opportunities for chemists, including industry, government laboratories, education and management.

The industrial sector includes such diverse areas as:

  • petrochemicals, 
  • pharmaceuticals, 
  • medicine, 
  • food and drink, 
  • metals, 
  • polymers, 
  • computing, and 
  • scientific journalism. 

Government laboratories include:

  • research, 
  • forensic and analytical laboratories, and 
  • many statutory authorities.
Career pathways
Courses that offer this specialisation

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Units of study in this specialisation

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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