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Chemistry - 2910

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Research
Typical Duration: 2 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
Max UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC For Award: 96
Master of Science (Research)

Program Description

This program is designed primarily as a training course in advanced work. The candidate learns the fundamentals of research in an area of Chemistry and acquires skills in new chemical techniques. The candidate must undertake an original investigation but this would normally be more limited in scope than for a Doctorate.

Although originality is to be encouraged as much as possible, careful supervision is necessary at all times: the work should be closely supervised in the early stages and wherever a new technique is being used.

Most Masters research programs require a minimum of two years full-time study and the preparation of a thesis. The length of an MSc thesis should normally not exceed 75,000 words of text.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

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Program Structure

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Admission Requirements

The minimum admission criteria to begin an MSc in Chemistry comprise:

1. The equivalent of a four year undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a related discipline at the level Honours Class II division 2 in which the final year of the course involved a substantial research project and thesis;


A lesser undergraduate degree with substantial (documented) subsequent research experience (e.g., research in industry or academic institution involving publications in refereed journals, conference proceedings, company reports with the candidate as a prominent author, patents etc.);

2. Satisfactory English language ability (see How to Apply information for International Students).; and

3. The availability of adequate infrastructure and supervision to facilitate the proposed research.

Area(s) of Specialisation

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