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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.

See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.



Study Level


Typical duration

2 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

Research Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Research)


Master of Science - MSc



Entry Requirements

Additional Information

For further information on policies, procedures and forms, see the Graduate Research website.

Program Fees

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