R05 RC Master of Science - Chemistry

Major/Minor/Specialisation !R05-SPC+1007 (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009


Dr Craig Hutton

Students undertaking the Master of Science (Chemistry program) must complete a total of 200 points over the two year full-time (or four year part-time) program, comprising:

Core discipline subject (12.5 points)

Students must take:

• 610-681 Advanced Spectroscopy

Elective discipline subjects (all subjects are 12.5 points, total points: 37.5–50)

Students must take:

• Two to four of the core Chemistry subjects: 610-682 Chemistry 4A; 610-683 Chemistry 4B; CHEM00011 Chemistry 5A (semester 1, 2010); CHEM00012 Chemistry 5B (semester 2, 2010) and

• Up to 25 points from the Professional Entry MSc core discipline subjects (with the approval of the course coordinator), and/or up to 12.5 points of approved 300-level subjects.

Note: Students need not complete Chemistry 4A or 5A prior to enrolling in Chemistry 4B and 5B.

Professional tools (all subjects are 12.5 points, total points: 12.5–25)

Students must take one or two Professional Tools subjects from the following list:

Business Tools

• 600-614 Business Tools: Money, People and Projects,
• Business Tools: The Market Environment (available from semester 1, 2010),

Science Tools

• Critical Analysis in Science (available from semester 2, 2010);
• eScience (available from semester 2, 2010);
• 600-617 Systems Modelling and Simulation;
• 600-618 Ethics and Responsibility in Science;
• 600-615 Thinking and Reasoning with Data.

Communication Tools

• 600-616 Science in Context;
• 600-619 Science and Communication.

Research Project (125 credit points)

The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 125 point Research Project:

(1) A preliminary literature survey and research plan (1500 words, up to 5 pages), due at the end of the first semester of study (pass/fail);

(2) A major thesis, page limit of 60 pages (20,000 words) due at the end of the fourth semester of study (90% made up from thesis evaluation (35%), oral examination (viva) on thesis (35%); supervisor’s assessment of research performance ((20%) based on attendance, application, initiative, and demonstrated skills]);

(3) A project related oral-presentation (up to 30 minutes) given at the end of the fourth semester of study (10%);

(4) Successful completion of a seminar series providing advanced theoretical and/or practical training (pass/fail).

Students enrolled in the Master of Science (Chemistry program) are required to complete a 125 point Research Project. Students may enrol in a combination of Research Project subjects as indicated below (each of which is available in the summer semester, semester one and semester two) over their two years of full-time study or over their four years of part-time study, to ensure they have completed a total of 125 points by the end of their course.

  • 610-671 Research Project - 12.5 points
  • 610-672 Research Project - 25.0 points
  • 610-673 Research Project - 37.5 points
  • 610-675 Research Project - 50.0 points


The objectives of this course are to:

  • develop the process and practice of chemical research;
  • increase the student's knowledge and understanding of chemical science;
  • encourage the development of individual investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate information and to analyse experimental data.

Subject Options:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer, Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2
Links to further information: http://graduate.science.unimelb.edu.au/programs/msc/chemistry
Related Course(s): Master of Science

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