Master of Science (Chemistry)

Course MC-SCICHE (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 062189B
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 200 credit points taken over 24 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Dr Craig Hutton


Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne

Tel: + 61 3 8344 6128
Fax: +61 3 8344 3351

Course Overview: The Master of Science - Chemistry is one of the research training streams of the Master of Science. The research training streams give students the opportunity to undertake a substantive research project in a field of choice as well as a broad range of coursework subjects including a professional tools component, as a pathway to PhD study or to the workforce.
Objectives: 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.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

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; 610-501 Chemistry 5A; 610-502 Chemistry 5B 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 Processes,
• 600-622 Business Tools: The Market Environment,

Science Tools

• 615-668 Critical Analysis in Science;
• 615-505 e-Science;
• 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 Scientists, Communication and the Workplace

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
Subject Options:

Discipline Core

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Discipline Elective

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Professional Tools

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
Not offered in 2011
Not offered in 2011

Research Project

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2011
Entry Requirements: Bachelor degree with a major in chemistry or a related discipline with at least an H3 (65%) average in the major or equivalent.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Further Study: The Research Training programs offer a pathway to a PhD.
Graduate Attributes:

Graduates will:

  • have the ability to demonstrate advanced independent critical enquiry, analysis and reflection;
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s);
  • reach a high level of achievement in writing, research or project activities, problem-solving and communication;
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines;
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment;
  • be able to initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces.
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