Undergraduate

Chemistry - Synthetic

Synthetic chemistry is the study of the connection between structure and reactivity of organic, organometallic and inorganic compounds. It is the study and a process by which many substances important to daily life are obtained.
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Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career options.

Career Pathways

Chemistry at UWA produces highly employable graduates for jobs in Western Australia, nationally and internationally. UWA is Western Australia’s top ranked University, and a member of Australia’s Group of Eight Universities. This means UWA Bachelor of Science graduates with a Chemistry – Synthetic Major are widely recognised, and our graduates are highly sought-after by employers including:

• Companies in WA’s (*) two biggest industries:
o Mining (e.g. BHP*, Chevron*, Woodside*, Rio Tinto*, Alcoa*, Shell*, Fortescue*, etc)
o Agriculture (e.g. Wesfarmers*, CSBP*, etc)
• Pharmaceutical and biotech companies like ‎Pfizer*, Perrigo* and Epichem*.
• Chemical and environmental analysis companies like MPL laboratories* and SGS*.
• Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)*
• Top-ranked International Universities.

Our graduates also embark on careers in teaching, marketing, sales, and patent law with a company or government department. A UWA Science degree with a major in Synthetic Chemistry is your ticket to an exciting and rewarding career with diverse and interesting pathways.

UWA’s research-led teaching will provide you with state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and high level problem solving skills.

The chemical industry is seeking graduates who are specialised in chemistry, but with diverse skill sets. UWA’s unique degree structure sets us apart from other Western Australian universities to train graduates for these jobs.

For example, it is possible to do a major in Synthetic Chemistry with a second major in physical and analytical chemistry, biochemistry/molecular biology, or genetics, pharmacology, or neuroscience, or psychology, or management. You can use your personal interests as a basis for your choice of subjects to study, and, ultimately, to direct your career.

At UWA, like at other universities, you will learn all the required skills and knowledge you need to set off on a career as a chemist in industry or a government organisation. However, as Western Australia’s top university for Physical Sciences including Chemistry, UWA is exclusively placed to provide you with the more diverse skill set you will need to become a leader in the field. This could be in industry as a Chief Technology Officer or Chief Executive Officer, as the founder of your own start-up company, a research theme leader at CSIRO, or as a Professor at a University.

In combination, these factors mean a UWA Bachelor of Science major in Synthetic Chemistry can launch a career focussed on solving humanity’s greatest challenges:

• Understanding and adapting to climate change
• Disease pandemics like covid-19
• Providing food and water for the world’s ever-growing population
• Extending and improving quality of life through medicine
• Sustainable energy production
• Providing the materials that modern society depends on, and that underpin the next technological innovations
• Preserving our planet’s amazing biodiversity.

With a UWA Bachelor of Science major in Synthetic Chemistry you might pursue a career in the following industries:

Pharmaceutical companies, Food and drink industry, Mining, Organic fine chemicals, Polymer production, Government agencies, Fertiliser industry, Health and Medicine area, Nanotechnology Industry, Petrochemical Companies, Paper Industry, Education, Heavy chemicals, Energy Sector, Lighting, Solar cells, Electric vehicles and Manufacturing industries

Chemistry at UWA produces highly employable graduates for jobs in Western Australia, nationally and internationally. UWA is Western Australia’s top ranked University, and a member of Australia’s Group of Eight Universities. This means UWA Bachelor of Science graduates with a Chemistry – Synthetic Major are widely recognised, and our graduates are highly sought-after by employers including:

• Companies in WA’s (*) two biggest industries:
o Mining (e.g. BHP*, Chevron*, Woodside*, Rio Tinto*, Alcoa*, Shell*, Fortescue*, etc)
o Agriculture (e.g. Wesfarmers*, CSBP*, etc)
• Pharmaceutical and biotech companies like ‎Pfizer*, Perrigo* and Epichem*.
• Chemical and environmental analysis companies like MPL laboratories* and SGS*.
• Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)*
• Top-ranked International Universities.

Our graduates also embark on careers in teaching, marketing, sales, and patent law with a company or government department. A UWA Science degree with a major in Synthetic Chemistry is your ticket to an exciting and rewarding career with diverse and interesting pathways.

UWA’s research-led teaching will provide you with state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and high level problem solving skills.

The chemical industry is seeking graduates who are specialised in chemistry, but with diverse skill sets. UWA’s unique degree structure sets us apart from other Western Australian universities to train graduates for these jobs.

For example, it is possible to do a major in Synthetic Chemistry with a second major in physical and analytical chemistry, biochemistry/molecular biology, or genetics, pharmacology, or neuroscience, or psychology, or management. You can use your personal interests as a basis for your choice of subjects to study, and, ultimately, to direct your career.

At UWA, like at other universities, you will learn all the required skills and knowledge you need to set off on a career as a chemist in industry or a government organisation. However, as Western Australia’s top university for Physical Sciences including Chemistry, UWA is exclusively placed to provide you with the more diverse skill set you will need to become a leader in the field. This could be in industry as a Chief Technology Officer or Chief Executive Officer, as the founder of your own start-up company, a research theme leader at CSIRO, or as a Professor at a University.

In combination, these factors mean a UWA Bachelor of Science major in Synthetic Chemistry can launch a career focussed on solving humanity’s greatest challenges:

• Understanding and adapting to climate change
• Disease pandemics like covid-19
• Providing food and water for the world’s ever-growing population
• Extending and improving quality of life through medicine
• Sustainable energy production
• Providing the materials that modern society depends on, and that underpin the next technological innovations
• Preserving our planet’s amazing biodiversity.

With a UWA Bachelor of Science major in Synthetic Chemistry you might pursue a career in the following industries:

Pharmaceutical companies, Food and drink industry, Mining, Organic fine chemicals, Polymer production, Government agencies, Fertiliser industry, Health and Medicine area, Nanotechnology Industry, Petrochemical Companies, Paper Industry, Education, Heavy chemicals, Energy Sector, Lighting, Solar cells, Electric vehicles and Manufacturing industries

Salary Information

As a chemist, you can expect an annual salary of $108,000 (+ bonus) as the average across all industries and experience levels, with a salary growth of 2.1% per year. The average entry level salary of scientists commences at $75,000 and ranges up to $130,000 for experienced workers.

This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

You might consider further studies in Bachelor of Science Honours - Chemistry.
You might consider further studies in Bachelor of Science Honours - Chemistry.

Fees and scholarships

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Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

Mathematics requirement

This major requires a certain level of Mathematics. If you do not meet this level, you may be able to take additional Mathematics units in your first year to satisfy this requirement.

WACE prerequisite: Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Synthetic chemistry is the study of the connection between structure and reactivity of organic, organometallic and inorganic compounds. It is the study and a process by which many substances important to daily life are obtained. Synthetic chemistry provides a foundation and detailed understanding of fields such as biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, green chemistry, chemical engineering, food science, cosmetic and fragrance industries, materials science, nanotechnology, pharmacology and molecular biology.

About the course

Chemistry is often called the central science because so many scientists study chemistry at some level and it is important to virtually all areas of modern science. Chemistry is the science of the molecular scale and synthetic chemistry involves study of molecules and materials, the exploration of their properties and the means to use them.
Chemistry - Synthetic

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
  • Albany (Regional campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-CHMSY
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BSc), 4 years (BSc[Hons])
Chemistry - Synthetic
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
  • Albany (Regional campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-CHMSY
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BSc), 4 years (BSc[Hons])
TISC Codes
Honours Available
  • Yes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Science

Why study this course

  • Taught by experts and award-winning academic staff covering all the fields of synthetic chemistry
  • All levels of the major include wide and comprehensive laboratory experience
  • There is a high demand for chemistry graduates in a variety of industries

You'll learn to

  • understand the properties of atoms and molecules, and their reactivity
  • solve chemical problems, including the calculation of yields, dilutions and stoichiometry in chemical reactions, as well as understand the theory and practical methods for creating new molecular structures
  • demonstrate knowledge in reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, chemical reactivity and the properties of many classes of compounds and materials

Course Structure

Our undergraduate degrees offer you a broad range of options allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals and personal interests.

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Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on, practical industry relevant experience and for employers to help shape the graduates of tomorrow.

Develop your employability skills through a science work placement. The following units are available to all science undergraduate students who are looking to gain practical hands-on industry relevant experience:

Course Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and graduates are eligible to apply for membership

School of Molecular Sciences

The School of Molecular Sciences' innovative teaching and research applies chemical science to generate practical solutions to real-world problems.
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