The School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences is UQ's provider of studies in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Parasitology.  More than 6,000 undergraudate students enrol in the School's courses each year.

Students benefit from modern, flexible approaches to learning and award-winning laboratory facilities and study rooms.  On-line resources at course websites assist students to access information, promote discussion of course material, take quizzes and trial tests and complete group work. 

First year students are also offered Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) in which trained second and third year students offer tutorial assistance.

Second and third year and Honours students have the opportunity to obtain vacation, sandwich semester, or ongoing part-time work experience via the Future Scientists program, a partnership between UQ and Kelly Scientific, the world's largest scientific staffing firm. Biotechnology students have the opportunity to experience an industrial placement, such as with the CEED program. Those taking BIOT3007 or SCIE3260/1 may be able to obtain credit for a placement.

Students interested in getting research and extra laboratory experience in their undergraduate years have a number of opportunities, including the unique School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences UQ Advantage Internship, available to them.  Details are on the Undergraduate Science Research Experience page.

And UQ is keen on its students having an overseas experience as part of their undergraduate program.  Learn more about UQ Abroad.

The School administers a number of majors in the Bachelor of Science degree and administers the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree.  It teaches into a number of other programs, including environmental science and professional degrees in the health sciences, veterinary science and engineering. 

The following programs are accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute:  BSc(Chemistry), BSc(Chemical Sciences), BSc (Honours Chemistry), BBiotech(Chemical Biotechnology), BBiotech(Nanotechnology), BBiotech(Drug Design & Development).

Program Information

Course Information

The School teaches or contributes to a number of the first year courses offered to all Science students. A First Year BSc Program Planner may be downloaded from here.

Information on second and third year courses on offer is here.

How to Apply

Financial Assistance (including prizes & scholarships)


Undergraduate Degree Programs section

Prospective international students, enquire here

See all the UQ study options and fee/support information here.

Teaching Excellence at SCMB

Prof Lawrie Gahan of the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences had been rewarded with an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning.
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