Our mission is to enable our students and staff to fulfil their learning and discovery aspirations in the chemical and molecular life sciences by creating an environment that promotes learning and discovery, rewards excellence and innovation, and encourages School-wide engagement with stakeholders.

We aim to be recognised nationally and internationally for excellence in research, teaching and engagement.

Our operational plan is aligned with the Faculty of Science and University strategic plans.


Students and graduates

Each year, we teach nearly 7500 individual students and produce around 320 graduates from our programs.

Students 2023 (at 31 August 2023*)EnrolmentsEquivalent full-time student load (EFTSL)International EFTSL (%)
Undergraduate (including Honours and MD)672399622
Postgraduate by coursework53732587
Higher degree by research21616460
* unofficial
Graduates (in programs/majors administered by the School)2022
Graduates (coursework)267
PhDs and MPhils awarded53
University Medallists3


Our School comprises 67 staff on continuing appointments (excluding embedded profesional staff who report to Faculty or Central) and 109 (mostly research) staff on fixed-term contracts. 

Staff 2023 (at 31 August 2023, excludes casuals)HeadcountFull-time equivalent (FTE)
Associate Professor1211.5
Adjunct Professor/Associate Professor13-
Senior Lecturer98.8
Associate Lecturer0-
Research focussed (academic)6055.7
Research only (professional)2521.64
Administrative (excludes embedded Central/Faculty staff)54.8
Technical (excludes embedded Central/Faculty staff)2925.5
Total on payroll (ie excluding Adjunct, Honorary and Emeritus)176157.3

Budget and research

Our annual income exceeds $50 million.

Income and research Amount and year
University grant (including tuition fees)$16.9m (2023 budgeted)
Research income (grants, industry, CRCs)$25.9m (2023 budgeted)
Total income (all sources)$47.9m (2023 budgeted)
Average number of grants held per FTE academic staff member (Level B and above)0.13 (2022)
Average research income per FTE academic staff member (Level B and above)$267,248 (2022)
HDR student staff ratio (EFTSL to FTE academic staff member Level B and above)2.24 (2021)