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 8000 individual students and produce close to 300 graduates from our programs.

Students 2018 (at 31 August 2018) Enrolments Equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) International EFTSL (%)
Undergraduate (including Honours and MD) 7259 1258 23
Postgraduate by coursework 445 187 86
Higher degree by research 193 143 41
Total 7897 1588 32
Graduates (in programs/majors administered by the School) 2018
Graduates (coursework) 344
PhDs and MPhils awarded 23
University Medallists 4


Our School comprises around 90 staff on continuing appointments and 110 (mostly research) staff on fixed-term contracts. 

Staff 2018 (at September 2018, excludes casuals) Headcount Full-time equivalent (FTE)
Professor 26 23.8
Associate Professor 19 17.6
Adjunct Professor/Associate Professor 9 -
Senior Lecturer 8 8.0
Lecturer 5 5.0
Associate Lecturer 2 2.0
Research only (academic) 82 79.3
Research only (professional) 22 18.6
Honorary/Emeritus 38 -
Administrative (excludes embedded Central/Faculty staff) 17 15.0
Technical (excludes embedded Central/Faculty staff) 28 25.9
Total on payroll 209 195.2


Our annual budget exceeds $40 million.

Income and research  Year
University grant (including tuition fees) $17.5m (2019)
Research income (grants, industry, CRCs) $16.4m (2018)
Total income (all sources) $40.6m (2018)
Average number of grants held per FTE academic staff member (Level B and above) 1.71 (2017)
Average research income per FTE academic staff member (Level B and above) $223,856 (2017)
HDR student staff ratio (EFTSL to FTE academic staff member Level B and above) 2.22 (2018)
Average h-index for staff with a SCMB appointment 56 (at mid-2017)