What will I learn?

In a world where market-leading chemical companies have R&D budgets in the billions, there are excellent opportunities to put your chemistry skills to work in industry.

But where do you start? How about a graduate course where you spend most of your time working in industry – and getting paid to do it?

If you’re keen to work in industry-based research – perhaps engineering new-generation materials, perhaps bringing new pharmaceuticals to market – then get your career off to the best possible start with the Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry).

The core of this unique degree is a major industry-based research project, but you’ll also extend your chemistry skills, and cover commercially relevant topics including entrepreneurship, IP law and chemical regulations frameworks.

The Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry) is a 200-point course, made up of:

An industry-based research project (150 points)
Coursework core and elective subjects (50 points).

The research project will be conducted within industry laboratories, supervised by staff from the Faculty of Science and from the industry partner. You’ll produce a project proposal and a final research report/thesis, and deliver a seminar on your findings.

You’ll select your elective subjects from a wide range on offer, ranging from chemistry, business, statistics, modelling, ethics and scientific communication.

Career outcomes

With a Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry), you could forge a career in research-focused chemical, pharmaceutical or biotech companies, with a job title such as materials chemist, pharmaceutical chemist, biotechnologist, polymer chemist, organic chemist, nanotechnologist, inorganic chemist, process chemist, product manager, business development manager or patent attorney.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

CRICOS

098316C

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$45,824.00 (US$ 34,041) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $93,939
Application deadline

30 November 2021

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE,

Victoria,

3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduate coursework programs normally require the satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree either from the University of Melbourne, another Australian institution, or a university in another country. English language requirements for Coursework degree: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 58 + no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 176 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill. English language requirements for Master of Philosophy: IELTS (academic English Only) - 7.0 overall, with written 7 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 600 + TWE 5.0; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 94 + (Writing 27; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 65 + written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 185 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill.

For international students

To be considered for entry, you must have completed:

An undergraduate degree in chemistry (or equivalent), with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75 per cent, or
A qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

Application closing date: Start-year (February) intake – apply by 31 October.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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