Chemistry and pharmaceutical science



Develop your knowledge in the synthesis, separation, detection and measurement of chemical substances. Learn about their properties and reactions while developing skills from basic chemistry through to developing new materials and electrochemistry. Explore how drugs work, their design, discovery and action in life, through hands-on learning in our purpose-built laboratories and facilities.

The most rewarding part of teaching at Deakin for me: I see students, who were scared of studying my discipline, say ‘now I get it!'

Kieran Lim

Associate Professor, Life and Environmental Sciences

Industry based learning (IBL)

IBL involves working full or part time in industry as part of your degree, playing a valuable role in preparing graduates for employment. Placement is incorporated into a unit of study and credited towards your degree.

Chemistry and pharmaceutical science courses

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Recent Deakin research

Solvent-induced 7R-dioxygenase activity of soybean 15-lipoxygenase-1 in the formation of omega-3 DPA-derived resolving analogs

The resolvin family contains important anti-inflammatory and pro-resolution compounds enzymatically derived in vivo from the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The developed method has applications in the production of closely related isomers of naturally occurring resolvins and protectins, demonstrating the versatility of 15-sLOX-1 as a biocatalyst.

Career opportunities

Got a curious mind? Interested in health? You can find career opportunities in the pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries, such as:

  • forensic laboratories
  • education (secondary and tertiary)
  • scientific and environmental institutes
  • government agencies
  • analytical chemistry
  • resource development
  • laboratory supervision
  • research
  • environmental monitoring
  • consumer affairs
  • corrosion control
  • quality control
  • teaching.

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