Chemistry and pharmaceutical science


Develop skills in the synthesis, separation, detection and measurement of chemical substances. Explore how drugs work – their design, discovery and action in life – through hands-on learning in our purpose-built laboratories and facilities.

Career opportunities

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

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

*2016 Times Higher Education graduate employability rankings


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

I chose to study science to help improve how we do things and wanted to contribute to the development of better processes for society.

Adhitya Sutresna

Bachelor of Science

Learn more about Adhitya's experiences

'With many activities done by today's individuals and industries proving to be harmful to the natural environment, I wanted to contribute to the development of processes that are better for people and the planet at large.

The most rewarding part of my course was the opportunity to get involved with the research that was being done at the university. I took up my own research project, which allowed me to develop not only laboratory skills, but more importantly, skills like being able to organise experiments based on available time/resources and critically evaluating previous research to inform the research that I did.

I surprised myself at how I'd been able to build my skills and experience to a point where I had a job in science after I graduated. When I started studying, I doubted that I had the initiative, let alone the skills, to make the inroads that I have over the past three years.'

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.

Research with us

If you've got a brilliant idea that you'd like to develop, our expert teaching and research staff are here to help throughout your higher degree by research.

Learn more about researching with us

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.

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