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.

Get work-ready

Gain experience through our innovative practical programs, spending time in an organisation related to your specific studies. Apply and consolidate knowledge from your course while experiencing workplace culture and practices. This lets you explore career options, develop a professional network and prepare for real-life settings in which today's science graduates work.


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.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


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.

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.

Study with the best

Deakin is ranked in the top 1% globally for life sciences and medicine.* This rating highlights Deakin’s world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Study science at Deakin

Study science at Deakin

Hear why our students love studying science, the diverse study opportunities and the benefits of the hands-on, practical approach at Deakin.

Life and environmental science facilities

Life and environmental science facilities

Explore Deakin's life and environmental science facilities at our Melbourne Burwood Campus, featuring modern labs and equipment, and the ability to conduct practical work in the natural reserve and creek right by campus.

Industry-based learning

Industry-based learning 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.

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.'

Research that matters

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


*2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.