Department of Molecular Sciences

Department of Molecular Sciences

Molecular Solutions for Global Challenges

The Department of Molecular Sciences offers coursework programs and specialist subject majors at undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research level. We apply this philosophy of studying “molecules to cells” to achieve a sustainable environment, understand health and disease, and advance new molecular technologies.

We offer two PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) units, which give students hands-on experience in the field. More information on these units can found in the Macquarie Course Handbook.

Higher Degree Research

The research interests of the faculty span the chemical and biomolecular sciences, but are unified by the common theme of working at the interface of biology and chemistry. These research interests include:

  • analytical chemistry
  • medicinal chemistry
  • environmental chemistry
  • chemical biology
  • synthetic chemistries
  • microbial genomics
  • proteomics
  • glycomics
  • biochemistry and biotechnology.

In Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015, research in chemical sciences was rated at world standard for the discipline overall and received a rating of 4 – ‘performance above world standard’ – in the sub-discipline research area of analytical chemistry. Discover more about the research work undertaken by researchers within this department.

If you are interested in doing research training or a research degree at Macquarie, please contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying. For more information on how to apply contact the Higher Degree Research Office.

Research seminar program

Our weekly seminar schedule can be found here.

Get involved

The department is home to Macquarie’s impressive NISEP program, a nationally-recognised science schools engagement program, taking hand-on science out to secondary students and disadvantaged communities, with the aim of encouraging students – especially Indigenous students, to embrace science study and open pathways for them into further tertiary education.

The department’s undergraduate students can participate in the NISEP program (and other community outreach initiatives) and gain academic credit via the special PACE subject CBMS235 – ‘Engaging the community in science’.

The department also has an energetic and active community program showcasing the fun, fascination and wonderment of tertiary study in chemistry and biomolecular sciences.

The famed Macquarie chemistry magic show is always a hit at University Open Days, festival appearances and school visits, and the Department academics also host popular bridging courses and HSC enrichment days across the school year for incoming students.

The department’s 3rd year biomolecular major students get an exciting opportunity each year to compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) synthetic biology competition – with Macquarie’s iGEM team recently receiving a gold medal at the jamboree in the USA.

Safety management

By law, all organisations that stock and use chemicals must have a chemical safety management system in place. ChemAlert is the solution that has been adopted by Macquarie University for this purpose.

Please use ChemAlert to obtain Safety Data Sheets (SDS), print labels and inventory any chemicals you may use in the lab.

ChemAlert MSDS Access

Visit ChemAlert site 

More information can be obtained from Department Work Health & Safety Committee


Instrument and room bookings

Instruments can be booked through our booking system (on campus access only).

To book rooms in 4WW (F7B), Level 3 seminar Room (322) and the ante-room (325), please contact Koko Numata.

To book the Writeup Room (14SCO346), the Wet Lab 1 (14SCO349), the Wet Lab 2 (14SCO350) and the Instrument Lab (14SCO347), please contact Mark Tran.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to or contact the Science and Engineering Student Services Centre. For enquiries regarding research degrees, contact Ms Jane Yang.

International student enquiries: Submit an online enquiry.

For any other enquiries, please contact us at (02) 9850-8275 or

Our latest departmental events and news are here.


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