Chemical Analysis & Lab Mngt - 8708

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Science


Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48


Master of Science And Technology

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Program Description

This program provides unique training in cutting edge chemical analytical techniques and in managing chemical analysis laboratories. It allows students to select from a series of courses covering all aspects of modern chemical analysis, environmental analysis, and people management, and an opportunity to undertake a research project in the workplace. The program is particularly suited to new chemistry graduates or laboratory chemists and managers who wish to upgrade their qualification in, and knowledge of, chemical analysis and related topics.

The MCALM program is normally completed within one year on a full-time basis, or over two years part-time.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the Masters of Chemical Analysis and Laboratory Management program, students will have:
  1. Developed advanced knowledge and skills in chemical analytical techniques and laboratory management and be able to apply this to a professional workplace;
  2. Developed an understanding of enquiry-based learning and demonstrate analytical skills;
  3. Developed advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills;
  4. An ability to communicate effectively to a range of audiences and be capable of independent and collaborative enquiry and working effectively with others;
  5. Developed an awareness of international issues relating to chemical analytical techniques.
  6. Developed a capability and motivation for intellectual development.

Program Structure

Candidates are required to complete a total of 48 UOC selected from the available offerings which include a 6 UOC core project course, at least 6 UOC selected from the management courses and at least 30 units of credit from the analysis courses as shown below:

Core Project Course

Choose one of the following courses:
Analysis Courses

Choose a minimum of 30 UOC from the following courses:
Management Courses

Choose a minimum of 6 UOC from the following Management courses:

Recommended Courses:
Or with approval from the Program Coordinator, a selection of management courses may be taken from the following list:
Other postgraduate coursework courses that are considered appropriate given the student's background and program aims may be substituted with the approval of the Program Authority, however students must complete the minimum requirements of at least 30 UOC of Analysis courses and 6 UOC of Management courses.

Academic Rules

Please refer to the Program Structure above or contact the School of Chemistry for further information.


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Admission Requirements

To gain entry into this program, students should have:
  • a Bachelor degree with honours in chemistry or closely related discipline (e.g., industrial chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry); or
  • a graduate diploma in a closely related discipline (e.g., industrial chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry); or
  • a three year Bachelor of Science degree including a significant amount of chemistry studied with at least two years of relevant experience in a laboratory-based career, i.e. using analytical chemistry techniques. Applicants will need to demonstrate they have completed specialist chemistry courses at second year level through provision of academic transcripts, and a statement of service from an employer is required to indicate the duration of employment and roles and responsibilities; or
  • satisfactory completion of the related Graduate Certificate in Chemical Analysis and Laboratory Management with a credit average and no failures.
In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered for entry where the applicant has other relevant qualifications and experience not listed. This is in accordance with UNSW Policy and Procedure on Recognition of Prior Learning. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have achieved the same knowledge and skills (learning outcomes) through their formal or informal learning as the qualifications listed for entry for this program. This may be evidenced by qualification certificates, records of assessment activities relating to course or program learning outcomes, examples of experience from the workplace, community, or other context which demonstrate relevant skills, knowledge or competencies, membership (or eligibility for membership) of professional organisations which require attainment of certain qualifications, or testimonials of skills, knowledge or competencies from workplace supervisors. Any relevant documentation should be attached to the application and will be considered by the Academic Coordinator for the Program.

Recognition for Prior Learning / Advanced Standing

Where students are applying for admission to the program based on professional experience, they will need to demonstrate that they meet the professional requirements for entry to the program with a statement of service from their employer verifying the position, role and responsibilities, and duration of employment.

Students who enter the program with the 7429 Graduate Certificate in Chemical Analysis and Lab Management will be exempted from the relevant Masters courses already completed as part of the Graduate Certificate, but will still be required to complete 48 UOC of courses to receive the Masters. Course selection may be discussed with the Program Coordinator.


This program is included on the Royal Australian Chemical Institute list of university chemistry courses.

Early Exit

Students who have completed 36 UOC for the program and do not wish to complete further courses and finish the Masters program, may graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Chemical Analysis and Lab Management. Students who have completed 24 UOC of courses and do not wish to continue with the program may nominate to transfer to and graduate from the Graduate Certificate provided they have met all requirements for the Graduate Certificate.


The emphasis in this program on quality assurance and accreditation will place a graduate for leadership roles in a range of sectors employing chemical analysts. This program is not a pathway to higher degree research. Students interested in research in this area should contact the School of Chemistry to discuss appropriate options for pursuing a research career.

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