In addition to satisfying the Faculty of Science entry requirements, students interested in entering the Postgraduate Diploma in Chemistry program should typically have completed a Bachelor of Science degree which includes some third year chemistry subjects. However, all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the coordinator.
Hurdle assessment requirements: In addition to the Postgraduate Diploma in Chemistry requirements, students enrolled in this program must: attend all Safety and Induction program lectures and successfully complete the Safety Examination. Students who fail the Safety Examination will have to complete an additional study program and be reassessed. A pass in the Safety Examination (>65%) is required before students can begin their laboratory work. Students must submit a preliminary literature survey and research plan (10 pages of mixed text, diagrams and formulas) due at the end of the first semester of enrolment (pass/fail).
Components of assessment: The course comprises a research project component and an advanced coursework component. Their relative weightings are as follows: Chemistry Research Project component = 62.5 percent Chemistry Advanced Coursework component = 37.5 percent
Intended learning outcomes
The Postgraduate Diploma in Chemistry program is designed to:
- increase the student's knowledge and understanding of chemical science;
- develop the process and practice of chemical research;
- encourage the development of individual investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate information and analyse experimental data;
- promote the acquisition of experimental or theoretical skills in areas currently relevant to one of the research groups in the School of Chemistry;
- improve oral and written communication skills; and
- ensure that students receive essential training skills in laboratory safety procedures.
Last updated: 10 November 2023