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School of Chemical Sciences

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Here at the School of Chemical Sciences we offer undergraduate students a huge range of resources, facilities and subjects to choose from.


Associate Professor Gordon Miskelly, Head of School
Associate Professor Gordon Miskelly, Head of School

Chemistry is central to the understanding of the processes and the production of molecules and materials essential to modern life. It sits at the cross-roads between disciplines such as medicine, nutrition, forensics, energy, environmental and materials science.

It is the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties, the study of the ways in which they interact, combine, and change, and the use of these processes to form new substances.  It is a broad discipline that is of fundamental importance in the modern world. 

Chemistry is intrinsically an interdisciplinary science, and plays a key role in many related disciplines, such as medicine, engineering, biological science, food science, forensic science, environmental science, and materials science. The study of chemistry greatly enriches society, and also provides many exciting employment opportunities for graduates who have a sound understanding of the chemical sciences and the practical skills to use this knowledge.

The School of Chemical Sciences teaches and performs research in pure and applied chemistry, medicinal chemistry, food science, forensic science and wine science, which makes for a remarkably stimulating intellectual environment. 

We are very active in research, with over 30 academics involved in fundamental or applied research programmes, many in collaboration with other disciplines within the University including Biological Sciences, Physics, Engineering, and Medicine. We also collaborate with numerous national and international research centres and industries. Our postgraduate programme currently involves over 180 students who participate in this research effort and are at the forefront of advancing scientific knowledge.

Our research enhances our teaching programmes, and our undergraduate and postgraduate students are taught by academics who are leading scholars in their fields. A strong commitment to research ensures that our teaching keeps abreast of the latest developments in the subject. We also maintain modern instrument facilities that are used in support of teaching and research.

If you are a current or prospective student, this web site describes the activities of the school, including the full range of courses offered, together with information to assist you in planning your degree programmes. On behalf of all members of the school I am very pleased to welcome you and to wish you enjoyment and success in your studies.

Associate Professor Gordon Miskelly
Head of School


Contact us

If you need to contact us, you can do so by phone or email. If you have questions regarding enrolment, please contact or visit the Science Student Centre.

School of Chemical Sciences

Science Centre, Building 302
23 Symonds Street
Auckland Central
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88805

Postal Address

School of Chemical Sciences
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Administration/Courier Address

School of Chemical Sciences Reception
Building 302, Level 6, Room 620, 
Science Centre, 
23 Symonds St
New Zealand


Chemistry Store Deliveries

Building 302, Level B, Room B10
Science Centre, 
DELIVERIES VIA: Carpark 40,Upper Wellesley Street East
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

City Campus map
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Programmes, courses and health and safety

Our programmes

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Chemical Sciences.

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Our courses

A wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses are on offer here at the School of Chemical Sciences.

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Health, safety and wellbeing

The wellbeing of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us. We have measures in place to ensure that your working environment is safe and secure and that all students and staff have the opportunity to learn about safe practices. Find out more.