Already know what you're looking for?
Home  »  Study  »  Chemistry

Chemistry » Overview

Understanding chemistry helps you understand the world around you. It’s the explanation for everyday things, like how baking soda works, or why laundry detergent works better in hot water or why different pain killers work differently on a headache.


Chemistry is the pivotal science.  It involves the composition, structure and behaviour of atoms and molecules that make up all forms of matter. Chemistry is about finding answers for the problems of today: Ozone depletion, climate change, environmental damage, pollution, disease and hunger. Chemistry is principal to wealth creation and improving quality of life, whilst maintaining a healthy environment and society.

Medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry is the fastest growing area of Chemistry both in New Zealand and internationally. Medicinal Chemistry involves studying the design and biochemical effects of drugs used for the treatment of disease. It also looks at how these drugs are regulated and at any associated ethical issues.