Postgraduate Program Overview

Research PG Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemistry

The purpose of the PhD program in Chemistry is to prepare students through the execution and completion of a substantial research project to become mature, independent scientists who themselves are then capable of the design, initiation and execution of their own original projects in academic or industrial environments. The admission into the program is to be regarded as a privilege, and the subsequent execution of the research project by a PhD candidate is a major undertaking. It requires the application of considerable depth and breadth of scholarship, and there must be substantial discovery of new science. The final PhD thesis must reflect clearly and completely the fulfillment of these criteria.

In fulfilling the degree requirements, the candidate is expected to conduct the thesis research under the supervision of a designated supervisor. In addition, the candidate must attend and present seminars, and undertake course work.


Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Chemistry

The program is designed with flexibility in order that students may tailor course selections according to their needs and interests. Requirements consist of approved course work and an original research thesis at the master’s level. Students with a first degree in an area other than that of their postgraduate program may be required to take additional courses. In fulfilling the degree requirements, students are expected to attend and present seminars, undertake course work and conduct thesis research. In the final stage of the program, students are required to submit a thesis to the Department and, subsequently, to present and defend it.


Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) In Marine Environmental Science and Atmospheric Environmental Science

Multidisciplinary programs offered by the School of Science. The Department participates in this program. Further details at


Taught PG Programs

The MSc program aims to prepare BSc graduates for employment and a career in analytical laboratories. This ranges from materials and forensic testing to environmental sampling and food quality control.  The application of modern analysis techniques to real work problems as well as physical principles underlying such methods will be covered.  In addition to core and elective lecture modules, the program also includes laboratory and project based practical courses, providing extensive hands-on experience.  The program may also be used as a stepping stone to a research postgraduate degree.


Please refer to The MSc in Analytical Chemistry Program Website


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