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M.Phil./Ph.D. - Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry, through the OESH Programme, offers the following Graduate programmes:
M.Phil. and Ph.D. (Chemistry)

Programme Objectives:
1.    To produce a cadre of leaders in science for academia (research and teaching), government and quasi-governmental organizations and industry: exponents of science and technology and conduits for S & T driven change and development.

2.    To generate new knowledge and publishable results

3.    To produce graduates with:
i.    thorough knowledge of their specific areas of research (current state, trends, prospects) and good familiarity with allied fields;
ii.    high levels of technical and analytical skill;
iii.    the ability to collect, collate and interpret large volumes of information;
iv.    the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing;
v.    the capacity to establish independent research programs (Ph.D. holders).

Entry Requirements:
The prerequisite for entry to the M.Phil. (Chemistry) program is a B.Sc.. degree in Chemistry with a GPA ≥ 3.00.  Candidates holding Master’s degrees in Chemistry are admitted directly into the Ph.D. program, but the more general route to a Ph.D. is via upgrading of registration from M.Phil..

Areas of Research
Bauxite/Alumina Chemistry, Catalysis, Chemical Education, Computer-assisted Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Food Chemistry, Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms, Metal Organic Framework Materials, Microbial Chemistry,  Molecular Structure and Phase Transition, Nanomolecules, Natural Products, Nitrovasodilator Studies, Nutrient Pollution, Organic Synthesis, Organometallic Catalysis, Pesticide Degradation, Physical Chemistry of Interfaces, Pollution Chemistry, Quantum-dots, Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Structure and Properties of Electrochemical Interfaces, Supramolecular Chemistry, Surface Chemistry, Ultratrace Organic Toxin Analysis.

Duration of programme:
M. Phil.  – approximately 3.5 years
Ph.D. – approximately 5.5 years

Programme Structure:
Incoming graduate students register for the M.Phil. and, in the first semester, take a compulsory four-credit course, C60M (Research Methods).  In the first and/or subsequent semesters candidates who intend to read for an M.Phil. take an additional two-credit course; those who plan to upgrade to a Ph.D. must take courses (inclusive of Research Methods) which total nine credits.

In the second semester each graduate student begins a research project in the program of his/her chosen Supervisor(s). The research programs of the individual academic staff members in the Department are, for the most part, executed by graduate students.   After 2-3 years of research a student is expected to both write a thesis and graduate with an M.Phil. or transfer from the M.Phil. to the Ph.D. program; the latter process entails the production of a document comprising a report of work completed and a proposal, delivery of a seminar and an oral examination.  

Core Courses
Course Code Course Name No. of Credits Assessment
C 60M
Research Methods 4 Two in-course tests – 20%
Computer exercise and submission of spectra – 15%
Report – 40%
Oral presentation – 25%
C 60C

Literature-based Project
2 Continuous assessment – 15%
Written review – 60%
Oral presentation – 25%


C  61A
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Examination – 50%   
Assignments (3) and oral presentation (1) – 50%

C 62A

Reaction Mechanisms in Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
Examination – 50%    
Assignments (3) and oral presentation (1) – 50%
C 62B
Organic Synthesis: Methods, Design and Strategy

Examination – 50%    
Assignments (3) and oral presentation (1) – 50%
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