Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Chemistry

The PhD program in Chemistry is designed for students with Master degree in Chemistry from a credited university. It is a 56 credit hours program offered for full time students within the Department of Chemistry. The study plan is composed of 24 credit hours course work that students are required to complete successfully and 30 credit hours of research. Students are required to write and successfully defend a written PhD thesis at the end of their duration of study. The coursework includes 6 credit hours of College requirements (Ethics, Research Methods and Seminars), 3 chemistry core courses (9 credit hours) and 3 elective courses (9 credit hours). Students can choose their supervisors and have a chance to choose from a wide spectrum of available research topics. The program is fee-based and is open for all students who meet the entry requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will have performed and defended an original work of research in their fields of specialization which contributed new human knowledge.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 54 hours

Program Requirements:

Part 1: General Requirements (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC701Research Methods II1.000
COSC702Ethics of Scientific Research II1.000
COSS711Seminar I1.000
COSS722Seminar II1.000
COSS733Journal Club1.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (CHEM 701 + any 6 credits of the following courses:) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM701Advanced Analytical Chemistry3.000
CHEM702Advanced Organic Chemistry3.000
CHEM703Advanced Protein Biochemistry: Structure and Function3.000
CHEM704Molecular Structure and Bonding3.000
CHEM705Modern Physical Chemistry3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (Any 9 credits hours of the following courses, or other approved graduate courses of 600 levels or above according to the study plan.) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM601Organic Reaction Mechanisms3.000
CHEM602Polymer Chemistry3.000
CHEM603Spectroscopic methods of structure determination3.000
CHEM604Biotechnology in the Modern World3.000
CHEM605Mechanisms of cellular signal transduction3.000
CHEM608Surface and Interface Analysis3.000
CHEM606Structure, Bonding and Properties of Solids3.000
CHEM609Mass Spectrometry3.000
CHEM614Organometallic Chemistry of the Transition Metals3.000
CHEM615Chemical Sensors and Biosensors3.000
CHEM616Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry3.000

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSC800Comprehensive Exam0.000
COSR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
COSR900Dissertation Research  10.000
COSD910Dissertation Defense0.000
1 : Minimum 0 credits and Maximum 36 credits