Postgraduate Programmes

The Department of Chemistry provides a high level, quality learning experience for all of its postgraduate students
At the moment there are two postgraduate courses in Chemistry leading to the following qualifications:
1. MSc. CHEMISTRY
2. PH.D. CHEMISTRY

1. MSc. CHEMISTRY

The following shall be eligible for registration for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry.
i.  A holder of at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) degree having studied Chemistry either as a single subject or as one of the two Science subjects at Bachelor’s degree level or its equivalent from a University recognized by the Senate.
ii. Under exceptional circumstances a holder of at least a Second Class Honours (Lower Division) degree having studied Chemistry as either a single subject or as one of the two Science subjects at Bachelor’s degree level or its equivalent may be registered provided the candidate produces evidence of proven postgraduate research ability.

Duration and Pattern of the course
i. The duration of the Master of Science degree in Chemistry shall be at least two academic years (18 months) from the date of registration.
ii. The Master of Science course will consist of:
Either
Course work Examination and thesis
Or
Research and thesis only (very exceptional cases).  A student taking this option of the programme will be expected to take units SCH 3100 Analytical Chemistry and SCH 3101 Research Techniques.
iii. In the first year, students studying for Master of Science degree by course work, examinations and thesis will take ten units of which five will be core and the other five will be electives.  Three of the elective units will be taken from the student’s intended area of specialization and the remaining two electives chosen from any other area.  In addition, students must attend and present department seminars.
iv. In the second year of study, students will concentrate on their research work, present seminars and write theses.
v. Students studying for a Master of Science degree by thesis only will spend the whole period on research and present and attend seminars and thesis.  Such students may be required to take additional reading in those areas relevant to their research work.  In addition the students will take two core units SCH 3100 and SCH 3101 during the first year of study.
Areas of Specialization
Students taking a Master of Science degree in Chemistry may study any of the following four areas of specialization:
i.Analytical/Environmental Chemistry
ii.Inorganic Chemistry
iii.Organic Chemistry
iv.Physical Chemistry

2. PH.D. IN CHEMISTRY

A candidate registered for Ph.D. in Chemistry shall carry out a programme of original study or research over a minimum period of twenty four (24) months after the date of registration and shall submit a thesis based on the study of the research done
Areas of Specialization
Students taking a Ph.D. in Chemistry may study any of the following four areas of specialization:
i.Analytical/Environmental Chemistry
ii.Inorganic Chemistry
iii.Organic Chemistry
iv.Physical Chemistry