MPhil/PhD Degrees in Chemistry

Regulations for the MPhil and PhD Programmes

1.0 Entrance Requirements

1.1 To be eligible to register for the MPhil Degree in Chemistry, applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

(a) A Single Major or Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from a recognized university or equivalent institution of higher learning with a minimum achievement of 3.5 GPA on a 5-point scale;

(b) A Combined Major Bachelor of Science Degree or allied fields in Chemistry from a recognized university or equivalent institution of higher learning with a minimum achievement of 4.0 GPA on a 5-point scale;

(c) A Master of Science Degree in Chemistry from a recognized university or equivalent institution of higher learning.

1.2 To be eligible to register for the PhD Degree, applicants must have a Master’s Degree in Chemistry, i.e. Master of Science or MPhil, or a Bachelor of Science Degree (Chemisty Single Major) with minimum achievement of 4.2 GPA on a 5-point scale from a recognized university or equivalent institution of higher learning. In addition, the candidate may be required to take and pass a qualifying examination as prescribed by the Departmental Board. In all cases the provisions of General Regulation 50.21.2 shall apply.

2.0 Programme Structure

2.1 MPhil and PhD

Degrees shall normally consist of seminar(s), research work and thesis. The duration of the MPhil and PhD programmes shall be in accordance with General Regulations 50.41.1 and 50.41.2.

2.2 In addition to the provisions of General Regulation 50.12, the following departmental regulations shall apply:

(a) A candidate may be required to undergo a Departmental assessment and evaluation in order to determine whether or not he/she is qualified to undertake the MPhil or PhD programme of study. On the basis of this assessment and evaluation, a candidate may be required to register and pass some or all of the Master of Science courses currently offered by the Department;

(b) All MPhil and PhD candidates shall be required to register for seminar topics chosen from CHE801 through CHE808. The topics chosen shall not be related to, but shall be in support of the candidate’s programme of research work (c) Each seminar in courses CHE801 through CHE808 consists of a written report on a directed study of a selected topic as well as a presentation of a seminar to a sectional Committee/ Departmental Board. The study shall be carried out under the supervision of a member of staff and the Departmental Board shall assess the report (d) MPhil candidates shall be required to achieve satisfactory performance in one seminar. PhD candidates shall be required to achieve satisfactory performance in two seminars

(e) In addition to the seminar presentations of courses CHE801 through CHE808, all candidates shall be required to make two formal oral presentations on their research. The first oral presentation shall be made midway through the research, and the second presentation shall be made at the end of the research project, before submission of the thesis.

3.0 Transfer of Registration

Transfers from MPhil to PhD or from PhD to MPhil shall be permitted in accordance with the provisions of General Regulations 50.43.1 and 50.43.2, respectively. In addition to the above provisions, a candidate requesting transfer from the MPhil to the PhD programme must satisfy the following Departmental Requirements:

(a) Candidates must achieve satisfactory performance in both the oral presenta-tion and written report in one of the seminar courses (CHE801 through CHE808) as assessed by the Departmental Board or a sectional committee constituted by it

(b) Candidates must achieve satisfactory performance in both the oral presentation of and the written report on his/her research project, as assessed by the Departmental Board or a sectional committee constituted by it, normally within 9 to 24 months from the date of initial registration. The degree candidate may also be required to pass a qualifying examination as prescribed by the Departmental Board.

4.0 MPhil and PhD Courses

CHE801 Seminar Topics in Analytical Chemistry I (2)

CHE802 Seminar Topics in Inorganic Chemistry I (2)

CHE803 Seminar Topics in Analytical Chemistry II (2)

CHE804 Seminar Topics in Inorganic Chemistry II (2)

CHE805 Seminar Topics in Organic Chemistry I (2)

CHE806 Seminar Topics in Physical Chemistry I (2)

CHE807 Seminar Topics in Organic Chemistry II (2)

CHE808 Seminar Topics in Physical Chemistry II (2)

Dissertation and Thesis

24 credits:

CHE751 Supervised Research and Dissertation in Analytical Chemistry (MSc)

CHE752 Supervised Research and Dissertation in Inorganic Chemistry (MSc)

CHE753 Supervised Research and Dissertation in Organic Chemistry (MSc)

CHE754 Supervised Research and Dissertation in Physical Chemistry (MSc) 48 credits:

CHE851 Supervised Research and Thesis in Analytical Chemistry (MPhil)

CHE852 Supervised Research and Thesis in Inorganic Chemistry (MPhil)

CHE853 Supervised Research and Thesis in Organic Chemistry (MPhil)

CHE854 Supervised Research and Thesis in Physical Chemistry (MPhil)

CHE951 Supervised Research and Thesis in Analytical Chemistry (PhD)

CHE952 Supervised Research and Thesis in Inorganic Chemistry (PhD)

CHE953 Supervised Research and Thesis in Organic Chemistry (PhD)

CHE954 Supervised Research and Thesis in Physical Chemistry (PhD)

5.0 Assessment and Examination

5.1 The coursework shall be continuously assessed. Continuous assessment shall consist of written tests, assignments, seminar-type presentations on assigned materials, laboratory exercises, etc. There shall be a formal examination of all courses taken in each semester. The ratio between continuous assessment and formal examination marks shall be 1:1.

5.2 The examination of dissertations and theses shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of General Regulations 50.50 through 50.61.4.