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Dphil Physical Chemistry

Introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy programmes in Chemistry are designed to prepare candidates to undertake high level independent research work and participate in a wide range of research projects. The coursework, together with research and thesis enhance the cognitive and theoretical understanding of the area of specialization.

The specific objectives of the programmes are to:

1.         Train highly qualified manpower for advanced level teaching and research.

2.         Develop the highest level of scholarship, research capability and creative thinking in the student’s area of specialization.

3.         Apply their expertise in finding solutions to problems of the society.

5.         Further the frontiers of knowledge in Chemistry.

Design of the Programme


All the D.phil programmes shall normally consist of coursework, examination and thesis. The minimum course workload shall be 21 units comprising at least 12 units of level 9 (D.Phil.) courses and the balance from level 8 (M.Phil.) courses described under each area of specialization. However, a candidate who had successfully taken the required level 8 courses during the Masters programme may be credited with no more than 9 units towards the D.Phil. course units. An applicant holding recognized masters degree with long experience in research as evidenced by publication and postgraduate teaching at the university level may apply for exception of coursework. All coursework shall be completed in the first year of study.

The unit distribution of coursework, research and thesis shall be as follows:

Year 1

Semester I -12 units of coursework and 3 units of research proposal

Semester II-9 units of coursework and 6 units of research proposal

Year 2=15 units of research

Year 3=15 units of research and thesis

Course Structure

First Year

Required and Elective Courses

Code

Title

Units

CHE 921

Experimental Techniques in Chemistry

3

CHE 950

Catalysis, Surface and Colloid Chemistry

3

CHE 951E

Polymer Physical Chemistry

3

CHE 952E

Current Topics in Physical Chemistry

3

CHE 953E

Applied Electrochemistry

3

CHE 954E

Advanced Molecular Spectroscopy

3

CHE 997

Research Proposal and Seminar

3

CHE 998

Research Proposal and Presentation

6


Second Year

Code

Title

Units

CHE 999

Thesis Research

15

Third Year

Code

Title

Units

CHE 999

Thesis Research

15


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