PhD Chemistry

Program Description

PhD program is offered in two major streams of Chemistry.

  1. Applied Organic Chemistry (specialization)
    • Applied Organic Chemistry: (Organic Synthesis, Natural Product and Medicinal Chemistry)
    • Chemistry of Composite Materials
  2. Industrial Chemistry (specialization)
    • Fuel Chemistry
    • Environmental Chemistry

Studies towards MS / PhD in each of these two streams can be undertaken. From each stream.
Four courses are to be taken in first semester and four courses in the second semester. In the third and fourth semesters, a research project is to be undertaken under the guidance of supervisor.
The lists of the compulsory and elective courses of each stream are cited below. The students can take any elective course in consultation with the supervisor in order to acquire the knowledge reference to the research project offered.

Learning Activities (MS Programs)

1. Regular Classes
Regular classes will be held to the taught courses. Duration of the class would be one and
half hour.

2. Research/Review Papers
Student will write at least research or review paper depending upon the research project.

3. Presentation: Two presentations are required: one on general chemistry of related field and one presentation on specific research.

4. Dissertation/Research
The student shall submit a Dissertation/Thesis on the subject of his/her research work.
For MS scholars 6 credit hours are allocated for research and dissertation.

Grading System
Assignments / Quizzes (20%)
Mid Term (20%)
Research/Review paper (15%)
Two presentations (20 %)
Final Exam (25%)

MS Degree Requirement
All MS degree programs are spread over 30 credit hours, required to be completed according to the criteria cited below:
Core Courses: 12 credit hours
Elective Courses: 12 credit hours
Two presentations: 02
Research (Thesis): 06 credit hours

PhD Degree Requirement
All PhD degree programs are spread over 38 credit hours, required to be completed according to the criteria cited below:
Courses: 18 credit hours
Three presentation: 03 (One-general subject chemistry, One-specific topic of applied nature, One-research presentation)
Research (Thesis): 20 credit hours

Course Policy
No tolerance for freeloaders, cheating, or plagiarism- not to defeat the whole purpose.

Honesty, integrity, equity, timeliness, regular attendance, participation, and hard work - key to professionalism and success

Application and Admission

At CIIT the admissions in graduate programs are offered on merit. The merit is determined on the basis if the academic record, GRE/NTS-GAT score and interview.
General Eligibility Criteria
  • An MS/M.Phil degree with Thesis of 06 credit hours or its equivalent degree with Thesis of 06 credit hours, in the relevant field from an accredited institution, with minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0 (Semester system) or 70% marks (annual system), and no third division (annual system) or'D' grade (semester system) throughout the academic career. 
  • GRE (Subject) as per HEC policy or NTS GAT (subject) with a minimum score of 60.

Program Duration

The duration of studies for PhD degree shall normally be, not less than three years and not more than five years.

Course Work Requirements:

a) A PhD scholar shall have to complete 18 credit hoursof graduate level course work from approved Scheme of Studies and 09 credit hours of PhD thesis. Supervisory committee will recommend the courses for each student. Courses will be selected from the list of all approved graduate level courses. Only 600 level and above courses are permitted for PhD.

b) The reigstration of PhD Thesis of 09 credit hours shall be allowed after the completion of course work for PhD degree.

c) If the scheme of courses completed by the candidates for their last degree in the relevant field does not provide adequate background for the PhD program into which they are seeking admissions, they may be required to rectify the defficiency by taking one or more additional courses proposed by the departmental advisory committee.

Note: Information regarding required oral and written examinations and detailed rules and regulation as specified in the CIIT Graduate Handbook will be considered final.

Career Prospects

Chemistry has such a wide variety of important applications that it creates constant demand for well-trained chemists in many fields. There are a large number of job opportunities for Chemistry graduates nationally and internationally in the following fields:

  • Industries
  • Health departments
  • Mineralogy department
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Pharmacy
  • Agriculture and
  • Teaching Institutes etc