About Postgraduate Programmes


Postgraduate course in chemistry is a broad area that covers what is referred to as ‘old school’ principles of solution phase chemistry and quantitative analysis, as well as more current treatments that introduce a suite of modern analytical instrumentation. The courses are designed to cover both areas and to train students in scientific methods that extend interest and knowledge in all areas of the subject in an integrated curriculum that emphasizes real-world examples of chemical problems. These include:

  • Provision through understanding of the basic principles of synthesis, analysis, including design of sampling programme, pre-treatment, data handling and of the instrumentation used in modern analysis
  • Helping students think critically and make informed choices between proposed techniques, methods, instruments and also enable students to interpret data.
  • Provide familiarity with current literature to enable students to review, select, read and critically discuss the papers most relevant to a particular topic and also develop the techniques of communication, including report writing, poster and oral presentation by independent study.
  • Finally, train students in the methods of experimental design and the creation of new methods, novel modifications or combinations of existing methods.

The Department offers Full time M.Sc. programmes as well as full time and part time Ph.D. programmes in the following areas:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Science and Technology

The full time M.Sc. courses are designed to last at least three (3) semesters with course work and research project. In the first and second semesters, coursework and research will run concurrently while the third semester will be devoted to research only. The Ph.D programme is by research and this cover a minimum of six semesters.

The department also offers two semester Postgraduate Diploma courses in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry. Lectures are taken three days in a week normally Thursday to Saturday. The programmes are made up of course work and a research project. The students are also expected to give seminars before graduation