MSc. in Chemistry


Chemistry is the science that contributes most to the widest range of activities of modern life, from microelectronics to medicine and from foods to fuels. There is need for a better educated work-force to cope with the increasingly complex demands of a rapidly changing society. A diverse programme of graduate level courses would help to stimulate creative and flexible research interests. Such a programme would make the student grow in, intellect, in judgement, in competence and in confidence.


This postgraduate programme is designed to prepare chemists for careers in University teaching, research and in chemical industry. This objective is met by having programme containing courses in all main chemistry areas. The research project is intended to emphasise practical aspects of the course work and to provide training for chemistry researchers.


Entry Requirements
The common regulations for all Master degrees in the University shall apply.
The following shall be eligible for registration for the Master of Science degree in Chemistry.
(i) A holder of a Bachelor of Science degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours in Chemistry either as a single subject or as one of the main subjects studied at B.Sc. level.
(ii) A holder of a Bachelor of Education degree who has studied chemistry as a major subject and has attained at least an Upper Second Class Honours.

Course Details

Course Structure and Duration
The Master's Programme in Chemistry will last for a minimum of 18 months, a maximum of 36 months and will be offered by course work, examination and thesis.
Areas of specialization:
(i) Analytical Chemistry
(ii) Inorganic Chemistry
(iii) Organic Chemistry
(iv) Physical Chemistry
(v) Theoretical Chemistry
First Year
During the first year of study, the Master of Science candidate will take ELEVEN Chemistry courses, SEVEN of which are compulsory. The remaining FOUR courses will be chosen from the intended area of specialization. However Analytical Chemistry students need to choose two more courses from other areas. Similarly, students who intend to specialize in Theoretical Chemistry must take CHEM 522 - Advanced Quantum Chemistry and one more course from other areas. All the students must audit for MATHS 500 - Biometry and Computer Packages.
Second Year
(i) During the second year of study, a M.Sc. (Chemistry) candidate will carry out an approved Research Project in one of the areas of Specialization, under supervision of an academic staff who would be recommended by the faculty board to the Senate.
(ii) At the end of the research Project, the candidate will be required to submit a thesis, which will be examined according to the common University regulations.
The candidate will be expected to give at least two seminars in his area of research.

Examinations for 1st year of the M.Sc. will be held at the end of the semester that a course is taught and the student MUST pass in all the courses in order to be allowed to proceed to the second year of study, except for Chem 728 which will be examined by course work alone.
The examination will have TEN three - hour examination papers, which will contribute 60% while 40%, will be contributed by continuous assessment.
The pass mark for each course will be 50%.