Faculty of Natural Sciences

PhD Programme in Chemistry

– About the Programme

Supervised doctorates are the highest degrees awarded by the University for research which is carried out under the immediate supervision of staff members. The education and training provided in these degree programmes are designed to produce graduates who have the capacity to conduct independent research that is both original and of high quality. At the completion of a doctoral programme, the graduate must be capable of conceiving, designing and carrying out a research programme without supervision. Doctoral work requires you to make an original contribution to the field.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is awarded after examination of a thesis. The original contribution to knowledge required of candidates must be consistent with at least three years of supervised research and significant parts of the work should be worthy of publication at international levels.

The Department of Chemistry carries out both basic (or curiosity-driven) research and applied research within the following topics: energy and the environment; materials science, nanoscience and nanotechnology; functional genome; antioxidants: pharmacy; catalysis; petrochemicals; inorganic structural chemistry; history of chemistry and chemistry education.

Subject Areas

A more detailed description of ongoing research activities at the department can be found at the Department of Chemistry.