PhD In Chemistry
AED 6,666 / per credit
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The Ph.D. in Chemistry (Ph.D. CHEM) builds on Khalifa University’s internationally leading research activity in science, engineering, and medicine. It supports the University’s alignment with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 plan through the provision of internationally excellent education and student experience in Chemistry, producing highly skilled science professionals capable of transferring state-of-the-art technologies to priority sectors of industry, business, and government. The aim of the Ph.D. in Chemistry program is to produce graduates who are able to conduct independent research in Chemistry at the highest levels of originality and quality. The degree will be awarded to students who demonstrate a range of advanced knowledge and skills at the forefront of Chemistry and who complete an independent investigation of a novel specialist topic in order to present a dissertation addressing a problem in cutting-edge research. Candidates for the degree will be supervised by teams of experienced researchers.
Overall Program Structure
The Ph.D. in Chemistry consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours, distributed as follows: 24 credit hours of coursework, and 36 credit hours of Ph.D. Dissertation, and two zero-credit Ph.D. Seminar courses. The components of the program are summarized in the table below:
Program Component - Credit Hours
- CHEM 701 Methods and Techniques of Chemical Research - 3
- SCIE 701 Research Methods Science - 3
- SCIE 702 Research Seminar I - 0
- SCIE 703 Research Seminar II - 0
- Program Electives - 18
- SCIE 799 Ph.D. Research Dissertation - 36
- Total - 60
Students seeking the degree of Ph.D. in Chemistry must successfully complete a minimum of 60 credit hours as specified in the program requirements detailed below, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0. Course selection should be made in consultation with the student’s Main Advisor.
Program Core (6 credit hours)
Students must complete the following core courses:
- CHEM 701 Methods and Techniques of Chemical Research
- SCIE 701 Research Methods Science
- SCIE 702 Research Seminar I (0 credits)
- SCIE 703 Research Seminar II (0 credits)
Program Electives (18 credit hours)
Students must complete a total of six elective courses (18 credits). Program electives are listed below:
- CHEM 711 Recent Developments in Inorganic Chemistry
- CHEM 712 Recent Developments in Organic Chemistry
- CHEM 713 Recent Developments in Physical Chemistry
- CHEM 714 Recent Developments in Analytical Chemistry
- CHEM 715 Recent Developments in Nanomaterials Chemistry
- CHEM 716 Recent Developments in Environmental Chemistry
- CHEM 717 Recent Developments in Bioorganic Chemistry
- CHEM 799 Entrepreneurship in Chemistry-Science
Subject to the approval of the Main Advisor and the Program Coordinator, up to two electives (6 credits) may be taken from outside the student’s department, if these courses support the student’s dissertation topic.
SCIE 799 Ph.D. Research Dissertation (36 credit hours)
Students must complete a Dissertation that involves creative, research-oriented work within the field of chemistry, under the direct supervision of a full-time faculty advisor from the Chemistry Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as a co-advisor. The outcome of the research should demonstrate the synthesis of information into knowledge in a form that may be used by others. The research findings must be documented in a formal dissertation and defended successfully in a viva voce examination.
The objectives of the Ph.D. in Chemistry program are to produce graduates who have the ability to:
- Synthesize and critically evaluate complex current knowledge in the chemical sciences in order to plan and implement new and creative approaches so as to generate new knowledge and solve research challenges with effective dissemination of the results to a variety of audiences;
- Work to the highest professional and ethical standards in an area of chemical sciences and develop their individual academic, professional, and career skills; and
- Keep abreast of the latest developments in chemistry that contribute to the advancement of knowledge for the benefit of society.
Upon successful completion of the Ph.D. in Chemistry, a graduate will be able to:
- Demonstrate and critically analyze comprehensive, deep, and overarching knowledge that is at the frontier of recent developments in chemical sciences.
- Conduct and defend original independent research that creates significant new knowledge in chemical sciences of publishable quality that leads to scholarly articles or other intellectual outputs.
- Analyze and critically evaluate the uses and limitations of diverse methodologies and techniques for solving problems in chemical research, leading to informed and valid judgments.
- Select and deploy advanced experimental and related skills to investigate and solve complex problems in chemical research.
- Communicate effectively and professionally, in written and oral forms as appropriate, the major tenets of areas of chemistry and their individual specializations to a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrate a commitment to safe, responsible, and ethical behavior in all research and professional activities.
- Reflect upon their role(s) in their research specialization and in the wider research community to ensure that they take responsibility for their own development and that of peer groups and networks.