Proposed Master of Science in Chemistry

Graduate Programme

Proposed Master of Science in Chemistry

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • Admission to the MSc in Chemistry shall be done in accordance with the general Kyambogo University admission procedures and regulations.
  • The programme shall be governed by the admissions regulations of Kyambogo University graduate school.
  • Candidates with alternative qualifications stipulated in 6.1 and 6.2 above shall be granted admission on recommendation of the Departmental and Faculty boards subject to approval by the Graduate School Committee.
  • Candidates shall be admitted to the Master of Science in Chemistry by course work and dissertation with a minimum qualification of 2nd class lower division bachelors’ degree.
  • Candidates shall be admitted to the Master of Science in Chemistry by research and thesis with a minimum qualification of 2nd class upper division bachelor’s degree
DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

This section outlines the program duration for the two Master in Chemistry programs: MSc (Chem.) by research and thesis and MSc (Chem.) by course work and dissertation. It also gives in detail the protocol that shall be followed for admission, research process and thesis submission, and examination of research findings.

Fields in Master of Science In Chemistry

Master of Science in Chemistry by Research and Thesis

The MSc in Chemistry by research thesis shall officially last for a minimum period of two years. One year extension shall be allowable.  The student shall have to engage in full time research under the assigned University supervisor(s). Two supervisors shall be assigned to the candidate.

Admission Requirements
  • A candidate shall submit application form, three completed referee forms and relevant certified copies of academic documents to the Graduate School of Kyambogo University.
  • The documents shall then be sent to the Chemistry Department for vetting, consideration and recommendation by the Departmental graduate committee. The candidate shall then be issued with a provisional admission letter upon recommendation from the Departmental Graduate Committee and shall be required to register for the program.
  • The candidate shall be assigned two approved supervisors who shall assist the candidate in proposal development process. At least one supervisor should be from the Department of Chemistry. The other supervisor may be from any other department/institution provided he/she has the expertise relevant to the proposed study.
  • The candidate shall be required to present the research proposal to the Department of Chemistry and then to the Faculty of Science within a period of 6 months from the date of provisional admission.
  • The proposal shall not exceed 20 pages.
  • After successful proposal presentations, the candidate shall be issued with a full admission letter and proceed with the research.
Master of Science in Chemistry by Course Work and Dissertation 

The MSc in Chemistry by course work and dissertation shall officially last for a minimum period of two years. A candidate may apply for one year extension to cover a maximum period of three years. The student shall have one year of lecture contact hours in two semesters (each of 17 weeks) and engage in full-time research under the guidance of two University supervisors in the second year. At the end of the first academic year, the student shall be required to develop and present a research proposal to the Departmental and Faculty Graduate Committees before start of second academic year. The research work shall lead to a dissertation. The student shall be required to make a presentation of his/her research findings to the Department at such meetings scheduled on quarterly basis.

Each semester shall consist of seventeen 17 weeks; fifteen weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of examination. Each recess term shall be twelve 12 weeks. During this time a student shall be required to develop a research proposal with the guidance of their supervisors.

Program Structure

  1. Master of Science in Chemistry by Course Work and Dissertation
Semester One

Code

COURSE

L

P

CH

CU

 

Core Courses

 

 

 

 

MCH 7101

Advances in Analytical Chemistry Techniques 

30

30

60

3

MCH 7102

Advances in Inorganic Chemistry

30

30

60

3

MCH 7103

Advances in Physical Chemistry I

30

30

60

3

MCH 7104

Advances in Organic Chemistry

30

30

60

3

 

Elective Courses (select 2)

    

MCH 7105

Advances in Electrochemistry

30

30

60

3

MCH 7106

Environmental and Green  Chemistry

30

30

60

3

MCH 7107

Dyestuff and Color Chemistry

30

30

60

3

MCH 7108

Advanced Polymers and Composite Materials

30

30

60

3

 

Semester Load

  

360

18

Semester Two

Code

COURSE

L

P

CH

CU

 

Core courses

    

MCH 7201

Research Methods, Experimental Design, Proposal Writing and Chemometrics

30

30

60

3

MCH 7202

Advances in Physical Chemistry II

30

30

60

3

MCH 7203

Petroleum, Oil and Gas Chemistry

30

30

60

3

MCH 7204

Business Management and Product Marketing

30

30

60

3

 

Elective courses (select 2)

    

MCH 7205

Advances in Organic Spectroscopy

30

30

60

3

MCH 7206

Pharmaceutical and medicinal Chemistry

    

MCH 7207

Bioinorganic Chemistry

30

30

60

3

MCH 7208

Natural Products and Separation Techniques

30

30

60

3

MCH 7209

Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Quality Management Systems

30

30

60

3

MCH 7210

Special Topics in Chemistry

30

30

60

3

 

Minimum Semester Load

  

360

18

 

 

   

 

Code

COURSE

L

P

CH

CU

 

Core courses

    

MCH 7201

Research Methods, Experimental Design, Proposal Writing and Chemometrics

30

30

60

3

MCH 7202

Advances in Physical Chemistry II

30

30

60

3

MCH 7203

Petroleum, Oil and Gas Chemistry

30

30

60

3

MCH 7204

Business Management and Product Marketing

30

30

60

3

 

Elective courses (select 2)

    

MCH 7205

Advances in Organic Spectroscopy

30

30

60

3

MCH 7206

Pharmaceutical and medicinal Chemistry

    

MCH 7207

Bioinorganic Chemistry

30

30

60

3

MCH 7208

Natural Products and Separation Techniques

30

30

60

3

MCH 7209

Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Quality Management Systems

30

30

60

3

MCH 7210

Special Topics in Chemistry

30

30

60

3

 

Minimum Semester Load

  

360

18

 

 

   

 

 

SEMESTER ONE AND TWO: RESEARCH

INDIVIDUAL HRS

CH

CU

 

Semester Load = 24 CU

1,920

720

48

Total credit units = 84 CU

Key:     L = Lecture; P = Practical; CH = Contact Hours; CU = Credit Units

2. Master of Science in Chemistry by Research and Thesis

 

Semester One and Two

 

 

 

 

Individual  Hours

Contact  hrs

CU

 

 

1,920

720

48

 

 

Semester One and Two

 

 

 

 

Individual  Hours

Contact  hrs

CU

 

 

1,920

720

48

 

 Total credit units = 96 CU

NB:

A working day of 8 hours (8.00 am – 5.00 pm) for research is equivalent to 3 contact hours of lecture. Therefore, 12 months (12 months x 4 weeks x 5 days x 8 hours) = 1,920 hours (720 CH). Also, 1 CU = 15 CH. Therefore, 720 CH = 48 CU