MS/PhD in Chemistry

Program Overview

Chemistry is a major scientific discipline, which consists of several sub disciplines that form connections with other sciences to spawn new fields. Chemistry problem solving has far-reaching relevance to many aspects of our daily life and our future career as well. Solving the problems of today or tomorrow requires its connections with Ecology, Material Science, Planetary Science, Meteorology, Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering. Chemical principles apply to many other specialties from medicine and pharmacology to art restoration and criminology, from genetics and space research to archaeology and oceanography.In the Department of Chemistry at COMSATS, Lahore, we study and develop experimental and theoretical tools to understand and control the behavior of electrons, atoms, molecules and materials – to the benefit of science and society. In addition to our role providing foundational scientific knowledge, Chemistry’s natural synergy with other sciences leads our faculty and students into fascinating exchanges across disciplines, across campus and around the globe. Our department is working in various collaborative projects across all aspects of science, engineering, medicine. We have expertise in organic, inorganic, physical, biological and theoretical/computational, chemistry which are quite attractive for talented students and researchers.Our graduate programs (MS & PhD) are planned according to the growing demand of chemists in the fields of agriculture, environment, mineralogy, petroleum and medicine. Structuring our teaching in the traditional disciplines of Organic, Inorganic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry, we do research in a wide variety of topics covering a number of disciplines. Currently we are working on the research projects based on drug delivery, Electro-, Computational, Pharmaceutical, Material, Industrial, Synthesis & Nano-chemistry.Fully functional state of the art labs, library and allied facilities are available at CIIT, Lahore. Our Laboratories are equipped with the most modern and automated technology. A wide range of instruments like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Gas Chromatograph, X-Ray Diffractometer, Scanning Electron Microscope, Anaerobic Chamber, Fume Hoods, Centrifuges, Laminar flow hoods, UV-Vis & IR Spectrophotometers, Differential Scanning Calorimetric, Thermal Analyzer, Universal Testing Machine, Rheometer, Sonicators, etc. are available to facilitate MS and PhD students under the guidance of highly qualified faculty and supporting staff.

Program Objectives:

  • March towards new frontiers through vision, collaboration and innovation
  • Promote and support scientific culture in society by a knowledge platform
  • Educate and polish future leaders
  • Foster solutions of problems of local as well as global significance
  • Collaborate across many disciplines both within and external to CIIT

Career Prospects / Opportunities:

  • Applied research & Product development
  • Industrial, laboratory & project management
  • Technical communication & support
  • Formulation & Process development
  • Chemical & Biological analysis of materials
  • Chemical health & safety management
  • Collaborative research with Industry & Academia

Salient Features

  • Foreign Qualified Faculty
  • State of the Art Laboratories
  • Scholarships available under HEC, PSF, TWAS-COMSTECH and Swedish government grants
  • Cutting edge research
  • National and International collaborations

Research Areas

  • Electrochemical & Bio-electrochemical systems
  • Synthesis & Catalysis
  • Nanomaterials
  • Computational & Modeling
  • Pharmaceutics Sciences
  • Polymers & Composite Materials
  • Waste to value added materials
  • Analytical Chemistry: Analyses of Food & Environment, Forensic

Admission Criteria

The admission into the graduate program is very competitive based on merit. The merit will be determined on the basis of the academic record, test and interview.

Admission Pre-Requisites

MS Admission

  • A 16 years degree in any discipline of Chemistry from an accredited institution, with minimum First division (annual system) or CGPA 2.5/4.0 (semester system) and no third division (Annual system) or 'D' grade (semester system) throughout academic career.
  • NTS GAT (General) with minimum score of 50.

PhD Admission:

  • MS/M. Phil or its equivalent degree in the relevant field along with a thesis, from an accredited educational institution with a minimum CGPA of 3.0/4.0 (Semester System) or 70% (Annual System) marks, with no third division (Annual System) or D grade (Semester System) throughout the academic career.
  • GRE (Subject) as per HEC policy or NTS GAT (Subject) with 60% Marks.

Program structure

The students enrolled in MS program are required to take 4 core courses and 4 electives courses of 24 credit hours (courses with three credit hours each) to be selected from the courses offered by the department. In addition, all MS students have to work on a research project and submit a thesis of 6 credits hours to complete MS.

Learning Activities (MS Programs)

1. Regular Classes
Regular classes will be held to the taught courses. Duration of the class would be one and
half hour.
2. Research/Review Papers
Student will write at least research or review paper depending upon the research project.
3. Presentation: Two presentations are required: one on general chemistry of related field and one presentation on specific research.
4. Dissertation/Research
The student shall submit a Dissertation/Thesis on the subject of his/her research work.
For MS scholars 6 credit hours are allocated for research and dissertation.
Grading System
Assignments / Quizzes (20%)
Mid Term (20%)
Research/Review paper (15%)
Two presentations (20 %)
Final Exam (25%)
MS Degree Requirement
All MS degree programs are spread over 30 credit hours, required to be completed according to the criteria cited below:
Core Courses: 12 credit hours
Elective Courses: 12 credit hours
Two presentations: 02
Research (Thesis): 06 credit hours
PhD Degree Requirement
All PhD degree programs are spread over 38 credit hours, required to be completed according to the criteria cited below:
Courses: 18 credit hours
Three presentation:  03 (One-general subject chemistry, One-specific topic of applied nature, One-research presentation)
Research (Thesis):  20 credit hours
Course Policy
No tolerance for freeloaders, cheating, or plagiarism- not to defeat the whole purpose.
Honesty, integrity, equity, timeliness, regular attendance, participation, and hard work - key to professionalism and success