Grad Students

Overview of PhD and MSc Programmes


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemistry

The PhD in Chemistry programme is a four-year programme that trains students to work in chemistry through a broad, flexible base of coursework and research experience. Our graduate students take advanced courses focusing on active research topics, and perform research under the supervision of a faculty member. The programme culminates in writing and defending a scientific thesis before a panel of scientific experts.

Our division boasts world-class experts in many fields of chemistry, contributing to NTU's 13th place rank in Chemistry in the 2017 Nature Index, among academic institutions worldwide. We have specialists in biophysical chemistry, nanomaterials, femtosecond and attosecond spectroscopy, microfluidics, atmospheric chemistry, polymer science, chemical biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry, and many other areas.

Many PhD students in our division are supported by scholarships, which cover tuition fees and provide a stipend and other forms of support. Some scholarships include certain teaching and service requirements; the exact terms and conditions are explained upon the offering of the scholarship.

To apply for the Chemistry PhD programme, please go to our Admission Requirements page, and read the instructions carefully.

Master of Science (MSc) in Chemical Sciences & Instrumentation

The MSc in Chemical Sciences and Instrumentation (MSCSI) programme is targeted at professionals looking to maximize their potential in the energy and chemicals industry, as well as recent graduates seeking a headstart in their careers. The MSCSI will equip graduates with transferable and interdisciplinary skills in chemistry concepts, instruments, data science, and technopreneurship. The curriculum includes advanced theoretical courses in the sub-disciplines of chemistry, hands-on exposure to some of the latest equipment, as well as training in commercialization, data analytics, and communication. The complementary depth and breadth of the MSCSI will provide holistic education that should help graduates adapt and thrive in a knowledge-based economy. For more information, please click here.​

Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry

The MSc in Chemistry programme is a 1–3 year programme that combines a coursework component with research experience at the frontiers of chemistry research. Masters students are also expected to complete a research thesis, typically at a lower level of comprehensiveness and scope than PhD theses.