Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

To enhance innovation, creativity, professionalism, development of new products/processes and provision of solutions in the field of chemistry through effective research and training

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The common regulations for admission requirements in all Ph.D. degree programmes of Murang’a University of Technology shall apply.   In addition to the above, the candidate shall be a holder of a relevant Master’s degree of Murang’a University of Technology or its equivalent from any other university recognized by Murang’a University of Technology Senate and Commission for University Education (CUE).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Alternative I (with course work): A student shall be required to:
    • Attend at least 2/3 of lectures to be allowed to sit for end of semester examinations
    • Develop a research proposal
    • Conduct research and make presentations in seminars
    • Provide Progress report per semester
    • Write and show acceptance of at least two (2) research papers in peer reviewed journals before submitting research thesis
    • Present a research thesis to a panel in line with the post-graduate studies policy
  • Obligation of lecturers (with course work)
    • Facilitate learning
    • Ensure 100% coverage of the course outline
    • Guide and supervise research work
    • Examine learners
  • Alternative II (without course work): A student shall be required to:
    • Develop a research proposal
    • Conduct research and make presentations in seminars
    • Provide Progress report per semester
    • Write and show acceptance of at least two (2) research papers in peer reviewed journals before submitting research thesis
    • Present a research report to a panel in line with the post-graduate studies policy
  • Obligation of lecturers (without course work)
    • Guide and supervise research work
    • Examine learners

DURATION OF STUDY

Three (3) Academic Years

GOAL OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme seeks to enhance individual’s capacity and skills for positions involving research, teaching and results dissemination in international, regional and national institution of research and higher institution of learning.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge in the various fields of chemistry
  2. Develop research proposals, carry out research and report in scholarly journals
  3. Supervise other researchers and students in their areas of specialization and related fields

MODE OF DELIVERY OF THE PRGRAMME

The mode of delivery shall be face to face.

JUSTIFICATION FOR THE NEED OF THE PROGRAMME

The PhD in Chemistry degree programme is designed to produce graduates who will:

  • Undertake research to suit the current trends in chemistry and provide solutions related to chemistry.
  • Be equipped with skills and knowledge covering a broad range of topics and disciplines relevant to the public/private sector.
  • Demonstrate develop competency in the responsible conduct of research
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze data critically and to design research experiments independently.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT POLICY

The assessment shall take two major categories as follows:

  1. At least two (2) Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) shall be administered during the semester which shall account for 40%
  2. End of semester examinations shall account for 60%