The curriculum of Two-year M.Sc. Chemistry is spread over four semesters. Considering the key elements of National education policy 2019 with regard to higher education and requirements for obtaining accreditation from professional bodies like American chemical society (ACS) and Royal society of chemistry (RSC), the curriculum is designed to provide an integrated, rigorous and rich educational experiences in diverse interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary domains. Course structure consists of foundational and advanced levels in chemistry and from other sciences with an emphasis to begin research from early stages.

MSC Chemistry Overview

Overview of the program

  • Credit requirements and Period of Study: 72 Credits / 4 semesters
  • Foundation Chemistry Courses: 48 Credits
  • Advanced Chemistry Courses: 12 Credits
  • Other Soft-Core Courses: 12 Credits
  • Laboratory credits aimed at skill development
  • Mandatory graduate research projects
  • Flexibility to opt for pure chemistry or inter-disciplinary or cross-disciplinary curriculum
  • Option for credit transfers from MOOC platform

The purpose of the two years M.Sc. Chemistry program at Pondicherry University is to prepare students for careers as professionals in the field of chemistry, for graduate study in chemistry, biological chemistry and related fields, and for professional schools including medical, law and business programs, qualified school and college teachers, to develop skills in analysis and synthesis and more.

Students will acquire a firm foundation in the fundamentals and application of current chemical and scientific theories including those in Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistries. Majors with skills in extensive laboratory work and knowledge in various inter-disciplinary sciences, are eligible to be certified by the American Chemical Society and/or Royal Chemical Society.

  • Students will be able to design and carry out scientific experiments as well as accurately record and analyze the results of such experiments.
  • Students will develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning as applied to scientific problems.
  • Students will develop ability to communicate the results of scientific work in oral, written and electronic formats to both scientists and the public at large.
  • Students will acquire skills to explore new areas of research in both chemistry and allied fields of science and technology.
  • Students will appreciate the central role of chemistry in our society and use this as a basis for ethical behavior in issues facing chemists, including an understanding of safe handling of chemicals, environmental issues and key issues facing our society in energy, health and medicine.
  • Students will explain why chemistry is an integral activity for addressing social, economic, and environmental problems.
  • Students will function as members of an interdisciplinary problem-solving team.

M.Sc. Chemistry (4 Semesters): 72 Credits

Foundation Courses:

Theory (9 courses, HC): 28
Laboratory (2 Courses, HC): 8

Advanced Chemistry Courses:

Research Project (2 Courses, HC): 8
Seminar + viva + Internship (HC): 4
Theory (4 Courses, SC): 12

Other Courses:

*Inter/Cross disciplinary (SC): 12

Core Chemistry Credits (Laboratory + Theory): 60 (83%)
Soft-Core Credits (Theory + Laboratory): 12 (17%)

* Credit transfer from MOOC platforms is available

Courses offered for this program are of advanced in nature and require extended working hours. Most courses will have home assignments, in-class problem solving sessions, tests, term-papers, seminar presentation, laboratory work etc. Therefore, students are advised to register and work on hard-core credits in accordance with their competence levels. Students are further advised to choose soft-core courses in terms of their long term goals and their career options. Students shall complete the program within 8 semesters from their enrolment to the program. To fulfill the learning objectives, courses may involve large component of online activities through our department dedicate LMS platform. Students are advised to acquire basic computer skills and typing skills. In addition, course tutors may schedule online classroom sessions on Microsoft Teams Platform at a mutual convenient times.

Students shall have an option for credit transfers from MOOC platforms against Soft-Core credits. Students are strongly advised to consult Faculty Advisor and SWAYM coordinator. The maximum number of such credits shall be prescribed by the CBCS regulations and/or department program committee.

Courses may have pre-requisites and may also have laboratory and tutorials. Students are encouraged to consult the course tutor before registering. Course tutor shall have the option of waiving the pre-requisites for deserving students. Course tutor shall have the option to prescribe his/her own evaluation method. However, the final grading will be awarded as per the CBCS regulations of the University.

The semester-wise credit distribution show below is only a guidance to the students. Since various schools/departments/centres are involved in offering courses, Chemistry department may reorganize semester credits as per the availability of human resources and infra-structure facilities. Students are strongly advised to distribute their workload evenly for better performance.

Semester 1 (20 Credits)

CHEM410 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory I (3 Credits)
CHEM411: Symmetry and Structure (3 Credits)
CHEM412: Electronic Structure (3 Credits)
CHEM413: Chemical Bonding (2 Credits)
CHEM414: Chemical Reactions and Energetics (3 Credits)
CHEM415 Chemistry of main group Elements (3 Credits)
*Soft Core Course (3 Credits)

Semester 2 (22 Credits)

CHEM420 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory II (3 Credits)
CHEM421: Reaction Kinetics and mechanism (4 Credits)
CHEM422: Structure and Spectra: Electronic, Vibrational, Microwave (4 Credits)
CHEM423: Structure and Spectra: Magnetic Resonance (4 credits)
CHEM424: Structure and Bonding in Coordination Organometallic Compounds
of Transition Metals (4 Credits)
*Soft Core Course (3 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

CHEM510 Graduate Research Laboratory (4 Credits)
CHEM511 Summer Internship (2 Credits)
Chemistry Soft-Core Courses (6 Credits)
*Other Soft-Core Courses (3 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

CHEM520 Research Project (4 Credits)
CHEM521 Seminar Participation and Review Writing (1 Credit)
CHEM522 Comprehensive Viva (1 Credit)
Chemistry Soft-Core Courses (6 Credits)
*Other Soft-Core Courses (3 Credits)

* Credit transfer from MOOC platforms is available

Curriculum Document