The curriculum of Five years M.Sc. Integrated Chemistry is spread over ten 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 educational experience in diverse interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary domains. Course structure consists of basic, foundational and advanced levels in chemistry and from other sciences with an emphasis to begin research from early stages. Curriculum organization is outlined in Chart below

5 Years Integrated M.Sc. Chemistry

Overview of the program:

  • Credit requirements and Period of Study: 192 Credits / 10 semesters
  • Hard-Core Credits: 156 Credits
  • Basic courses: 108 Credits
  • Foundation Courses: 48 Credits
  • Advanced Chemistry Courses: 12 Credits
  • Other Courses: 24 Credits
  • Laboratory credits aimed at skill development
  • Option for undergraduate and graduate research projects
  • Flexibility to choose pure chemistry or inter-disciplinary or cross disciplinary curriculum
  • Option for credit transfers from MOOC platform

The purpose of the five years M.Sc. Integrated Chemistry program at Pondicherry University is to provide the key knowledge base and laboratory resources 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, 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. Integrated Chemistry (1-6 semesters): 120 Credits

Chemistry Courses (62 Credits)

Theory Credits (12 courses, HC): 46
Laboratory Credits (6 courses, HC): 16

Physics Department Courses (13 Credits)

Theory Credits (2 courses, HC): 6
*Theory Credits (1 course, SC): 3
Laboratory Credits (2 courses, HC): 4

Applied Geology Department Courses (6 Credits)

Theory Credits (2 Courses): 6

Biology and Life Sciences Department Courses (6 Credits)

Theory Credits (2 Courses, HC): 6

Mathematics Department Courses (6 Credits)

Theory Credits (2 Courses, HC): 6

Environmental Sciences Department Courses (3 Credits)

Theory Credits (3 Courses, HC): 3

Language Department Courses (12 Credits)

Functional English (2 Courses, HC): 6
Modern Indian Language (2 Courses, SC): 6

Public Administration Department Courses (3 Credits)

Theory Credits (1 Course, HC): 3

Other Schools/Departments/Centres (9 Credits)

*Theory Credits (Soft Core): 9

Hard Core Credits (Theory): 88 (73%)
Hard Core Credits (Laboratory): 20 (17%)
Soft Core Credits (Theory) (SC): 12 (10%)

M.Sc. Integrated Chemistry (7 – 10 Semesters): 72 Credits

Foundation Courses:

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

Advanced Chemistry Courses:

Laboratory + 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

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 shall not register for any Soft-Core credits during the first two semesters of their program. Students shall register Soft-Core credits for at least 24 credits from 4th and 5th level courses out of which 12 credits shall be from chemistry courses. In addition to this, students shall register Functional English, Modern Indian Languages, Environmental Science, Public Administration and other soft-core courses as described in the credit distribution above. 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.

General Hard-Core (18 Credits)
(These credits are earned as and when they are offered)

Functional English (2 courses, 6 Credits)
Indian Languages (2 courses, 6 Credits)
Environmental Science (1 course, 3 Credits)
Public Administration (1 course, 3 Credits)

Semester 1 (16 Credits)

CHEM110 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I (2 Credits)
CHEM111 Principles of General Chemistry I (3 credits)
PHYS131 Mechanics (3 Credits)
PHYS130 Physics Laboratory I (2 credits)
MATH116 Calculus – I (3 Credits)
EASC111 Earth and Environment (3 Credits)

Semester 2 (16 Credits)

CHEM120 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II (2 Credits)
CHEM121 Principles of General Chemistry II (3 Credits)
PHYS140 Physics Laboratory II (2 Credits)
PHYS141 Thermal Physics and Kinetic Theory (3 Credits)
MATH126 Calculus – II (3 Credits)
BIOL101 General Biology I (3 Credits)

Semester 3 (17 Credits)

CHEM210 Chemistry Laboratory 3 (3 Credits)
CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry (4 Credits)
CHEM212 Mathematics for Chemists (4 Credits)
EASC211 Crystallography and Mineralogy (3 Credits)
BIOL201 General Biology II (3 Credits)

Semester 4 (17 Credits)

CHEM220 Chemistry Laboratory 4 (3 Credits)
CHEM221 Organic Chemistry I: Functionalizing Hydrocarbons (4 Credits)
CHEM222 Introduction to Quantum Chemistry and molecular Symmetry (4 Credits)
PHYS241 Modern Physics (3 Credits)
Soft Core Course (3 Credits)

Semester 5 (18 Credits)

CHEM310 Chemistry Laboratory 5 (3 Credits)
CHEM311: Inorganic Chemistry II (4 Credits)
CHEM312 Organic Chemistry II Functional Group Transformation (4 Credits)
CHEM313 Equilibrium Thermodynamics (4 Credits)
Soft Core Course (3 Credits)

Semester 6 (18 Credits)

CHEM320 Chemistry Laboratory 6 (3 Credits)
CHEM321 Inorganic Chemistry III (4 Credits)
CHEM322 Organic Chemistry III Bioorganic Chemistry (4 Credits)
CHEM323 Chemical Kinetics (4 Credits)
Soft Core Course (3 Credits)

Semester 7 (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 8 (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 9 (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 10 (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