M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry

General

Program Description

About Chemistry

Chemistry deals with matter and the laws that govern its changes.

Chemical research leads to new products ranging from drugs to multicolor displays. Chemistry contributes to biotechnology, molecular biology, pharmacy, environmental and material sciences, etc., and therefore has a central place in modern science.

In contemporary society, with its ever-increasing demands for creative applications towards all branches of science and technology, chemistry responds with fascinating ideas generating and developing new areas, such as molecular electronics, self-arranging molecules, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods, superconductors, exotic molecular structures, chaotic systems, lasers, photosynthesis, and new spectroscopic methods.

About the Chemistry Department

Graduates from the Department of Chemistry continue their education with full scholarships at Bilkent University in Turkey, and at renowned universities in the United States, such as the University of California in Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, Princeton University, MIT, Texas A&M University and Rutgers University.

The department has currently 10 faculty members. It offers three degree courses: Bachelor of Science (BSc), Masters of Science (MSc), Ph.D.

The chemistry undergraduate program admits 40 talented students each year. The Department of Chemistry assumes that all students will continue their education in Master and Ph.D. programs.

Our goal is to train researchers according to international standards to become the chemists of the future. A strong background in physics and mathematics is the prerequisite to studying the structure of matter at the molecular level. Undergraduate students take fundamental physics and mathematics courses in their first two years and quantum physics in their third year. Computer use is an integral part of all undergraduate courses.

Beginning with the second year, students take Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. These courses utilize computers, modern laboratories, and innovative educational techniques A summer internship at the end of the third year assists students in gaining valuable industrial experience. Similarly, a senior project during both semesters of the fourth year prepares students for a research environment. Technical and/or non-technical electives are available for students beginning in the second year.

Graduate Programs

The graduate programs are tailored to build on the fundamentals to supply the students with the theoretical and practical skills in addition to pursuing original cutting-edge research throughout. Current areas of research include both theoretical and experimental aspects of surface science, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and advanced material science.

Master of Science in Chemistry

Admission: All applicants are required to have a B.S. degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or in a related field of science or engineering. Students with a B.S. degree in areas other than chemistry may be requested to take several undergraduate courses in the field to acquire the necessary background. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: In addition to at least 21 credit units of course work, the M.S. degree candidate must prepare and successfully defend a thesis. The expected duration to complete the M.S. program is four semesters; the maximum duration is six semesters.

Curriculum

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The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

CHEM Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX CHEM coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Science.

Graduate Elective or Undergraduate Elective Courses: All 3XX or higher-level CHEM, CS, EEE, IE, MATH, MBG, ME, MSN and PHYS coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

Admission: All applicants are required to have an M.S. degree with a thesis in chemistry, or in a related field of science or engineering. Evaluation of applicants is based on their ALES (Akademik Personel ve Lisansüstü Eğitimi Giriş Sınavı - Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Examination) scores, past academic records, reference letters, and an interview. Applicants who are not Turkish citizens and Turkish citizen applicants who are residents of another country may take GRE instead of ALES. All non-native speakers of English are required to submit a proof of satisfactory knowledge of English.

Degree Requirements: 21 credit units of course work beyond the M.S. level is required. Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying exam and then must prepare a thesis work proposal. Preparing and defending a dissertation based on original research is the essence of the program. A paper based on the candidate's thesis must be accepted or published in a reputable journal before the dissertation can be defended. The expected duration to complete the Ph.D. program is eight semesters. The maximum duration is 12 semesters.

Curriculum

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The descriptions provided here for different elective course groups are only for guidance. The complete list of courses in each elective group is given in the electronic registration system.

CHEM Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX CHEM coded courses with at least 3 credits.

Graduate Elective Courses: All 5XX or higher-level courses with at least 3 credits offered by the Graduate School of Engineering and Science.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and resear ... Read More

The Graduate School of Engineering and Science administers the graduate programs for the Faculties of Engineering and Science at Bilkent University. Our graduate school, a leading education and research institution has been developing and cultivating leaders since 1986. The Graduate School is comprised of motivated and dynamic academicians. The School provides up to date educational programs which equip students with valuable abilities and promote further study in transdisciplinary fields. The students are exposed to real-life projects and conceptual problem-solving techniques, as well as receiving traditional training in classrooms. Programs are designed to help students understand real-world circumstances, augment their cultural accumulation and contribute to the interaction between technology, science, and society. Read less