PhD (Chemistry)




Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD programmes provide broad training opportunities across the chemical sciences. In-depth programmes of study are offered in the major chemical disciplines (Organic, Physical, Inorganic, Industrial and Analytical) such as those stated below:

Research Thrust Areas

Organic Chemistry

  • Chemical Biology
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Polymer Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Molecular Modelling
  • Nanomaterials
  • Surface Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Catalysis
  • Coordination Chemistry
  • Inorganic Polymers
  • Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Organometallic Chemistry

Industrial Chemistry

  • Biopolymers and Modified Biopolymers (lignin and tannin)
  • Catalysis
  • Corrosion Chemistry and Coatings
  • Nanomaterials

Analytical Chemistry

  • Chemically Modified Electrodes
  • Environmental Electrochemistry
  • Environmental Photocatalysis
  • Mechanochemistry
  • Separation Chemistry
  • Wastewater/Water Treatment


Admission Requirements
Applicants should possess one of the following:


A Master’s degree in a related area


Language Requirement
(Results must be attached with the application form)

(Applicable for International Applicants Only)

  1. International applicants are required to have a minimum score of 550 (Paper-based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) OR
  2. A minimum score of Band 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); OR
  3. The applicants native language is English or National language; OR
  4. Applicant graduated from institutions of higher learning which use English Language as the medium of instruction.

Upon graduation, the  graduates can consider to pursue the following programmes:

  • Co-Tutelle program (between USM and UL). Under this programme
    • The research will be conducted in Malaysia and France.
    • Two Ph.Ds are awarded, upon completion of one defense.
    • The examination committee comprises of French and Malaysian experts.
  • Doctoral Double Degree Program
    • This is a unique program between Nagaoka University of Technology (Japan) and USM (Malaysia).
    • Candidate is awarded with two Ph.Ds.
    • The candidate is required to submit and defend 2 theses.
    • In terms of candidature, the student will spend 1 year in USM before spending 1.0-1.5. years in NUT, Japan and then in USM again.



PhD Full-time: Min 4 semesters / Max 10 semesters Part-time: Min 6 semesters / Max 15 semesters



Malaysian Applicants :

Total  tuition fees       RM3,350.00 (full time)

                                  RM2,775.00 (part time)

International Applicants:

Total tuition fees      USD1,250.00 (full time)

                                USD1,113.00 (part time)

Other Fees: Other Fees:

Registration fee

Convocation fee      

Thesis fee (PhD)





Registration fee

Convocation fee

Personal Bond     

Thesis fee (PhD)



USD475.00  (reimbursable)