Information for Prospective Students

The Department prepares students for the Bachelor of Applied Chemistry Honours degree through a four year programme, in which the third year is designated as an industrial attachment year.  We also offer research-based Mphil/PhD Programmes

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME

1.0 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONOURS DEGREE IN APPLIED CHEMISTRY 

REGULATIONS

  • These regulations should be read in conjunction with the Faculty of Applied Science Regulations and the General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees hereinafter referred to as General Regulations.
  • The Degree shall be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed the examinations in accordance with the Regulations set out above.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

In order to qualify for normal entry candidates must satisfy the Entry Requirement specified in the General Regulations and in so doing must also meet the following requirements:-

  1. The candidate must have obtained a PASS at 'A' level in Chemistry and EITHER Mathematics OR Physics. 
  2. Special entry: candidates who have successfully completed a National Diploma in Chemical Technology or its recognised equivalent may apply for entry into Part 1.
  3. Mature Entry: candidates who are at least 25 years of age on the first day of the academic year in which admission is sought and who are not eligible for entry under the Normal or Special Entry Regulations may apply for Mature Entry provided that:
    • Applicants must have passed at least five “O” Level subjects including English Language and Mathematics at grade “C” or better and have at least 3 years working experience in a position in which they would have been applying chemistry concepts.
DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME AND MODE OF STUDY

CONVENTIONAL
When offered on a conventional basis the BSc Honours Degree in Applied Chemistry shall follow the normal academic year as outlined in the General University regulations and the duration of study shall normally be four years

PARALLEL
When offered on a parallel basis the BSc Honours Degree in Applied Chemistry shall follow the normal academic year outlined in the General University regulations and the duration of study shall normally be four years

 

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME 
The program shall consist of thirty three taught courses plus industrial attachment and a final year project. Part III of the programme shall consist of Industrial Attachment which will culminate in the submission of an Industrial Attachment report in line with the General Regulations. In their final year students are expected to complete and pass a research project.

ASSESSMENT OF CANDIDATES

  1. For Courses with a practical component, the Practical component shall constitute 20%, Continuous assessment 20%, and examination 60% of the overall mark.
  2. Students must obtain an overall mark of at least 40% in the Practical component to pass the course.
  3. For Courses without a practical component, Continuous assessment shall constitute 25%, and examination 75% of the overall mark.
  4. The overall minimum pass mark in any course shall be 50% >

A candidate who fails a course will be allowed to proceed to the next part of the Degree programme whilst carrying the failed course. However, a student may be allowed to proceed carrying not more than 25% of the number of normally scheduled courses in a particular year of a programme.

The assessment of Industrial Attachment shall be in accordance with the General Academic Regulations

 

2.0 MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN APPLIED CHEMISTRY
This is a research-based degree program whose topic and content is determined by the student and the chosen supervisor.


REGULATIONS
These regulations should be read in conjunction with the Faculty of Applied Science Regulations and general academic regulations for postgraduate diplomas, masters degrees by coursework, master of philosophy degrees doctor of philosophy degrees, higher doctorate degrees

The Degree shall be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed the examinations in accordance with the Regulations set out above

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • The normal entrance requirements shall be an appropriate Honours Degree in the First or Upper Second Division.
  • An appropriate Honours Degree in the Lower Second or Third Division may be considered provided performance in the intended field of study was in the First or Upper Second Division.
  • Other qualifications may be considered by the Senate on the recommendation of the Department and Faculty concerned. Normally, for such qualifications the University shall require applicants to pass a qualifying examination to decide on their acceptability for admission


DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

Full-time : The duration of the Master of Philosophy Programmes shall be:  18 months to 3 years maximum
Part-time: The duration of the Master of Philosophy Programmes shall be : 3 years to 5 years  maximum


PROGRAMME AND STUDY OF MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY

  • Each student shall be required to pursue a prescribed programme of study under the direction of a Supervisor, who shall be a member of the academic staff of the University in the appropriate discipline. Normally, one or more Associate Supervisors will also be appointed.
  • The appointment of all Supervisors shall be made by the Senate on the recommendations of the appropriate Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.
  • The Supervisor shall report on each student’s progress every six months to the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee through the appropriate Departmental Board.
  • Students shall maintain regular contact with the supervising Department and shall be required to attend for certain periods at the University as directed by their approved Supervisor (s).
  • No break in the normal continuity of study shall be permitted, except by Permission of the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.
  • A full-time student may be engaged in limited teaching at the University.
  • A student who is employed outside the University, or a staff member employed in the University, other than on the research programme for which he/she proposes to be registered, may normally be accepted for registration only on a part-time basis.
  • If a student does not begin his/her studies for the Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy Degree within one calendar year from the date of approval, his/her registration shall lapse, and he/she will be required to re-apply to the University if he/she still desires to proceed.
  • Students may be required, as part of their Programme, to complete elements of course work to enhance their research studies, provided that such course work shall amount to not more than 25% of the minimum period allowed for the full programme.

  • The prescription of any course work element shall require the approval of the Senate on the recommendation of the Departmental Board through the Higher Degrees Committee concerned. Where such course work is prescribed, the Department concerned shall ensure that the student is informed in writing of the precise requirements for satisfactory completion of the course work for reporting in due course to the Board of Examiners.

ASSESSMENT OF CANDIDATES

The Master of Philosophy Degrees shall not be classified.

THESIS

TITLE OF THESIS
A candidate shall submit to the Faculty of Higher Degrees Committee, the title of his/ her thesis for approval by Senate at least six months before final submission of the thesis. After the title has been approved, it may not be changed except with the permission of the Senate.

SUBMISSION OF THESIS
The Supervisor and the Chairman of the Faculty of Higher Degrees Committee shall satisfy themselves that the thesis is in a form suitable for submission for examination and that, where items of course work have been set, the candidate has satisfactorily completed these items. Four copies of the thesis, in loose-bound form shall be submitted to the Deputy Registrar (Academic Affairs).

After completing the study, a student shall submit a thesis which should comply with the following conditions:

  • The greater portion of the work submitted shall have to be done by the student after registration for the degree.
  • The presentation of the thesis shall be of an acceptably high standard.
  • A Master of Philosophy thesis shall provide evidence that the candidate has mastered relevant research techniques, has shown scholarship, has developed a capacity for criticism of his/her own and other work, and has widened his/her knowledge and understanding of literature of his field of study.
  • The length of the thesis shall normally be established in consultation with the Supervisor and the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.
  • The thesis shall be written in English.
  • The literary form of the thesis shall be satisfactory.
  • The thesis shall consist of the candidate’s own account of his/her research.
  • The thesis may describe work done in conjunction with the candidate’s Supervisor(s) may be accepted as a thesis, or part of a thesis, in certain circumstances, provided the candidate’s share is clearly certified.
  • Work already published, including that published in joint names, may be included only if it forms an integral part of the thesis. A series of publications alone shall not be acceptable as a thesis.
  • An abstract of the thesis, in single spacing form, not exceeding one page shall be incorporated as part of the preface to the thesis.

A candidate shall not be permitted to submit as his/her thesis, a thesis which had been submitted to another university. However, a candidate shall not be precluded from incorporating work which he/she shall indicate on his/her thesis for entry to the examination and also in his/her thesis, any work which has been so incorporated.

 

The format of the thesis submitted for examination shall be as follows:

Typed, or printed, double-spacing form or reproduced there from, (except for the abstract which shall be in single-spacing form) in the following format:-

Size of paper:
International A4: (210 mm x 297 mm). No restriction shall be placed on the drawing of maps. There shall be a margin of 40 mm on the left-hand side of the page, to allow for binding, a margin of 10 mm on the right-hand side and a margin of 20 mm at the top and at the bottom of the page.


A candidate may submit as subsidiary matter in support of his/her candidature, any publications or contributions to the advancement of his/ her subject which he/she may have published independently or jointly. In the event of a candidate submitting such subsidiary matter, he/she shall be required to state fully his/her own share in any joint work. Where there is a substantial computing content in the thesis, a machine readable copy of the source programme shall be submitted together with the copies of the thesis.
After the completion of the examination process, a candidate shall submit four copies of the successful thesis which shall be bound in accordance with University Regulations.

 

3.0 DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN APPLIED CHEMISTRY
This is a research-based degree program whose topic and content is determined by the student and the chosen supervisor.

REGULATIONS
These regulations should be read in conjunction with the Faculty of Applied Science Regulations and general academic regulations for postgraduate diplomas, masters degrees by coursework, master of philosophy degrees doctor of philosophy degrees, higher doctorate degrees.

The Degree shall be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the programme and passed the examinations in accordance with the Regulations set out above

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

The normal entrance requirement shall be an appropriate Masters Degree

DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

Full-time : The duration of the Master of Philosophy Programmes shall be:  3 years, 5 years maximum
Part-time: The duration of the Master of Philosophy Programmes shall be : 5 years, 8 years maximum

PROGRAMME AND STUDY OF MASTER OF DOCTOR PHILOSOPHY

  • Each student shall be required to pursue a prescribed programme of study under the direction of a Supervisor, who shall be a member of the academic staff of the University in the appropriate discipline. Normally, one or more Associate Supervisors will also be appointed.
  • The appointment of all Supervisors shall be made by the Senate on the recommendations of the appropriate Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.
  • The Supervisor shall report on each student’s progress every six months to the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee through the appropriate Departmental Board.
  • Students shall maintain regular contact with the supervising Department and shall be required to attend for certain periods at the University as directed by their approved Supervisor(s).
  • No break in the normal continuity of study shall be permitted, except by Permission of the Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.
  • A full-time student may be engaged in limited teaching at the University.
  • A student who is employed outside the University, or a staff member employed in the University, other than on the research programme for which he/she proposes to be registered, may normally be accepted for registration only on a part-time basis.
  • If a student does not begin his/her studies for the Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy Degree within one calendar year from the date of approval, his/her registration shall lapse, and he/she will be required to re-apply to the University if he/she still desires to proceed.
  • Students may be required, as part of their Programme, to complete elements of course work to enhance their research studies, provided that such course work shall amount to not more than 25% of the minimum period allowed for the full programme.

The prescription of any course work element shall require the approval of the Senate on the recommendation of the Departmental Board through the Higher Degrees Committee concerned. Where such course work is prescribed, the Department concerned shall ensure that the student is informed in writing of the precise requirements for satisfactory completion of the course work for reporting in due course to the Board of Examiners.

ASSESSMENT OF CANDIDATES

The Doctor of Philosophy Degrees shall not be classified.

THESIS

TITLE OF THESIS
A candidate shall submit to the Faculty of Higher Degrees Committee, the title of his/ her thesis for approval by Senate at least six months before final submission of the thesis. After the title has been approved, it may not be changed except with the permission of the Senate.

SUBMISSION OF THESIS
The Supervisor and the Chairman of the Faculty of Higher Degrees Committee shall satisfy themselves that the thesis is in a form suitable for submission for examination and that, where items of course work have been set, the candidate has satisfactorily completed these items. Four copies of the thesis, in loose-bound form shall be submitted to the Deputy Registrar (Academic Affairs).

After completing the study, a student shall submit a thesis which should comply with the following conditions:

  • The greater portion of the work submitted shall have to be done by the student after registration for the degree. 3.5.2.2 The presentation of the thesis shall be of an acceptably high standard.
  • A Doctor of Philosophy thesis shall provide evidence that the candidate has mastered relevant research techniques, has shown scholarship, has developed a capacity for criticism of his/her own and other work, and has widened his/her knowledge and understanding of literature of his field of study.
  • The length of the thesis shall normally be established in consultation with the Supervisor and the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.
  • The thesis shall be written in English.
  • The literary form of the thesis shall be satisfactory.
  • The thesis shall consist of the candidate’s own account of his/her research.
  • The thesis may describe work done in conjunction with the candidate’s Supervisor(s), and include material obtained or produced with technical or other assistance, provided that the candidate shall state clearly his/her personal share in the investigation and specifically acknowledge all such assistance. This statement shall be certified by his/her Supervisor and bound as part of the preface of the thesis. Work done jointly with persons other than the candidate’s Supervisor(s) may be accepted as a thesis, or part of a thesis, in certain circumstances, provided the candidate’s share is clearly certified.
  • Work already published, including that published in joint names, may be included only if it forms an integral part of the thesis. A series of publications alone shall not be acceptable as a thesis.
  • An abstract of the thesis, in single spacing form, not exceeding one page shall be incorporated as part of the preface to the thesis.

A candidate shall not be permitted to submit as his/her thesis, a thesis which had been submitted to another university. However, a candidate shall not be precluded from incorporating work which he/she shall indicate on his/her thesis for entry to the examination and also in his/her thesis, any work which has been so incorporated.

The format of the thesis submitted for examination shall be as follows:
Typed, or printed, double-spacing form or reproduced therefrom, (except for the abstract which shall be in single-spacing form) in the following format:-

Size of paper:
International A4: (210 mm x 297 mm). No restriction shall be placed on the drawing of maps. There shall be a margin of 40 mm on the left-hand side of the page, to allow for binding, a margin of 10 mm on the right-hand side and a margin of 20 mm at the top and at the bottom of the page.


A candidate may submit as subsidiary matter in support of his/her candidature, any publications or contributions to the advancement of his/ her subject which he/she may have published independently or jointly. In the event of a candidate submitting such subsidiary matter, he/she shall be required to state fully his/her own share in any joint work. Where there is a substantial computing content in the thesis, a machine readable copy of the source programme shall be submitted together with the copies of the thesis.

After the completion of the examination process, a candidate shall submit four copies of the successful thesis which shall be bound in accordance with University Regulations.