This MSc degree programme is designed in order to create candidates with an indepth understanding, of how materials behave and how chemical reactions occur. Various topics, ranging from biochemistry to materials properties to the development of quantum computers will be discussed. After going through the programme students will be able to model molecular systems prior to synthesizing that molecule in the laboratory. The programme seeks to equip students with adequate technological-know-how that will motivate them to embark on cuttingedge research. With adequate tools, which this programme will offer, students will be able to understand the mysteries such as how proteins fold into their active state, how complex nanostructures can be formed and behave, and how global phenomena such as the stratospheric ozone hole originated. With an MSc in Physical Chemistry, students will be able develop theories about properties of materials, analyze them, and also discover their potential use. For physical chemists, the common goal is to discover, test, and understand the fundamental physical characteristics of a material. Precision and attention to detail makes a physical chemist’s work similar to analytical chemistry, although physical chemistry stresses the importance of applying knowledge of physics and mathematics to develop an understanding of the material. When we understand materials it will become easier to fabricate new ones or modify the ones we already have such that we end up with cheaper, more durable and greener materials. The programme also aims to prepare students for PhD studies.
The MSc degree programme is taught using the conventional and innovative methods including lecture sessions, laboratory practicals, individual research, tutorials / group discussions, seminar presentations, field excursions, journal paper discussion/presentation, and e-learning. As much as possible, the teaching of the course is student centred, where students will play a major role in their learning process. The aim is to roll out a group of highly motivated entrepreneurs, competent industrial employees and dedicated academicians.
After completion of their studies, graduates will be able to:
- Conduct chemical engineering research using computers,
- Develop sensors for environmental pollutants, bio-agent detection and/or for medical diagnostics,
- Discover new enzymes with optimal surface interactions for pharmaceuticals,
- Develop films that allow imaging on polyester materials,
- Develop an understanding of pollutant movement in groundwater,
- Inventing new applications of quantum mechanics in areas such as quantum computing.
- Manufacture of the following materials like plastics, ceramics, catalysts, electronics, pharmaceuticals, surfactants and colloids, and personal care products.
- Work in such areas as environmental and analytical chemistry.
- Find work in the emerging fields of materials science, molecular modeling, and biosensor development, where their skills in analyzing and predicting the behavior of physical properties have exciting new applications.
- Teach Physical Chemistry at tertiary institutions.