Graduate Programs




Master of Science in Chemistry

Program Specification


  1. Awarding Institution - De La Salle University

  2. College/School - College of Science

  3. Name of Final Award - Master of Science in Chemistry

  4. Program Title - Master of Science in Chemistry

  5. Program Overview
  6. The Master of Science in Chemistry program aims to provide students with an extensive grounding in chemical concepts and training in chemical techniques at the graduate level, to update them on recent developments in chemistry, and to encourage independent experimental work.


  7. Expected Learning Outcomes of the Program (PO)
  8. ELGA 1: Creative and Critical Thinker
    PO1: Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of pertinent areas of chemistry related to their field of interest.
    PO2: Exhibit an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles and applications of the various instrumentation, techniques and/or software critical to their research projects.
    PO3: Properly collect, analyse, assess, and evaluate the data gathered in their experiments to make logical, reasonable, and valid scientific arguments.
    ELGA2: Effective Communicator
    PO4: Effectively communicate the fundamental aspects of their field of interest as well as their research ideas and experimental results, both in oral and written form,
    ELGA3: Reflective Life-long Learner
    PO5: Work efficiently in a highly dynamic, multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment
    PO6: Acquire sufficient skills and competencies needed to embark on a professional career or further graduate studies
    ELGA4: Service-driven Citizen
    PO7: Always conduct themselves ethically and responsibly in the pursuit of their scientific and professional objective

  9. Program Structure
  10. Course Requirements
    Core/Major Courses 18 units
    Cognate/Elective Courses 9 units
    Graduate Seminar 3 units
    Directed Research 0 Unit
    Thesis 6 units
    Comprehensive Examination 0 unit
    Total 36 units

    N.B.: Course requirements for the DLSU-CPU CHED Offshore program is identical as in the list above, the only difference is that the course works will be given in CPU in Iloilo City.

    Major Courses
    CHM603M Structural Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry
    CHM621M Advanced Analytical Techniques in Chemistry Lecture
    CHM622M Advanced Analytical Techniques in Chemistry Laboratory
    CHM643M Organic Reactions and Mechanisms
    CHM644M Organic Reactions Laboratory
    CHM662M Advanced Physical Chemistry
    CHM683M Advanced Biochemistry

    Electives
    Depending on the thesis topic, field of specialization, or interest, a student chooses the corresponding elective subjects offered during a specific term. The elective subjects to be offered will depend on the availability of the appropriate faculty as well on whether the subject has been offered recently. The Department will ensure that these subjects will be as varied as possible.

    Comprehensive Examinations
    Students can take the written comprehensive examination (WCE) after successfully passing ALL core/major courses. There exams will be in Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Biochemistry.

    Thesis
    Thesis writing can only be enrolled once a student passes all five comprehensive examinations. Enrollment in thesis is required for proposal and final defense.


  11. Admission requirements
    1. Compliance with the admission requirements of the University;
    2. A BS Chemistry graduate who has taken at least 34 units of chemistry, 5 units of physics, and 5 units of calculus.
    3. Satisfactory test results on the entrance examination administered by the Admissions Office as well as pass the proficiency exam in the five areas of Chemistry namely Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry.

    Admission of applicants from allied fields is subject to the approval of the Chemistry Graduate Committee. These students may also be required to take refresher and/or bridging courses.


  12. Flow Chart
  13. Year 1

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Fundamentals of Research and Seminar
    (CHM900M, 3 units)

    Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    ( CHM621M, 3 units)

    Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    ( CHM622M, 1 unit)

    Elective 1
    (3 units)
    Advanced Technical Reading and Writing 1
    (ENG501M, 3 units)

    Advanced Physical Chemistry
    (CHM662M, 3 units)

    Organic Reactions and Mechanism
    (CHM643M, 3 units)

    Elective 2
    (3 units)
    Structural Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry
    (CHM603M, 3 Units)

    Organic Reactions Laboratory, (CHM644M, 2 Units)

    Advanced Biochemistry
    (CHM683M, 3 units)

    Elective 3
    (3 units)
    Total Units: 10 Total Units: 9 + (3) Total Units: 11

    Year 2

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Comprehensive Examination
    (0 Unit)

    Directed Research with laboratory, CHM902, 0 unit
    Chemistry Thesis 1
    (CHM876M, 6 Units)

    Thesis proposal Defense
    Chemistry Thesis 2
    (CHM877M, 0 Unit)
    Total Units: 0 Total Units: 6 Total Units: 0

    Year 3

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Chemistry Thesis 3
    (CHM878M, 0 Units)

    Thesis Final defense
    Total Units: 0

    N.B. This flowchart is ideal for full-time students entering the program on the 1st term of the academic year without the need for any bridging and/or refresher courses. Whether or not a student will take remedial English course (ENG501M) depends on the evaluation of the essay component of his/her entrance exam results.


    Flowchart for the DLSU-CPU CHED Offshore Program


    Year 1

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Bridging courses
    Structural Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry
    (CHM603M, 3 Units)

    Organic Reactions & Mechanism (CHM643M, 3 units)
    Advanced Physical Chemistry
    (CHM662M, 3 units)

    Elective 1
    (3 units)
    CPU
    CPU
    CPU
    Total units: 0 unit Total units: 6 unit Total units: 6 unit

    Year 2

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    ( CHM621M, 3 units)

    Elective 2
    (3 units)
    Advanced Biochemistry
    (CHM683M, 3 units)

    Fundamentals of Research and Seminar
    (CHM900M, 3 units)
    Advanced Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    ( CHM622M, 1 unit)

    Organic Reactions Laboratory,
    (CHM644M, 2 Units)

    Directed Research with
    laboratory, CHM902, 0 unit
    CPU
    CPU
    DLSU
    Total Units: 6 Units Total Units: 6 Units Total Units: 3 Units

    Year 3

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Elective 3
    (3 units)

    Comprehensive Examination
    (0 Unit)
    Chemistry Thesis 1
    (CHM876M, 6 Units)

    Thesis Proposal Defense
    Chemistry Thesis 2
    (CHM877M, 0 Unit)
    CPU
    Total Units: 3 Units Total Units: 6 Units

    Year 4

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Chemistry Thesis 1
    (CHM878M, 0 Unit)

    Thesis Final Defense
    Total Units: 0 Unit

    N.B. This flowchart was specifically designed for part-time students accepted into the offshore program where all course works will be given in the campus of the Central Philippine University (CPU) located in Iloilo City.


  14. Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Strategies
  15. Lecture and laboratory classes in this program are held regularly, every week, during the trimester. Furthermore, seminars and research presentation of faculty members, students and/or experts from outside the University are also scheduled and details are disseminated ahead of time. These seminars are given so that the graduate students remain up-to-date with current advances in the chemical sciences and allied fields.

    Student learning activities both in the lecture and laboratory classes are designed for adult learners and maximize the learning opportunity. These activities include, but not limited to, presentation of recent journal articles, problem sets and group discussions, and the design of own experimental methods to address a particular problem. Tools for assessment employed by the faculty include examinations, written reports, oral presentations, and discussion during seminars and presentations.

    Before a student is allowed to enroll in his/her thesis course, he/she must first pass the written comprehensive examination (WCE) in the five areas of Chemistry, namely, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Biochemistry. (Kindly refer to the WCE policies in the latter part of this catalogue)

    For the master’s thesis, the students are exposed early on in their program regarding the expertise and research interests of each faculty member to help them in their decision of choosing the right thesis adviser. As soon as the student and the corresponding faculty have agreed, the student can start working on his/her original research project under the adviser’s expert supervision and guidance. As a final requirement and testament to the quality of research done, the student is required to submit his/her research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Although acceptance of the paper for publication is not required, it is highly desired.


  16. Date the program specification was written or revised: August 19, 2015
  17. Curriculum Map: MS-CHEM

    N.B. Students admitted into the DLSU-CPU CHED Offshore Program will take identical courses as shown in the table above.



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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

Program Specification


  1. Awarding Institution - De La Salle University

  2. College/School - College of Science

  3. Name of Final Award - Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

  4. Program Title - Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

  5. Program Overview
  6. The Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry Degree at De La Salle University is designed to provide advanced study and research in Chemistry. The program was initially offered in consortium with the University of the Philippines in Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University. The Ph. D. degree in Chemistry is earned by those able to demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge of the facts and theories of chemistry and the ability to conduct independent chemical research as evidenced by the acceptance of a doctoral dissertation.


  7. Expected Learning Outcomes of the Program (PO)
  8. ELGA 1: Creative and Critical Thinker
    PO1: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of chemistry necessary to understand and critically evaluate current research in their field of interest.
    PO2: Exhibit an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles and applications of the various instrumentation, techniques and/or software critical to their research projects.
    PO3: Properly collect, analyse, assess, and evaluate the data gathered in their experiments to make logical, reasonable, and valid scientific arguments.
    ELGA2: Effective Communicator
    PO4: Effectively communicate the fundamental aspects of their field of interest as well as their research ideas and experimental results, both in oral and written form, particularly by publication in highly-respected international peer-reviewed journals
    ELGA3: Reflective Life-long Learner
    PO5: Work efficiently in a highly dynamic, multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment
    PO6: Identify new research possibilities, develop, and conduct independent research towards the realization of these opportunities with the goal of contributing new and original knowledge related to their field of interest
    ELGA4: Service-driven Citizen
    PO7: Always conduct themselves ethically and responsibly in the pursuit of their scientific and professional objective

  9. Program Structure
  10. Course Requirements
    Cognate/Elective Courses 12 units
    Graduate Seminar 4 units
    Directed Research 0 Unit
    Dissertation 12 units
    Comprehensive Examinations 0 unit
    Candidacy Examination 0 unit
    Total 28 units

    PhD students must have complete all five graduate level core courses on Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Biochemistry. The minimum number of units for each course is three (3).

    Electives
    Depending on the thesis topic, field of specialization, or interest, a student chooses the corresponding elective subjects offered during a specific term. The elective subjects to be offered will depend on the availability of the appropriate faculty as well on whether the subject has been offered recently. The Department will ensure that these subjects will be as varied as possible.

    Graduate Seminar
    Students take four (4) seminar courses, each corresponding to one unit, over a 4-term schedule, i.e. one seminar class per term. These courses must be enrolled with different faculty members, i.e. different specializations, and students are required to deliver a journal presentation, which is open to the public, and attend at least three (3) other seminars inside our outside of the University. In addition, he/she is required to attend the seminars given by other Chemistry graduate students.

    Comprehensive Examinations
    Students can take these exams upon successful completion of all elective and seminar courses. There will be three (3) written exams on special topics within the student’s field of specialization and one (1) oral exam on the student’s main specialization.

    Candidacy Examination
    This may only be enrolled upon passing all four comprehensive examinations. Candidacy examination is a research proposal on a topic not related to the student’s field of specialization and defended before a panel of three (3) members. This is open to the public.

    Dissertation Enrollment in dissertation is required for proposal and final defense. This can be enrolled after passing all four comprehensive examinations, but the dissertation can only be defended after passing the candidacy examination.


  11. Admission requirements
    1. Compliance with the admission requirements of the University;
    2. Satisfactory test results on the entrance examination administered by the Admissions Office as well as pass the proficiency exam in the five areas of Chemistry namely Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Refresher course/s may be required depending on the results on the exams.

  12. Flow Chart
  13. Year 1

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Advanced Technical Reading and Writing 1
    (ENG501M, 3 units)

    Elective 1
    (3 units)

    Elective 2
    (3 units)

    Seminar 1
    (CHM931D, 1 unit)

    Refresher courses (if needed)
    Elective 3
    (3 units)

    Elective 4
    (3 units)

    Seminar 2
    (CHM932D, 1 unit)

    Directed Research
    Seminar 3
    (CHM933D, 1 unit)

    Directed Research
    Total Units: 7 + (3) Total Units: 7 Total Units: 1

    Year 2

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Seminar 4
    (CHM934D, 1 unit)

    Directed Research
    Comprehensive Examinations
    (3 written, 1 oral)
    Candidacy Examination
    Total Units: 1 Total Units: 0 Total Units: 0

    Year 3

    Term 1
    Term 2
    Term 3
    Chemistry Dissertation
    (CHM971D, 12 Units)

    Dissertation Proposal Defense
    Chemistry Dissertation
    (CHM972D, 0 Unit)
    Chemistry Dissertation
    (CHM973D, 0 Unit)

    Dissertation Final Defense
    Total Units: 12

    N.B. This flowchart is ideal for full-time students entering the program on the 1st term of the academic year without the need for any bridging and/or refresher courses. Whether or not a student will take remedial English course (ENG501M) depends on the evaluation of the essay component of his/her entrance exam results.


  14. Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Strategies
  15. Lecture classes in this program are held regularly, every week, during the trimester. Furthermore, seminars and research presentation of faculty members, students and/or experts from outside the University are also scheduled and details are disseminated ahead of time. These seminars are given so that the graduate students remain up-to-date with current advances in the chemical sciences and allied fields.

    Student learning activities are designed for adult learners and maximize the learning opportunity. These activities include, but not limited to, presentation of recent journal articles, problem sets and group discussions, and the design of own experimental methods to address a particular problem. Tools for assessment employed by the faculty include examinations, written reports, oral presentations, and discussion during seminars and presentations.

    Before a student is allowed to enroll in his/her thesis course, he/she must first pass the written (WCE) and oral (OCE) comprehensive examinations. (Kindly refer to the WCE and OCE policies in the latter part of this catalogue). In addition, he/she must pass the candidacy examination prior to defending his/her dissertation.

    For the dissertation, the students are exposed early on in their program regarding the expertise and research interests of each faculty member to help them in their decision of choosing the right thesis adviser. As soon as the student and the corresponding faculty have agreed, the student can start working on his/her original research project under the adviser’s expert supervision and guidance. As a final requirement and testament to the quality of research done, the student is required to have his/her research accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


  16. Date the program specification was written or revised: August 19, 2015
  17. Curriculum Map: PHD-CHY



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Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Straight Program)


Program Specification

  1. Awarding Institution - De La Salle University

  2. College/School - College of Science

  3. Name of Final Award - Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

  4. Program Title - Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (Straight Program)

  5. Program Overview
  6. The Straight Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry Degree at De La Salle University is designed to provide advanced study and research in Chemistry that adheres to the standards provided by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The straight program is intended for applicants with high aptitude for chemistry and who have demonstrated outstanding research capabilities backed up by research experience.


    Objectives of the Program

    To raise the standard of chemistry research and capabilities in the Philippines to levels comparable to, if not better than, international standards.

    To develop and increase competent manpower for the academe, research and industry


  7. Expected Learning Outcomes of the Program (PO)
  8. ELGA 1: Creative and Critical Thinker
    PO1: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of chemistry necessary to understand and critically evaluate current research in their field of interest.
    PO2: Exhibit an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles and applications of the various instrumentation, techniques and/or software critical to their research projects.
    PO3: Properly collect, analyse, assess, and evaluate the data gathered in their experiments to make logical, reasonable, and valid scientific arguments.
    ELGA2: Effective Communicator
    PO4: Effectively communicate the fundamental aspects of their field of interest as well as their research ideas and experimental results, both in oral and written form, particularly by publication in highly-respected international peer-reviewed journals
    ELGA3: Reflective Life-long Learner
    PO5: Work efficiently in a highly dynamic, multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment
    PO6: Identify new research possibilities, develop, and conduct independent research towards the realization of these opportunities with the goal of contributing new and original knowledge related to their field of interest
    ELGA4: Service-driven Citizen
    PO7: Always conduct themselves ethically and responsibly in the pursuit of their scientific and professional objective

  9. Program Structure
  10. Course Requirements
    Core/Major courses 15 units
    Cognate/Elective Courses 15 units
    Graduate Seminar 6 units
    Directed Research 0 unit
    Preparation PhD Proposal 0 unit
    Dissertation 12 units
    Qualifying Examination 0 unit
    Comprehensive Examinations 0 unit
    Candidacy Examination 0 unit
    Total 48 units

    This program is designed for highly qualified students possessing a BS Chemistry degree, although students currently in the MS program may be accepted subject to meeting certain requirements.

    Major Courses
    CHM603D Structural Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry
    CHM621P Advanced Analytical Techniques in Chemistry Lecture
    CHM643D Organic Reactions and Mechanisms
    CHM662D Advanced Physical Chemistry
    CHM683D Advanced Biochemistry

    Electives
    Depending on the thesis topic, field of specialization, or interest, a student chooses the corresponding elective subjects offered during a specific term. The elective subjects to be offered will depend on the availability of the appropriate faculty as well on whether the subject has been offered recently. The Department will ensure that these subjects will be as varied as possible.

    Graduate Seminar
    Students take six (6) seminar courses, each corresponding to one unit. A maximum of two (2) seminar courses may be taken per term. These courses must be enrolled with different faculty members, i.e. different specializations, and must cover the five major areas of Chemistry. Students are required to deliver a journal presentation, which is open to the public, and attend other seminars inside our outside of the University. In addition, he/she is required to attend the seminars given by other Chemistry graduate students.

    Qualifying Examinations
    These examinations cover the five (5) major fields of Chemistry: Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Biochemistry. BS Chemistry entrants can take these after successfully completing all core courses. These exams are comparable to the MS-level comprehensive examinations.

    Comprehensive Examinations
    Students can take these exams upon successful completion of all elective and seminar courses. There will be three (3) written exams on special topics within the student’s field of specialization and one (1) oral exam on the student’s main specialization.

    Candidacy Examination
    This may only be enrolled upon passing all four comprehensive examinations. Candidacy examination is a research proposal on a topic not related to the student’s field of specialization and defended before a panel of three (3) members. This is open to the public.

    Dissertation
    Enrollment in dissertation is required for proposal and final defense. This can be enrolled after passing all four comprehensive examinations, but the dissertation can only be defended after passing the candidacy examination.


  11. Admission requirements
  12. BS Entrants (Straight Program)

    1. Compliance with the admission requirements of the University;
    2. Exemplary record in BS Chemistry or allied field and preferably have research experience;
    3. Have completed 60 units of chemistry courses and obtained an average grade in chemistry not lower than 87%;
    4. Satisfactory test results on the entrance examination administered by the Admissions Office as well as pass the proficiency exam in the five areas of Chemistry namely Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry.
    5. Be a full time student.

    MS Entrants (Ladder Program)

    1. A student from the DLSU MS Chemistry Program may be upgraded to the Straight PhD Program if
      1. He/she has passed the comprehensive examination in all required fields but has not defended an MS Chemistry thesis and
      2. His/her CGPA in MS Chemistry courses is not lower than 3.0.

    2. An MS Chemistry student who has not taken the comprehensive examination but has completed all courses in the DLSU MS Chemistry Program may also be upgraded to the straight PhD Chemistry Program provided that
      1. He/she passes the qualifying examination for the straight PhD Program in five fields of chemistry and
      2. His/her CGPA in MS Chemistry courses is not lower than 3.0

    3. An applicant who finished a Master in Chemistry (Non-Thesis / NTMChem) degree may be accepted into the straight PHD program if
      1. He/she has exceptional academic record and/or research experience; he/she is required to take the proficiency exams in all 5 fields (BS level).
      2. He/she passes the CGPC assessment. The Chemistry Graduate Program Committee should also evaluate the academic records of an applicant whose exceptional qualification may not be covered in the “Guidelines and Policies for the Straight PhD Chemistry Program”.


  13. Flow Chart
  14. BS Entrants

    Year 1

    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
    Remedial English
    Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    (Core Course, 3 Units)

    Advanced Biochemistry
    (Core course, 3 Units)

    Elective 1 (3 Units)
    Seminar 1 (1 Unit)

    Proposal Preparation (0 Unit)
    Advanced Physical Chemistry
    (Core Course, 3 Units)

    Advanced Organic Chemistry
    (Core course , 3 Units)

    Elective 2 (3 Units)

    Seminar 2 (1 Unit)

    Directed Research 1 (0 Unit)
    Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    ( Core Course , (3 Units)

    Elective 3 (3 Units)

    Elective 4 (3 Units)

    Seminar 3 (1 Unit)

    Directed Research 2 (0 Unit)
    TOTAL: 10 Units TOTAL: 10 Units TOTAL: 10 Units

    Year 2

    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
    Elective 5 (3 Units)

    Seminar 4 (1 Unit)

    Qualifying Examination (0 Unit)

    Directed Research 3 (0 Unit)
    Seminar 5 (1 Unit)

    Seminar 6 (1 Unit)

    Directed Research 4 (0 Unit)
    Directed Research 5 (0 Unit)

    Comprehensive Examination
    (0 Unit)
    TOTAL: 4 Units TOTAL: 2 Units TOTAL: 0 Units

    Year 3

    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
    Dissertation 1 (12 Units) Dissertation 2 (0 Unit) Dissertation 3 (0 Unit)

    Candidacy Examination (0 Unit)

    Final Oral Defense (0 Unit)
    TOTAL: 12 Units TOTAL: 0 Units TOTAL: 0 Units

    MS Entrants

    Year 1

    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
    Remedial English
    Elective 1 (3 Units)

    Elective 2 (3 Units)

    Seminar 1 (1 Unit)

    Seminar 2 (1 Unit)

    Proposal Preparation (0 Unit)

    Directed Research 1 (0 Unit)
    Elective 3 (3 Units)

    Elective 4 (3 Units)

    Seminar 3 (1 Unit)

    Seminar 4 (1 Unit)

    Directed Research 2 (0 Unit)
    Elective 5 (3 Units)

    Seminar 5 (1 Unit)

    Seminar 6 (1 Unit)

    Directed Research 3 (0 Unit)
    TOTAL: 7 Units TOTAL: 7 Units TOTAL: 5 Units

    Year 2

    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
    Directed Research 4 (0 Unit)

    Comprehensive Examination
    (0 Unit)
    Dissertation 1
    (12 Units)
    Dissertation 2
    (0 Units)
    TOTAL: 4 Units TOTAL: 0 Units TOTAL: 12 Units

    Year 3

    Term 1
    Dissertation 3 (0 Unit)

    Candidacy Exam

    Final Oral Defense (0 Unit)
    TOTAL: 0 Unit

  15. Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Strategies
  16. Lecture classes in this program are held regularly, every week, during the trimester. Furthermore, seminars and research presentation of faculty members, students and/or experts from outside the University are also scheduled and details are disseminated ahead of time. These seminars are given so that the graduate students remain up-to-date with current advances in the chemical sciences and allied fields.

    Student learning activities are designed for adult learners and maximize the learning opportunity. These activities include, but not limited to, presentation of recent journal articles, problem sets and group discussions, and the design of own experimental methods to address a particular problem. Tools for assessment employed by the faculty include examinations, written reports, oral presentations, and discussion during seminars and presentations.

    Before a student is allowed to enroll in his/her thesis course, he/she must first pass the written (WCE) and oral (OCE) comprehensive examinations. (Kindly refer to the WCE and OCE policies in the latter part of this catalogue). In addition, he/she must pass the candidacy examination prior to defending his/her dissertation.

    For the dissertation, the students are exposed early on in their program regarding the expertise and research interests of each faculty member to help them in their decision of choosing the right thesis adviser. As soon as the student and the corresponding faculty have agreed, the student can start working on his/her original research project under the adviser’s expert supervision and guidance. As a final requirement and testament to the quality of research done, the student is required to have his/her research accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


  17. Date the program specification was written or revised: August 19, 2015


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Double Degree Program for PhD

Program Specification


  1. Awarding Institution - De La Salle University/Osaka University

  2. College/School - College of Science/Graduate School of Science

  3. Name of Final Award - Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

  4. Program Title - Double Degree Program for PhD

  5. Program Overview
  6. Following successful academic exchanges, the College of Science, De La Salle University (DLSU), Philippines and the Graduate School of Science, Osaka University (OU), Japan, agreed to jointly develop and implement a Double Degree Program (DDP).

    The Double Degree Program is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to obtain simultaneously two PhD degrees (each granted by one university) after accomplishing study and research at both universities and successfully fulfilling the requirements of each institution. Research is meant to be guided by the supervisors at the two universities.

    As stipulated in a Memorandum of Agreement on the DDP signed by the respective deans on 3 July 2015 in Osaka University, a student participating in the DDP first enrolls in the “sending university” during the first home period. Subsequently, the student enrolls in the “receiving university” and studies there for at least one year to fulfill conditions for acquiring his/her degree in the receiving university during the exchange period. During the second home period the student returns to the sending university to fulfill conditions for acquiring his/her degree. Research shall be conducted as a collaboration between the student’s supervisors at DLSU and OU and review of research achievements for granting degrees shall be conducted on the basis of the criteria at each university. When the conditions for acquiring degrees at both universities are fulfilled, the DDP of the student is completed and one PhD degree is granted by each university.


    Objectives of the Program

    To raise the standard of chemistry research and capabilities in the Philippines to levels comparable to, if not better than, international standards.

    To develop and increase competent manpower for the academe, research and industry


  7. Expected Learning Outcomes of the Program (PO)
  8. ELGA 1: Creative and Critical Thinker
    PO1: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of chemistry necessary to understand and critically evaluate current research in their field of interest.
    PO2: Exhibit an in-depth understanding of the underlying principles and applications of the various instrumentation, techniques and/or software critical to their research projects.
    PO3: Properly collect, analyse, assess, and evaluate the data gathered in their experiments to make logical, reasonable, and valid scientific arguments.
    ELGA2: Effective Communicator
    PO4: Effectively communicate the fundamental aspects of their field of interest as well as their research ideas and experimental results, both in oral and written form, particularly by publication in highly-respected international peer-reviewed journals
    ELGA3: Reflective Life-long Learner
    PO5: Work efficiently in a highly dynamic, multi-cultural and interdisciplinary environment
    PO6: Identify new research possibilities, develop, and conduct independent research towards the realization of these opportunities with the goal of contributing new and original knowledge related to their field of interest
    ELGA4: Service-driven Citizen
    PO7: Always conduct themselves ethically and responsibly in the pursuit of their scientific and professional objective

  9. Program Structure
  10. Course Requirements (DLSU)
    Elective Courses 12 units
    Graduate Seminar 4 units
    Directed Research 0 unit
    Dissertation 12 units
    Comprehensive Examinations 0 unit
    Candidacy Examination 0 unit
    Total 28 units
    Course Requirements (OU)
    Course work 2 credits
    Research work 9 credits
    Total 11 credits

    Electives
    Depending on the thesis topic, field of specialization, or interest, a student chooses the corresponding elective subjects offered during a specific term. The elective subjects to be offered will depend on the availability of the appropriate faculty as well on whether the subject has been offered recently. The Department will ensure that these subjects will be as varied as possible.

    Graduate Seminar
    Students take four (4) seminar courses, each corresponding to one unit. These courses must be enrolled with different faculty members, i.e. different specializations, and must cover the five major areas of Chemistry. Students are required to deliver a journal presentation, which is open to the public, and attend other seminars inside our outside of the University. In addition, he/she is required to attend the seminars given by other Chemistry graduate students.

    Comprehensive Examinations
    Students can take these exams upon successful completion of all elective and seminar courses. There will be three (3) written exams on special topics within the student’s field of specialization and one (1) oral exam on the student’s main specialization.

    Candidacy Examination
    This may only be enrolled upon passing all four comprehensive examinations. Candidacy examination is a research proposal on a topic not related to the student’s field of specialization and defended before a panel of three (3) members. This is open to the public.

    Dissertation
    Enrollment in dissertation is required for proposal and final defense. This can be enrolled after passing all four comprehensive examinations, but the dissertation can only be defended after passing the candidacy examination.


  11. Admission requirements
    1. Compliance with the admission requirements of the University;
    2. Satisfactory test results on the entrance examination administered by the Admissions Office as well as pass the proficiency exam in the five areas of Chemistry namely Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Refresher course/s may be required depending on the results on the exams.

  12. Flow Chart
  13. Year 1

    Term 1 (DLSU) Term 2 (DLSU) Term 3 (DLSU)
    Elective 1 (3 Units)

    Elective 2 (3 Units )

    Seminar 1 (1 Unit)

    Seminar 2 (1 unit)

    Proposal Preparation (0 Unit)
    Elective 3 (3 Units)

    Elective 4 (3 Units)

    Seminar 3 (1 Unit)

    Seminar 4 (1 Unit)

    Directed Research 1
    (0 Unit)
    Comprehensive Examination
    (0 Unit)

    Directed Research 2 (0 Unit)
    TOTAL: 8 Units TOTAL: 8 Units TOTAL: 0 Units

    Year 2

    Term 1 (OU) Term 2 (OU) Term 3 (OU)
    Research work

    Course Work
    Research work Research work

    Pre-final defense (OU)
    TOTAL: 5 credits TOTAL: 3 credits TOTAL: 3 credits

    Year 3

    Term 1 (DLSU) Term 2 (DLSU) Term 3 (DLSU)
    Dissertation 1 (12 Units)

    Proposal Defense (0 unit)
    Dissertation 2 (0 Unit)

    Candidacy Examination
    (0 Unit)
    Dissertation 3 (0 Unit)

    Final Oral Defense (0 Unit)
    TOTAL: 12 Units TOTAL: 0 Units TOTAL: 0 Units

  14. Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Strategies
  15. Lecture classes in this program are held regularly, every week, during the trimester. Furthermore, seminars and research presentation of faculty members, students and/or experts from outside the University are also scheduled and details are disseminated ahead of time. These seminars are given so that the graduate students remain up-to-date with current advances in the chemical sciences and allied fields.

    Student learning activities are designed for adult learners and maximize the learning opportunity. These activities include, but not limited to, presentation of recent journal articles, problem sets and group discussions, and the design of own experimental methods to address a particular problem. Tools for assessment employed by the faculty include examinations, written reports, oral presentations, and discussion during seminars and presentations.

    Before a student is allowed to enroll in his/her thesis course, he/she must first pass the written (WCE) and oral (OCE) comprehensive examinations. (Kindly refer to the WCE and OCE policies in the latter part of this catalogue). In addition, he/she must pass the candidacy examination prior to defending his/her dissertation.

    For the dissertation, the students are exposed early on in their program regarding the expertise and research interests of each faculty member to help them in their decision of choosing the right thesis adviser. As soon as the student and the corresponding faculty have agreed, the student can start working on his/her original research project under the adviser’s expert supervision and guidance. As a final requirement and testament to the quality of research done, the student is required to have his/her research accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.


  16. Date the program specification was written or revised: September 3, 2015
  17. Curriculum Map: Double Degree Program for PhD


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