Graduate Program

Graduate Program

The Department of Chemistry offers master’s (M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in chemistry. These degrees may be pursued either in separate tracks or in a combined M.S./Ph.D. track, which leads directly from a bachelor’s degree to the Ph.D. degree. Graduate students carry out research with one of our over twenty faculty members, who lead cutting-edge research programs in inorganic, organic, physical, theoretical and materials chemistry as well as chemical biology. While the individual research groups are centered in one of these divisions, much of the research involves two or more of these areas or interfaces with other disciplines, such as biology, biomedical sciences, materials science, and physics. State-of-the-art instrumentation is available in both the research laboratories and the UNIST Central Research Facilities (UCRF). The UCRF houses, among others, facilities for NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction (powder and single crystal), and electron microscopy.

In addition to their research, graduate students take a selection of advanced courses tailored to their research interests. A list of our current graduate courses can be found in the Courses Offered tab above. As the language of instruction at UNIST is English, all chemistry courses and seminars are given in English. Students also get involved in teaching through two semesters as teaching assistant. Support for living expenses is typically provided in form of research assistantships or fellowships.

Information about the admissions process and on how to apply to our graduate program can be found in the Prospective Students section. Questions may be directed to the departmental staff.

Students take at least two core courses from their designated research division. Some divisions offer a foundations course that students are required to take as one of their core courses. Elective courses may be any of the courses listed (from any area of chemistry).

Division Course Number Course Title Core Subject Required Usually Offered
Every Year
Usually Offered
Every 2 Years
Organic Chemistry CHM511 Advanced Organic Chemistry  O  O  O
CHM522 Supramolecular Chemistry  O
CHM535 Physical Organic Chemistry O  O
CHM521 Frontiers in Chemical Biology O  O
CHM572 Advanced Polymer Chemistry O  O
Physical Chemistry CHM531 Frontier Spectroscopy O
CHM532 Statistical Mechanics O O
CHM542 Advanced Quantum Chemistry O O
CHM643 Molecular Spectroscopy O O
CHM644 Chemical Kinetics O
CHM645 Chemical Physics O
CHM646 Molecular Physics O
CHM681 Advanced Instrumental Analysis
Inorganic Chemistry CHM561 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry O O O
CHM541 Inorganic Materials Analysis O O
CHM552 Organometallic Chemistry O O
CHM553 Bioinorganic Chemistry O O
CHM554 Solid State Chemistry O
CHM555 Crystallography O
CHM651 Inorganic Supramolecules/MOFs O
Chemical Biology CHM521 Frontiers in Chemical Biology O O O
CHM624 Advanced Protein Chemistry
CHM511 Advanced Organic Chemistry O O
CHM553 Bioinorganic Chemistry O O
Materials Chemistry CHM534 Materials for Organic Electronics O O
CHM572 Advanced Polymer Chemistry O O
CHM582 Nanochemistry O O
CHM622 Nanomedicine O
CHM682 Organic Chemistry for Materials O
CHM541 Inorganic Materials Analysis  O O