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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Chemistry University of California, Santa Cruz


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The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department offers three graduate degrees: the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.), a thesis master of science (M.S.), and a coursework M.S. The Ph.D. and thesis M.S. programs are designed to help students develop into independent scholars while pursuing the excitement of scientific research in a personal, supportive environment. Both the Ph.D. and the research M.S. programs prepare students for careers in academia, industry, government laboratories, and other settings requiring an advanced education in chemistry and related disciplines. The coursework M.S. does not require research and is suited to future teachers and others wishing to update or broaden their chemical expertise. Approximately 100 graduate students are currently enrolled in the graduate program. Note: Applications for the Research Thesis path Master's degree are not being accepted at this time.

Within the Ph.D. program students have the flexibility to design a course of study focused on personal research interests, and at the same time are expected to maintain the high intellectual standards associated with the doctoral degree. Research options include biochemistry, physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, physical-organic chemistry, and bioorganic chemistry.

Collaborative research efforts are encouraged, both intra- and inter-departmentally. The interdisciplinary Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering emphasizes bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and computational approaches to chemistry. Biochemists join geneticists, computer scientists, and biologists in the Center for the Molecular Biology of RNA. The Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering fosters interdisciplinary research between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Departments of Molecular, Cell and Development Biology; Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology; and Biomolecular Science and Engineering. Students interested in chemical biology and biophysical chemistry are encouraged to apply to the graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Chemistry.

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees

$11,442.00 (8,38,692) per year


03 Jan, 30 Mar


Division of Physical and Biological Sciences

Natural Sciences 2 Annex Room #204,



95064, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have a four-year bachelor's degree at an English-speaking institution.

English Language Testing

For those choosing to take the TOEFL, a minimum score on the paper-based TOEFL of 550, or 220 on the computer-based test, or 83 on the internet-based test is required for admission.

For those choosing to take the IELTS, a minimum overall score of 7 from the IELTS test is required for admission.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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