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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry Major University of Tennessee



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The faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seek to prepare their students to join the international ranks of professional chemists in fundamental areas of chemistry as well as cross-disciplinary sciences in which chemical expertise plays a critical role in the development of new knowledge and technologies. Students planning to major in chemistry for the master’s or doctoral degree will ordinarily have attained a satisfactory record in the traditional areas of chemistry. The department, however, recognizes that modern chemistry transcends traditional disciplinary divisions. Therefore, it encourages students with undergraduate majors in chemical engineering, the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, computer science, or other fields to apply for admission to our program.

Concentrations (Required)

Analytical Chemistry
Chemical Physics (with Department of Physics and Astronomy)
Environmental Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry
Theoretical Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry

Analytical chemistry involves the qualitative and quantitative detection of chemical substances using modern instrumentation.

Chemical Physics

The PhD program with a concentration in chemical physics is conducted jointly with the Department of Physics.

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental chemistry seeks to apply the tools of chemistry to study and protect the natural environment.

Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic chemistry involves the study of molecules built with atoms other than carbon, and particularly metals.

Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry involves the synthesis, study and application of carbon-based molecules.

Physical Chemistry

Physical chemistry seeks to understand how chemicals behave at the molecular and atomic level and how reactions occur.

Polymer Chemistry

Polymer chemistry is the study of the synthesis and properties of macromolecules composed of repeating chemical subunits.

Theoretical Chemistry

Theoretical chemistry studies the structural and dynamic properties of molecules and materials using quantum chemistry and statistical mechanics.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry Major.

Full Time (72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree; 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree)

Tuition fees

$31,139.00 (22,82,470) per year


Aug-21, Jan-22


College of Arts and Sciences

312 Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive,



37996, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Admission to the graduate program is decided on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration an applicant’s undergraduate record (traditionally including courses in general, analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry), performance on the general Graduate Record Examination (required), and supporting information such as references from previous faculty and research mentors, co-authorship of research presentations or papers, and awards.

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL or IELTS. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT),
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

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

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