The Structure of the Study Programme

Name and the Goals of the Study Programme

The name of the Study programme is Master of Science in Biochemistry (1 year, 60 ECTS).

‘Doctoral Academic Studies in Chemistry’ is to educate highly qualified experts in chemistry who will be ready to respond to and satisfy the current and future challenges set before them by the modern society.

Type of the Study and the Outcome of the Education Process

The aim of the education is to provide the knowledge focused on the area of chemistry, from both theoretical and practical aspects, so that the PhD degree awarded students will be competent to work as leaders of research teams, educators in higher-education institutions, managers of companies of the chemical industry, etc.

Professional Title, Academic, or Scientific Title

After completing the studies by earning 180 ECTS points, the student obtains the scientific title of PhD in Chemistry.

Admission Conditions

The prerequisites for enrolling in the Study Program are successfully completed Graduate Academic Studies in Chemistry (master) or the corresponding academic studies, and the position in the rank list within the approved enrolment quota.

The Structure of the Study Programme

The three-year study program ‘Doctoral Academic Studies in Chemistry’ comprises six elective courses, Scientific Research Work and completion/defence of the PhD thesis.

The total number of ECTS credits is 180, where the courses are worth 90, Scientific Research Work 70, and the PhD thesis 20 ECTS points.

The list of courses is given in Table.

The Time Allotted for the Realization of Particular Study Forms

The Doctoral Academic Studies in Chemistry last for three years, i.e. six semesters.

Credit Values of Particular Courses

An outline of each course is given in the Curriculum of the Study Program.

The studies are realized through teaching of the courses given in the list of the Study Program and distributed into semesters.

Diploma Work

The Doctoral Academic Studies in Chemistry last for three years, i.e. six semesters. They are realized through lecturing, seminar works, ongoing consultations with teachers and associates, and independent research work. The final stage is the defence of the PhD thesis.

The Doctoral Academic Studies in Chemistry are completed by submitting the completed PhD thesis, as a student’s independent work, whose public defence represents the final examination for obtaining the degree ‘PhD in Chemistry’. During the work on the thesis and its defense, the student demonstrates the independence and creativity in the application of the acquired theoretical and practical knowledge. The work on the PhD thesis is carried out in the last four semesters (out of six semesters of the Study Program). The prepared PhD thesis is valued 20 ЕCTS.

Details concerning the application, conditions for the work on the PhD thesis and its defence are regulated by the Statute and the corresponding acts of the Faculty.

Prerequisites for the Registration for Particular Courses or Group of Courses

The Study Program is conceived so that no prerequisites are set out for the registration for particular courses, i.e. all the courses may be selected without any limitation.

Transferring from Another Study Programme

Conditions for transferring from other study programs within the same or similar fields are defined on the basis of the current study programs of the Faculty of Sciences in Novi Sad.

The Purpose of the Study Programme

The objective of the study program of Doctoral Academic Studies in Chemistry is to provide the in-depth and modern knowledge, to create professionals who will be competent to work both in their narrow field of expertise and in research, assuming further professional development and putting their original ideas into practice. This assumes the application of the fundamental principles of chemical sciences with the aim of satisfying the current and future human needs. The academic chemical education in the framework of this study program enables the continuity in the advancement of chemistry knowledge acquired in the graduate studies of chemistry or similar study programs.

Depending on the need, students of doctoral studies can be engaged in the realization of laboratory exercises in the BSc and MS academic studies, which will give them the opportunity to acquire pedagogical experience. In the course of the study, there is the possibility for students to participate in national and international scientific meetings, and thus acquire experience in communication and presentation of their research results. At the end of the study, the students are expected to possess advanced theoretical knowledge and modern research skills, at the level that makes them confident in presenting their results to other professionals, and finally, to write papers for publishing in the peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The Goals of the Study Programme

The aim of the study program of ‘Doctoral Academic Studies in Chemistry’ is to educate highly qualified professionals for diverse jobs, experts who will be competent to lead research teams, act as educators in higher-education institutions, as well as to be managers of companies in the chemical industry. They are competent in applying fundamental knowledge of chemistry and similar natural sciences, design and perform tests and experiments and interpret the results obtained, to work in multidisciplinary teams engaged in solving problems in the chemical industry, to identify, formulate and solve chemical aspects in the environment, to possess professional and ethical responsibility and effective communication skills, to apply modern methodologies and use the corresponding equipment, to participate in the improvement of the existing and development of new methods of chemical analysis and synthesis. In brief, those who complete these studies will become experts capable to fully respond to the challenges of the modern society.

The Skills of Students upon Completion of the Programme

Doctoral Academic Studies in Chemistry provide students with general and specific competences for performing the high-quality scientific research. The recipient of the PhD degree in Chemistry is competent to derive conclusions, disseminate scientific information, exchange ideas, solve problems, and propose clear and concisely formulated solutions. A student who gained a PhD in Chemistry is prepared to do scientific research as well as to work in a wide spectrum of private and public companies, state and local government institutions. In addition, he/she is competent to work in state agencies, inspection bodies, research and development teams, consulting companies in the area of chemistry, in education, as well as in all other activities involving chemistry.

The Curriculum

On enrolment, each student of doctoral studies is assigned an advisor, nominated by the Education-Scientific Council of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Protection, who need not be the future supervisor of the student’s work on the PhD thesis. The role of the advisor is to help the student define the curriculum, i.e., select the courses according to the student’s preferences. The student is free to make his/her own choice from the list of 52 courses. The courses are divided into semesters as shown in Tables.

The doctoral studies in chemistry last for three years (six semesters). In the first study year, the student is to attend four elective courses, two in each semester, with a weekly workload of 5+5 (5 hours of lectures and 5 hours of practical exercises). The remaining two courses are taught in the third semester, at the same weekly workload of 5+5. In the fourth semester, the student is obliged to devote 20 hours a week to the Scientific Research Work. The content of this research work is related to the particular topics from the scientific projects that are currently under realization in the Department. In the third study year, the student’s only occupation is Scientific Research Work, 20 hours a week in both semesters and with the work on his/her PhD thesis. The average student’s workload is 40 hours of active teaching in both semesters of all three study years.

If in the previous education (i.e. in the master studies) the student did not pass exam in the subject Methodology of Scientific Work, he/she is obliged to take this course in addition to the seven mentioned courses. The final product of the Study Program is the PhD thesis in Chemistry.

A Distribution of the Courses into Semesters and Academic Years

Elective courses in the Study Program