The PhD in Chemistry (PhD CHEM) builds on Khalifa University’s internationally leading research activity in science, engineering, and medicine. It supports the University’s alignment with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 plan through the provision of internationally excellent education and student experience in Chemistry, producing highly skilled science professionals capable of transferring state-of-the-art technologies to priority sectors of industry, business and government. The aim of the PhD in Chemistry program is to produce graduates who are able to conduct independent research in Chemistry at the highest levels of originality and quality. The degree will be awarded to students who demonstrate a range of advanced knowledge and skills at the forefront of Chemistry and who complete an independent investigation of a novel specialist topic in order to present a dissertation addressing a problem in cutting edge research. Candidates for the degree will be supervised by teams of experienced researchers.


Upon successful completion of the PhD in Chemistry, a graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and critically analyze comprehensive, deep and overarching knowledge that is at the frontier of recent developments in chemical sciences.
  • Conduct and defend original independent research that creates significant new knowledge in chemical sciences of publishable quality that leads to scholarly articles or other intellectual outputs.
  • Analyze and critically evaluate the uses and limitations of diverse methodologies and techniques for solving problems in chemical research, leading to informed and valid judgements.
  • Select and deploy advanced experimental and related skills to investigate and solve complex problems in chemical research.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally, in written and oral forms as appropriate, the major tenets of areas of chemistry and their individual specializations to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to safe, responsible and ethical behavior in all research and professional activities.
  • Reflect upon their role(s) in their research specialization and in the wider research community to ensure that they take responsibility for their own development and that of peer groups and networks.