The Department of Molecular and Material Sciences (MMS) is intended for the following students: (1) those who are intellectually stimulated by the prospect of conducting research and willing to accept the challenge of changing their study environment and exploring new realms of research without academic limitations and (2) those interested in material-related engineering and science who wish to further their academic specialty.
Educational course features, content, and approach
MMS offers a flexible curriculum adapted to the academic level and interests of students of various backgrounds willing to study the needed areas to achieve their future goals. We are committed to providing an interdisciplinary, practical class system based on specialized, basic, and intensive complementary content to help students develop their problem-solving skills and a broad approach. The specialized and basic class content is necessary for the mastery of both basic and cutting-edge materials science-related subjects, and complementary courses are designed to teach the basic scientific knowledge that students may not have learned in their respective majors and affiliated departments.
In MMS, students are affiliated to one of the departmental laboratories listed below and commit themselves to acquiring broad-based, yet highly specialized expertise. A research activity-based education system has been implemented to achieve this goal. This system hinges on one project department and another industry-related partner project department comprising eight pillar disciplines: (1) Solid Surface Science, (2) Functional and Structural Materials Science, (3) Molecular Dynamics and Spectroscopy, (4) Strength of Materials, (5) Design of Functional Organic Molecules, (6) Organic and Organometallic Synthesis, (7) Development of Advanced Materials, and (8) Hybrid Materials Science.
Completion requirements and performance evaluation
Students are entitled to a Master’s Degree in engineering, science, or philosophy upon completion of the following requirements: (1) the prescribed amount of credits (2) a mid-term presentation of their Master’s Course research, (3) satisfactory performance on the examination committee interview test, and (4) submission of their Master’s Degree research paper.
Students are entitled to a Doctoral Degree in engineering, science, or philosophy upon completion of the following requirements: (1) the prescribed amount of credits, (2) a mid-term presentation of their Doctorate Course research work, (3) submission of their thesis as well as satisfactory performance on the final examination committee interview test and thesis review process.