The Department of Chemistry aspires to establish itself as an internationally recognised and globally competitive centre for graduate teaching and research. The Department has initiated and maintained internationally recognised research programmes in a wide variety of chemical disciplines for the last few years that include nanoscience and nanotechnology, materials chemistry, catalysis, drug discovery and medicinal chemistry. The faculty consists of an outstanding group of scientists who are committed to pursuing and maintaining excellence in research. The graduate programme (MS and PhD) in Chemistry is an exciting opportunity for students to take advantage of the Department’s conducive and thriving research environment to contribute effectively in the development of science. The Department’s mission is to produce outstanding graduates who can excel and become future leaders in academia and industry.

Research Opportunities

The Department of Chemistry at LUMS is comprised of a diverse group of research-active faculty members. In addition to the traditional areas of chemical sciences, they work on interdisciplinary research projects interfacing chemistry with various fields, including Biology, Medicine, Physics, Environmental and Material Science and Engineering. The faculty research groups are actively working to develop world-class research programmes in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Macromolecular Chemistry, Green Synthesis/Catalysis, Renewable Energy Technologies, Drug Discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Healthcare and Environmental Remediation.

Chemistry teaching and research labs are well equipped with the state-of-the-art experimental facilities and equipment. There is a good collection of supplies and equipment including spectroscopic, structural and materials characterization tools. These tools include field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with advanced detectors, EDS and e-beam lithography, NMR (23 MHz), GC-MS, TGA-DTA, DSC, LC-MS, HPLC, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM), XRD, Zetasizer Nano – ZSP, Multi-label Plate reader, FT-IR spectrometer with diamond ATR attachment, FT-IR spectrometer for thin films analysis, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, spin coaters, microwave synthesizer (CEM), refrigerated/non-refrigerated micro-centrifuges, high-temperature furnaces, photo-reactors, pellet press machine, high-temperature autoclave with steel/teflon reactor, impedance analyzer with climate chamber attachment, potentiostat with cyclic voltammeter, contact angle measuring equipment, magnetic susceptibility balance goniometer and more.

The Chemistry faculty has developed very effective and fruitful research collaborations with prominent national and international research groups in USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia. These collaborations are very helpful in keeping the faculty abreast with the latest developments in the field and to use advanced technology platforms and high-tech equipment that are currently not available anywhere in Pakistan. So far, these collaborations have been very effective in getting highly competitive international research grants and in publishing high quality research articles in prestigious international journals.

Important Dates

MS (Computer Science / Electrical Engineering / Mathematics / Physics / Biology / Chemistry)

Online application activation
18 Oct 2016
Deadline to submit online admission application
28 Mar 2017
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
29 Mar 2017
05:00 pm
LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test for MS/PhD
16 Apr 2017
Deadline to take GRE
16 Apr 2017
Deadline to apply for admission (LUMS students - BS)
28 Mar 2017
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents (LUMS students - BS)
29 Mar 2017
05:00 pm
Admission decisions
01 Jun 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

      The University reserves the right to change dates and deadlines for admissions. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting www.lums.edu.pk periodically as well as the LUMS online application site.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2017 Admissions


Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Graduate Programme. Meeting this criteria does not guarantee admission to the Graduate programme.

The Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) offers MS Programme in Chemistry of two years’ duration.

Admission is purely merit-based and rests solely on the following criteria:

  1. Academic record
  2. Performance in the Admission Tests
  3. Interview Performance (if applicable)
  4. Completed application form along with all supporting documents

Academic Requirements for Fall 2017 Admissions

A minimum of 16 years of education is required for applying to the MS Program in Chemistry. Applicants are expected to have obtained their 4-year Bachelor’s (or 2-year B.Sc. + 2-years M.Sc. degrees) degree from national or foreign institutions that are accredited or recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

Applicants applying to the MS Program in Chemistry must have their Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree in any one of the following areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Materials Science or Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Other closely related discipline

As a minimum academic performance, all applicants must have a CGPA of at least 2.4 (on a scale of 4) or at least 60% marks in all university-level degrees (i.e., 4-years Bachelor’s degree or 2-years B.Sc. degree and 2-years M.Sc. degree).

Applicants who have obtained their degrees from institutions that are not listed with the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, will be required to obtain an equivalence certificate from HEC. Applicants requiring equivalence certificate(s) may do so by contacting:

The Director (A & C), 
Higher Education Commission,
Sector H-9, East Service Road,


Admission Eligibility Criteria for LUMS SBASSE Continuing Students

BS - MS Programme
BS students graduating in 2017 from SBASSE with a Subject CGPA (SCGPA) of ≥ 3.0 in their BS degree are eligible to apply.
Following are the application categories:
  1. SBASSE students who have obtained a Subject CGPA (SCGPA) of ≥ 3.0 in their BS degree are exempt from LGAT and LUMS SBASSE Subject Test. Application submission deadline for this category of students is March 28, 2017. Please visit the following link to apply for this programme: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk.
  2. SBASSE students who have obtained a Subject CGPA (SCGPA) of ≥ 3.0 in their BS degree applying across departments will be required to take the SBASSE Subject Test in the subject they want to pursue their MS in. LGAT is waived off for this category of students but they must successfully register for LUMS SBASSE Subject Test through LUMS Online admission system on or before March 28, 2017. Please visit the following link to apply for this programme: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk
SBASSE students with a SCGPA of < 3.0 must take LGAT and SBASSE Subject Tests. They are expected to apply through the regular admission process. Application submission deadline for this category of students is March 28, 2017.
Please visit the following link to apply: https://admissions.lums.edu.pk

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2017 Admissions

Applicants to the MS Programme in Chemistry are required to take the LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT), which is comprised of quantitative, verbal, and analytical sections. In addition, applicants are required to take the SBASSE Subject Test in Chemistry.

Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take the GRE General Test as well as the GRE Subject Test in Chemistry (through the Educational Testing Service, ETS USA (www.ets.org)).

Exemption for applicants who have taken Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Tests:

  • Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (through ETS USA) during the last two years and obtained an aggregate score of 300 in the quantitative and verbal sections may choose not to take the LGAT.
  • Applicants who have taken the GRE Subject Test in Chemistry (through ETS USA) during the last two years and obtained a score at the 60th percentile or above may choose not to take the SBASSE Subject Test in Chemistry.


LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test Scores will be valid only for one year. The LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test scores will not be disclosed to the applicants.

LGAT and LUMS SBASSE Subject Test will be scheduled at the same time in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi on April 16, 2017.

Please also note that GRE scores must be reported to LUMS officially from the testing agency. The college code for reporting GRE (General) scores to LUMS is 0679.

Subject Test Guidelines:

Subject test questions of Chemistry programme will be similar to GRE subject test of Chemistry.

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2017 Admissions

Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before March 28, 2017; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at http://admissions.lums.edu.pk. In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before March 29, 2017.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of  Rs. 950 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes)
  • LGAT & LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Registration Fee of Rs. 750 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes)

Payment Procedure

After the successful submission of the online application form through the LUMS Online account on or before the application submission deadline, applicants will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher.  For further details regarding Fee payment options  Click here

Proof of Payment

A stamped copy of the payment voucher or a confirmation email of an online banking transaction constitutes proof of payment. Applicants are required to send a copy of payment proof along with all other required supporting documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline.
Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope before sending it to the LUMS Office of Admissions. Applications or documents received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.

Interview performance

Short listed applicants may be requested to appear for an interview.


Please visit the following link for the minimum eligibility criteria; https://lums.edu.pk/graduate-admissions

After the successful submission of the online application form you will be able to print a system generated Application Processing and LUMS Test Registration (if applicable) Fee payment voucher. Please print the fee voucher for making payments at Allied Bank Branches throughout Pakistan. The voucher can be paid:

  • In cash, the next day by presenting the payment voucher along with the requisite amount at any Allied Bank branch throughout Pakistan.

Test Registration Cards and instructions will be posted to the applicants' secure online application account and an email message will alert applicants that the Test Registration Card has been posted. It will be posted on applicants' online account one week before the test date.

If an applicant is unable to view his/her Test Registration Card despite completing all the requirements then he/she can write to us at helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk.

You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your online application.

Applications submitted after the deadlines are not accepted.

It is highly recommended to fill out the application form carefully. No changes can be made after the submission of online application. In sheer need an applicant can send the updated information to helpdeskao@lums.edu.pk with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

You should submit all your transcripts latest by the document submission deadline. Copy of your degree can be submitted later.

Yes, financial aid is available on need basis.

You should apply for financial aid while submitting your online application. The application form for the financial assistance is within the online admission application.

The recommendation letters can be from a faculty member who has had a reasonable opportunity to evaluate you academically.

Admission in LUMS MS Programme is purely merit based and there are no quotas.


In truly exceptional circumstances the Graduate Programme Committee may grant a deferral. All requests should be made in writing and will be reviewed on a case to case basis.

Final Admission decision will be communicated through an official letter; however, you can check your application status through your online account. Regretfully, we are unable to provide information regarding your application status by telephone or e-mail.

The admission process is a well deliberated and thorough process. Each year we receive a large number of outstanding applications. Unfortunately, all of them do not qualify because of the limited number of available seats. The decision regarding admission is final.

If your application is unsuccessful you will also receive a letter informing you of this. Due to the volume of applications the University receive, it is not possible to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Admission Support

Subject Test

The chemistry graduate admission test (MS and PhD programs) will consist of about 80 multiple choice questions. A periodic table and essential information regarding physical constants and conversion factors will be provided at appropriate places. Use of calculators and mobile phones is not allowed. 

The content of the test emphasizes physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry and organic chemistry as described below.


I.          Physical Chemistry (~30%)

Thermodynamics: First, second and third laws, thermochemistry, ideal and real gases and solutions, Gibbs and Helmholtz energy, chemical potential, chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, colligative properties, statistical thermodynamics.

Quantum Chemistry and Applications to Spectroscopy: Classical experiments, principles of quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, molecular spectroscopy.

Dynamics: Experimental and theoretical chemical kinetics, solution and liquid dynamics, photochemistry.


II.         Inorganic Chemistry (~25%)

General Chemistry: Periodic trends, stoichiometry, oxidation states, nuclear chemistry.

Ionic Substances: Lattice geometries, lattice energies, ionic radii, and radius/ratio effects.

Covalent Molecular Substances: Lewis diagrams, molecular point groups, VSEPR concept, valence bond description and hybridization, molecular orbital description, bond energies, covalent and van der Waals radii of the elements, intermolecular forces.

Metals and Semiconductors: Structure, band theory, physical and chemical consequences of band theory.

Acids and Bases: Bronsted-Lowry approaches, Lewis theory, solvent system approaches.

Chemistry of the Main Group Elements: Electronic structures, occurrences and recovery, physical and chemical properties of the elements and their compounds.

Chemistry of the Transition Elements: Electronic structures, occurrences and recovery, physical and chemical properties of the elements and their compounds, coordination chemistry.

Special Topics: Organometallics, catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, solid state chemistry and environmental chemistry.


III.        Analytical Chemistry (~15%)

Data Acquisition and Use of Statistics: Errors, statistical considerations

Solutions and Standardization: Concentration terms, primary standards

Homogeneous Equilibria: Acid-base, oxidation-reduction, complexometry

Heterogeneous Equilibria: Gravimetric analysis, solubility, precipitation titrations, chemical separations.

Instrumental Methods: Electrochemical methods, spectroscopic methods, chromatographic methods, thermal methods, calibration of instruments.     


IV.        Organic Chemistry (~30%)

Structure, Bonding and Nomenclature: Lewis structures, orbital hybridization, configuration and stereochemical notation, conformational analysis, systematic IUPAC nomenclature, spectroscopy (IR, 1H and 13C NMR).

Functional Groups: Preparation, reactions, and interconversions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, dienes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, epoxides, sulfides, thiols, aromatic compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines.

Reaction Mechanisms: Nucleophilic displacements and additions, nucleophilic aromatic substitutions, electrophilic additions, electrophilic aromatic substitutions, eliminations, Diels-Alder and other cycloadditions.

Reactive Intermediates: Chemistry and nature of carbocations, carbanions, free radicals, carbenes, benzynes, enols.

Organometallics: Preparation and reactions of Grignard and organolithium reagents, and other modern main group and transition metal reagents and catalysts.

Special Topics: Resonance, molecular orbital theory, catalysis, acid-base theory, carbon acidity, aromaticity, antiaromaticity, macromolecules, lipids, amino acids, peptides, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, terpenes, asymmetric synthesis, orbital symmetry, polymers. 


The format of the questions will be similar to the GRE Chemistry Subject Test. Sample questions can be downloaded from the link:https://www.ets.org/s/gre/pdf/practice_book_chemistry.pdf

  • 28 Mar

    March 28, 2017
    Deadline to submit online admission application – MS & PhD(Computer Science/ Electrical Engineering/ Mathematics/ Physics/ Biology/ Chemistry)
  • 29 Mar

    March 29, 2017
    Deadline to submit supporting documents- MS & PhD(Computer Science/ Electrical Engineering/ Mathematics/ Physics/ Biology/ Chemistry)
  • 03 Apr

    April 03, 2017
    Admission Decisions - PhD management
  • 06 Apr

    April 06, 2017
    Deadline to take GMAT- MBA Round II