MS Chemistry


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 Deadline (PST)
01 Apr 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents
02 Apr 2020
Online Application Deadline (PST) -- LUMS UG Continuing Students
01 Apr 2020
05:00 pm
Deadline to submit supporting documents - LUMS UG Continuing Students
02 Apr 2020
LGAT & SBASSE Subject Test for MS/PhD
12 Apr 2020
Deadline to take GRE
12 Apr 2020
Admission decisions
01 Jul 2020 to 31 Jul 2020

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

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Fall 2018 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. Completed application form along with all supporting documents
  4. Interview Performance (if applicable)

Academic Requirements for Fall 2018 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 Bachelor’s (or Masters) 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 BSc. degree and 2 years MSc. 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. For further information please visit:

Admission Test Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions


Foreign nationals are required to take the GRE General Test as well as the GRE Subject Test in Chemistry through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) USA. GRE (General) and GRE Subject test taken on or after April 08, 2013 will be considered valid. The deadline to take GRE (General) and GRE Subject Test is April 08, 2018For further information; please visit



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

Supporting Documents Requirement for Fall 2018 Admissions


Applicants must complete and submit their online application form on or before March 20, 2018; 5:00 pm (PST). The application form can be accessed online at In addition, all applicants are required to submit all supporting documents to the LUMS Admissions Office on or before March 21, 2018.

Application Processing & LUMS Test Registration fee (if applicable)

  • The application processing fee of  $71 (SBASSE MS/PhD Programmes)

Payment Procedure

International applicants are required to make a payment for the Application Processing Fee through a Bank Draft drawn in favour of Lahore University of Management Sciences. For further details regarding Fee payment options  Click here

Proof of Payment

Applicants are required to send original Bank Draft along with all other required documents as ONE package on or before the stipulated deadline. Applicants must print and paste the “Mailing label” on the envelope containing their supporting documents before sending it to the LUMS Admissions Office.

Interview performance

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


A Foreign national who is not of Pakistani origin and does not have a Pakistani passport/NICOP/CNIC is eligible to apply to LUMS under its International Student Programme. Applicants holding dual nationality out of which one is Pakistani are not eligible to apply through LUMS International Student Programme.

It's important for us to get a complete and accurate picture of your academic history. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

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

Candidates holding only a Bachelor’s degree of less than four years’ duration will be required to produce an equivalence certificate of completion of 16 years of education issued by the HEC.

HEC is Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission, an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.

HEC is now responsible for formulating higher education policy and quality assurance to meet the international standards as well as providing accrediting academic degrees, development of new institutions, and uplift of existing institutions in Pakistan.

The HEC has also facilitated in the development of higher educational system in the country with a primary purpose of upgrading the universities and colleges in the country to stand as the focal points of the high learning of education, research, and development.

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

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 International applicants are required to pay their fees in Pakistani Rupees through a bank draft made in favor of Lahore University of Management Sciences to be issued by their home country’s bank as per amount mentioned on their Tuition/Hostel Fees Vouchers. No other mode of payment will be acceptable.

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 with the specific header "Change in Application Form".

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.

Lahore University of Management Sciences has always welcomed international students. Hospitality has been embedded in the culture of Pakistan. You will not be a foreigner in Pakistan. You will experience both modernism and tradition as it is one of the safest and most stable countries in the region.

The medium of instructions is English and the environment is very supportive for international students.

In order to study at LUMS, foreign nationals must obtain a “Study Visa” from the Pakistani Embassy/Consulate working in their country. The Pakistani Embassy/Consulate will only issue a study visa for students’ stay at LUMS upon receipt of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan’s “No Objection Certificate” and Clearance from the Ministry of Interior, Pakistan.

For the issuance of Visa, students must submit the following documents to the LUMS Admissions Office through postal mail/ courier service by the stipulated deadline. These documents are mandatory for the processing of visa application:

I.Signed copy of Admission Offer Letter

II.Payment of Tuition/Hostel dues through a bank Draft (if any)

III.Completely filled “Student’s Information Sheet” for the issuance of NOC from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. 

a.       Note: No Objection Certificate (NOC) is issued by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan; which is a mandatory requirement for LUMS enrollment and Visa processing.

IV.Three (3) copies of completely filled and duly signed “Visa Form” (all pages) to get necessary visa clearance from the Ministry of Interior, Pakistan.

a.       Note: Please carefully read instructions given in the Visa application form and send it to LUMS through courier service by the due deadline. Form is available on the Ministry of Interior’s website ( ). The form must be duly filled in with contacts/addresses of the applicant both in Home country and Pakistan.

V.Six (6) Original Photographs

VI.Complete copy of Passport

VII.Any other document required by the MOI for the issuance of Visa

VIII.Academic Records-Certified Photocopies of:

IX.Secondary School (O levels/ 10th Grade or any Equivalent Degree)

X.Post Secondary (A Levels/ IB/ American High School or any equivalent degree)

XI.All academic transcripts/certificates (Secondary, Post Secondary, Bachelors, Masters or any other qualification)

XII.Copy of certificate of provisional grade point average

XIII.Copy of English Proficiency Certificate

XIV.Nomination/Recommendation Letter from University

XV.Copy of Medical Certificate

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: