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Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry

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Ph.D. Degree Requirements

If credit has not already been obtained in the courses below or their equivalents, students must complete the following courses as early as is practical in the graduate program: 1 semester of physical chemistry (CHEM 640 or CHEM 646), and biochemistry (MDCM 701). Satisfactory completion of qualifying examinations in organic chemistry and biochemistry also is required.

A series of monthly written cumulative examinations is used to assess students’ knowledge of medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. These examinations must be passed at an accelerating rate during the second and third years. After completing the cumulative examinations, the major part of the course work, and other requirements, the student takes an oral comprehensive examination. After completing this examination, the student prepares an original research proposal for presentation to the faculty. The final requirement for the Ph.D. is the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original laboratory research conducted by the candidate.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

General requirements, such as those related to the comprehensive oral examination, the dissertation, and the dissertation defense, are listed in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

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