Master of Science

Organic Chemistry | M.Sc.(Org. Chem.)

The M.Sc. program is a four semester Autonomous Program. The highlight of the program is full time project work/ internship which a student has to complete in fourth semester to inculcate Research and Innovation Aptitude. This ensures that the student is well equipped for future research in academics or for research and development in industries/research organizations.

The curriculum enables the students to apply the principles of stereochemistry, reaction mechanism and advanced spectroscopic techniques in the synthesis of organic compounds. Name reactions with mechanism (involvement of reactive intermediates), retrosynthetic approach towards organic synthesis and reactivity of simple organometallic compounds, asymmetric organic synthesis, heterocyclic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, photochemistry, green chemistry, natural products chemistry are some of the key topics included in our Master’s program. Students are encouraged to gain in depth knowledge through online courses offered by NPTEL and SWAYAM platforms for which additional credits are given in the final marksheet.

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Key Information

Pedagogy

Teachers use an array of effective teaching strategies that suits all students from slow to advanced learners. Following strategies are used in combinations with different groups of students to improve their teaching- learning experience.

  • Blended Learning through Flipped classes with interactive learning strategies like Jigsaw Activity, Round Robin and Think Pair Share.
  • Experiential Learning: Giving way for Creativity and Innovation
  • Development of soft skills and communication skills through organization of Inter collegiate Departmental Festival by students – RASAYAN.
  • LMS such as Google Classroom and Moodle are being used.
  • Industrial Visits, Learn from Stalwarts
  • Demonstrations of modern analytical instruments like GC, HPLC, HPTLC used for Quality Assurance in Industry and research.

Career Prospects

The main employers of chemistry post graduates are in the chemistry related industries: Pharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Petrochemicals, Plastics and polymers, Food and drink industry, Paints and Pigments, Surfactants, Forensic Science etc.

Government Jobs: Scientific Officer post in the labs of Defense Research Development and Organization (DRDO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) (www.barc.gov.in)

Academics: Students can pursue B.Ed. and join as a teacher in National and International Schools and Junior Colleges. Students can appear for SET/NET and join as Assistant Professor in Degree Colleges.

Higher Education:

Students can do Ph.D. in leading Research and Academic Institutions like:

  • K. J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce (KJSSC) and Somaiya Vidyavihar University (SVU)
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
  • Indian Institute of Sciences Education and Research (IISER)
  • Homi Bhabha National Institute (BARC)
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)
  • Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT)
  • University of Mumbai, University Affiliated Colleges, Deemed Universities.

Other Educational opportunities: Students can pursue various degree and diploma courses in the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Law (LLB), Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Clinical Research, Bioinformatics, Quality Assurance, Instrumental Analysis, Packaging, Food and Drugs Analysis, Cosmetics and Perfumery Analysis, Solar Energy.

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Programme outcomes

At the end of the Programme student will be able to

  • PO1: Predict the aromatic character and chemical reactivity of organic compounds.
  • PO2: Apply the photochemistry principles to design organic molecules.
  • PO3: Discuss the principles of asymmetric induction and asymmetric synthesis.
  • PO4: Compare the stereochemistry of medium ring, fused ring and bridged ring compounds 
  • PO5: Summarise the structure, reactivity and synthesis some of the heterocyclic compounds.
  • PO6: Design organic molecules by applying a disconnection approach, name reactions, organometallics and free radical chemistry.
  • PO7: Relate quantitative and qualitative structure activity relationships.
  • PO8: Explain principles of drug discovery, design, development and synthesis of some important drug molecules.
  • PO9: Relate the basic principles of Computer Assisted Drug Design with the structure of molecules.
  • PO10: Understand the different factors affecting computer aided drug design.
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  • PO11: Analyse the chemical behaviour of biomolecules.
  • PO12: Apply principles of supramolecular chemistry for extraction of compounds. 
  • PO13: Deduce qualitative information of organic compounds using advanced spectroscopic methods.

Curriculum

 
 
Semester I Semester II
Physical Organic Chemistry Reaction Pathways
Carbonyl Group Chemistry Pericyclic reactions
Stereochemistry I Metals and Nonmetals in Organic synthesis I
Oxidation-Reduction Spectroscopy
Semester III Semester IV
Physical Organic Chemistry, Stereochemistry & Photochemistry Project work in Research Institution / Internship in Prominent Chemical Industry
Heterocyclic Chemistry and Designing Organic Synthesis
Natural Product and Drug Chemistry
Spectroscopy and Organometallic Chemistry

Differentiators

The M.Sc. Chemistry Program of KJSSC is unique because it offers

  • Mandatory six month Internship/Research Project.
  • Continuous Internal Evaluation.
  • Project based Learning, cooperative learning strategies.
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) such as Moodle, Google Classroom, Google quiz, Webinars, Google meet, Microsoft Teams, OFFEE etc.
  • Interaction with Stalwarts through Seminar, Workshops.
  • Annual Intercollegiate Fest RASAYAN
  • Field Visits

Coordinator

Mrs. Madhavi Kate
madhavi.kate@somaiya.edu