The PhD in Chemistry is primarily a research degree. It is awarded to students who have displayed competence in planning and conducting original research in the field of chemistry, demonstrated a broad familiarity with the science of chemistry, understanding in the application of the scientific method, and gained a thorough knowledge of their field of specialization.
In addition to valuable professional skills training and experience in teaching, all graduates of the Chemistry PhD program have led one or more independent research projects while being mentored by faculty at the top of their fields. You will learn how to find, understand, and critically evaluate primary literature, and you will learn how to write, display, and communicate chemical science information for both nonscientific and expert audiences. You'll also learn about other important aspects of research including matters of safety, ethics, integrity, diversity, and inclusion.
Graduates of the Chemistry PhD program are well-trained for research careers and have gone on to a wide range of careers in research, as well as careers in healthcare, science-related policy and nonprofit organizations, and science-related business.
Note: Applicants do not need the support of a current faculty member to apply to this program.
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Chemistry graduate students at Tufts form a thriving community of researchers that engages in cutting-edge science. Chemistry research at Tufts is highly interdisciplinary, addressing basic questions about how the universe works and how we can use molecular science to improve society. The department's areas of focus include chemical biology, biotechnology, analytical chemistry, surface science, extraplanetary science, catalysis, green energy, inorganic chemistry, organic synthesis, education research, quantum computing, material science, and therapeutics development.