Office of Admissions
LUMS DHA, Lahore Cantt. 54792, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92 42 3560 8000 Ext.: 2177
The Master of Science (MS) programmes offered by the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) at LUMS are rigorous and designed to impart specialised professional and research-oriented training. Students have the options to choose from MS-by-Coursework or MS-by-Thesis.
The LUMS MS Chemistry programme, offered by the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), is an exciting opportunity for students to take advantage of the conducive and thriving research environment to contribute effectively in the development of science. The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering aspires to establish itself as an internationally recognised and globally competitive centre for graduate teaching and research in a wide variety of chemical disciplines that include Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Materials Chemistry, Catalysis, Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry.
Students benefit from excellent research facilities (e.g. NMR, SEM, XRD, ICP, GC-MS, HPLC, DSC, VSM, Zetasizer Nano – ZSP, FT-IR, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, high-temperature furnaces, impedance analyzer, potentiostat with cyclic voltammeter, contact angle measuring equipment,etc.) and have access to faculty consisting of an outstanding group of scientists who are committed to pursuing and maintaining excellence in research. The interdisciplinary approach enacted in the vision of SBASSE and the transdisciplinary spaces available across LUMS create a unique environment for students to participate in groundbreaking scientific work solving intricate global challenges related to health, energy, environment, and industry.
Students opting for MS-with-Thesis must take 18 credit hours of core courses (12 credit hours coursework and 6 credit hours research thesis) and 12 credit hours of electives. The MS-by-Coursework option requires students to take 12 credit hours of core courses and 18 credit hours of electives. The following is the list of core courses for MS-with-Thesis students:
Students opting for MS-with-Thesis must take 12 credit hours of elective courses. The MS-by-Coursework option requires students to take 18 credit hours of elective courses. The following is the list of elective courses (more courses can be added in the list with the approval of departmental graduate programme committee):
Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria in order to be considered for admission to the Programme. The MS Chemistry Programme at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) is a two-year Programme.
Admission is purely merit-based and rests solely on the following criteria:
Performance in Admission Tests;
Interview Performance (If shortlisted);
Letters of Recommendation; and
Submission of complete Online Application, Application Processing Fee and supporting documents by the stipulated deadline
These are the minimum criteria that applicants need to fulfill in order to be eligible to apply. Fulfillment of these criteria does not guarantee admission to LUMS.
A minimum of 16 years of education leading to a degree Programme is required for applying to the MS Chemistry Programme.
Applicants are expected to have obtained their Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree from national or foreign institutions accredited or recognised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan.
Applicants who have obtained their degrees from institutions not listed with the HEC, Pakistan, will be required to obtain an Equivalence Certificate from the HEC. For further information, please visit www.hec.gov.pk.
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.
Applicants applying to the MS Chemistry Programme must have their Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree in any one of the following areas:
Materials Science or Engineering
Other closely related disciplines
Applicants completing their last degree by July 30, 2024, are eligible to apply for MS Programme if they are meeting minimum admission requirements at the time of application submission.
Applicants must mention all their academic and test attempts & must not hide any information. The application will be evaluated on the basis of information provided at the time of application submission.
LUMS graduating class of 2024 are eligible to apply on the basis of their 7th semester result.
A. Local Applicants
Applicants applying to the MS Chemistry Programme are required to take the following two (2) admission tests in order to be considered for Fall 2024 admission:
LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT); and
LUMS SBASSE Subject Test in Chemistry
B. International Applicants
Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take the GRE General Test through the Educational Testing Service (ETS), USA. For further information, please visit www.ets.org.
Due to the unavailability of the GRE Subject Test in Chemistry, such applicants will be assessed based on their GRE General Test score only.
GRE scores must be reported to LUMS officially from the testing agency. The college code for reporting GRE (General) to LUMS is 0679.
LUMS Graduate Admission Test (LGAT) is comprised of Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical sections.
The LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test Scores will be valid only for the admission of Fall 2024.
The LGAT and SBASSE Subject Test scores will be used for application evaluation and hence will not be disclosed to applicants.
Exemption for Applicants Who Have Taken Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Tests
Applicants who have taken the Graduate Record Examination GRE (General) (through the Educational Testing Service USA) during the last two (2) years (i.e., after April 27, 2022) and obtained an aggregate score of 300 in the quantitative and verbal sections may choose not to take the LGAT.
Applicants residing outside Pakistan are required to take the GRE General Test (through the ETS, USA). For further information please visit www.ets.org.
Due to the unavailability of the GRE Subject Test in Chemistry, all local applicants must take the LUMS SBASSE Subject Test in Chemistry.
Subject Test Guidelines:
Please visit the following link; Subject Test Guidelines
The admission application will be considered for evaluation after the successful completion of the following Four (4) STEPS by the applicants on or before the stipulated deadlines:
Online Admission Application submission;
Online submission of scanned copies of required supporting documents;
Submission of an appropriate Application Processing Fee; and
Online Submission of the Letter of Recommendation by the Referees.
Applicants must complete and submit their Online Admission application on or before April 16, 2024; 5:00 pm (PKT).
Applicants are required to Online submit the scanned copies of all supporting documents on or before April 17, 2024.
After the successful submission of the Online application, applicants must make the Processing Fee payment by the deadline.
Referees must submit completely filled Letters of Recommendation by the given deadline.
Completion of all steps is mandatory. Application, documents, or fees received after the stipulated deadline will not be processed.
Shortlisted applications will be reviewed by the relevant committee to finalise the admission decision. Applicants are encouraged to provide complete information regarding their academic achievement, research reports, attended workshops, extracurricular activities, and must tell LUMS about their success stories in order to substantiate their applications. Applicants must provide complete and correct information regarding their academics, work experience and test attempts. The application will be evaluated on the basis of information provided at the time of application submission.
Performance in Interview
Shortlisted applicants may be requested to appear for an interview.
The modes of payment are as follows:
1. Voucher can be paid through cash, Pay Order and Bank Drafts made in favour of "Lahore University of Management Sciences" at any branch within Pakistan of following banks:
2. For online Credit/Debit card payment, please click here.
3. Vouchers can also be paid through ATM machines and internet banking portals of the following banks:
Through an amendment in the Income Tax Ordinance 2001 by Finance Act 2013, advance tax (under section 236 I) shall be collected @ 5% on the entire amount of fee except refundable portion.
Bank Helpline Numbers
Allied Bank Limited
1. UAN: 111-225-225, Branch contact No: 042-35748308
2. Regional Office: 042-35747603
Meezan Bank Limited
1. Region Office: 92-42-35786207
2. Head Office: 92-21-36406139
Bank Al-Habib Limited
1. Karachi: 92-21-32277231-239, Lahore: 0333-1218430
2. DHA Ph. 5 Branch: 042-37189231 042-37189234
Fee Structure for FY 2023-24
|Semester Registration Fee|
|Hostel Fee Double Occupancy|
|Hostel Fee Triple Occupancy (Bigger room)||54,700||54,700||TBA|
|Hostel Fee Triple Occupancy (Smaller room)|
To learn more about the University's Refund Policy, please click here.
|Online Application Deadline||April 16, 2023, 5:00 pm (PKT)|
|Deadline to submit online supporting documents||April 17, 2023|
|LUMS Graduate admission Test (LGAT) and LUMS SBASSE Subject Test Administration (Tentative Date)||April 28, 2023|
|Deadline to take GRE||April 28, 2023|
|Completion of Admission Process||July 31, 2023|
|Commencement of Classes||September 2023|
Please refer to the Admission Criteria tab.
Please refer to the Admission Criteria tab.
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.
You should submit all your transcripts latest by the Online document submission deadline. Copy of your degree can be submitted later.
Yes, financial aid is available on need basis.
Applicants must give their consent at the time of submitting the application in biographical section of the online application.
The recommendation letters can be from a faculty member who has had a reasonable opportunity to evaluate you academically.
You should recheck the completion and proper submission of your online application.
The application cannot be submitted after the deadline.
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 email@example.com 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.
The 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.
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.
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established institution of primary funding, overseeing, regulating, and accrediting the higher education efforts in Pakistan.
HEC is 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.
LUMS provides a well-maintained residential environment for international students.
Admission to LUMS MS programme is purely merit based and there are no quotas.
No, there are no age restrictions.
Admission to all programmes is purely on merit and independent of students’ ability to pay the related tuition fees. Once a student has been admitted to a programme, there are several mechanisms in place to provide financial support based on need and merit. All awards are reassessed each academic year based on performance, need, available resources and prevailing University policies. LUMS is committed to providing as much financial assistance as possible within the limits of its available resources. Nevertheless, the University may not be able to meet all requests for financial assistance, and it is strongly recommended that applicants secure as much of their own funding as possible.
Several Merit and Need-Based Scholarships are available for students who meet specific criteria.
Financial aid will not be provided for the Summer Semester.
Financial Aid Award can be increased, reduced or kept the same at any stage of review during your stay at LUMS
LUMS reserves the right to physically verify the beneficiary's Home/Business premises.
LUMS reserves the right to amend, cancel, or terminate the awarded Financial Aid in case of any misrepresentation or incorrect information provided by the student. Such misrepresentation or concealment of facts may lead to the termination of your admission from the Programme. University also reserves the right to recover the awarded amount during the preceding year(s) from the recipient on an immediate basis.
A degree from a tier-one university is one of the few investments with all-but-guaranteed return. Studying in LUMS not only opens doors in the professional world but also unleashes intellectual and financial potential.
At LUMS, we believe that financial circumstances should never stand in the way. To help, LUMS offers Interest-Free loans to the students from less privileged backgrounds who, without such assistance, would not be able to attend a university.
At MS level, LUMS Interest-Free loan covers partial to full tuition fee expense. These awards are reassessed in each academic year based upon performance and demonstrated financial need. The repayment of these Interest-Free loans starts six (6) months after graduation with a time period of 3 to 5 years.
Remember – loan is an obligation and is required to be paid back in installments after graduation. Loan repayment not only contributes towards the recirculation of Financial Aid to deserving students but also inculcates social responsibility and ethical values within the students.
Merit Scholarship is a form of gift and does not need to be repaid. LUMS provides Merit Scholarship Award to students who have proven their ability to succeed academically. There is no separate application for the scholarship. Students are automatically considered for the award when they apply for admission to LUMS.
Merit scholarship award covers partial to full tuition fee for one year only and is awarded to the admitted batch based on LUMS Admission evaluation ranking for the first year.
Coverage of Scholarship Award
Top two students of each batch in each discipline will be awarded merit scholarships as follows:
Merit scholarship award covers partial to full tuition fee for one year only and is awarded to the returning batches who are placed on Dean's Honor List based on their academic performance.
Coverage of Scholarship Award
Top two students of each batch in each discipline will be awarded merit scholarships as follows:
Note: In case a student qualifies for both financial aid award and any other scholarship, he/she will receive the higher aid benefit. These awards are for one (1) year only and cannot be carried forward to subsequent years.
Financing of a student's education is a commitment involving the student, his or her family and our institution. We at LUMS gear all efforts towards assisting as many students as possible within our limited resources. LUMS offer partial flat subsidy to all MS students enrolled in Four Basic Sciences Programmes (Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Mathematics). This award is given in the form of a waiver and does not need to be repaid.
There is no separate application for this waiver. Students are automatically considered for the award when they get admitted to MS Four Basic Sciences Programme at LUMS.
Note: In case a student qualifies for both financial aid award and any other scholarship, he/she will receive the higher aid benefit.
Voucher can be paid through cash, Pay Order and Bank Drafts made in favour of "Lahore University of Management Sciences" at any branch within Pakistan of following banks.