The admissions to the PhD program typically happens twice in an academic year - once in the month of May and another in December. The notification for the same, with eligibility details, is posted on the institute and department webpage. Firstly, the candidates are shortlisted by a selection committee. The shortlisted candidates are called for a written test, which usually consists of questions from various subjects within chemical engineering and engineering mathematics. The candidates who score above a cut-off (decided by the selection committee) are called for an interview, typically on the next day, for final selections. Apart from the usual PhD admission cycles, the department may for another round of walk-in PhD admissions in July and March. Notifications for the same are posted on the department webpage. The department also admits final year UG students of various NITs to the PhD program. For this, one (or two) faculties visit a certain NIT and hold an on-site interview. Such visits are notified to the head of the department of the respective NIT well in advance. The eligibility conditions for all PhD admissions are noted in details in the PG manual of IITK.
The students take a minimum of six courses to develop expertise in ChE fundamentals as well as to complement their research work.
Post coursework (up to 1 year), students work on a research problem of their interest under the guidance of a faculty mentor(s). Working on a particular problem for 3-4 years is a unique experience that helps in developing a scientific temper along with the associated technical communication skills. The typical norm for graduation is 3-4 publications in reputed peer reviewed journals.
Processing of Ph.D. applications for admissions to the Spring 2023-2024 session has commenced. Please check the IITK admissions website for details.
|Department of chemical engineering offers several core and elective courses for the students enrolled in Ph.D., M.Tech. and M.S.(Research) programmes, below given minimum course requirements for different PG programmes.
|Minimum course requirement
|Minimum course requirement is four.
Any one course from (ChE641, ChE642) and one from (ChE611, ChE621, ChE631).
The other two course can be taken from the list of electives.
|Minimum course requirement is eight.
Three must be from the compulsory courses (ChE611, ChE621, ChE631), one from (ChE641, ChE642)
and the rest four can be taken from the list of electives.
|In addition to the usual courses, MS and MTech students are required to register for zero credit M.Tech. Seminar(ChE701) and Ph.D. students are required to register for zero credit Ph.D. Seminar(ChE801).
|Mesoscale And Continuum Simulations In Chemical Engineering
|Convective Heat and Mass transport
|Rheology of Complex Fluids
|Process Engineering Principles in Microfabrication
|Introduction to Polymer Physics
|Multiphase Reactor Design
|Numerical simulation of fluid flow through porous media
|Thermodynamics of fluids and fluid mixtures
|Quantum Chemical Design of Electrochemical, Catalytic and Separation Engineering Materials
|ChE668A (or) ChE614A
|Principles of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics (or) Introduction to hydrodynamic stability
|Mechanics of soft materials
|Introduction to molecular simulations
|Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage
|Introduction to Systems Biology
|Statistical Mechanics and Kinetics for Engineers