Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Program Learning Outcomes for the PhD Degree in the field of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Upon completing the PhD degree in the field of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced command of Materials Science and NanoEngineering field work.
  2. Conduct independent research that demonstrates advanced mastery of a subfield within Materials Science or NanoEngineering.
  3. Communicate scientific ideas effectively in writing and when speaking.

Requirements for the PhD Degree in the field of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Full-time students seeking the PhD degree are expected to complete all the requirements for the degree within five calendar years following entrance into the program. Continuation in the program beyond this time limit will require special approval of the department.

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. Students pursuing the PhD degree program in Materials Science and NanoEngineering must complete:

  • A minimum of 90 credit hours advanced relevant study, of which at least 18 credit hours must be completed through coursework.

The programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees are open to students who have demonstrated outstanding performance in their undergraduate studies. The granting of a graduate research degree presupposes academic work of superior quality and a demonstrated ability to do original research.

For general university requirements, see Graduate Degrees. Course requirements for the research degrees vary depending on the extent of individual undergraduate preparation as well as each student’s performance in graduate courses and on qualifying examinations. For both the MS and PhD degrees, students must present a thesis that comprises an original contribution to knowledge and defend it in a public oral examination.

Students are expected to earn letter grades of at least B- (2.67 grade points) in all courses taken, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 to graduate. If a student’s GPA is below 3.0, the student will be placed on departmental probation. The student may be dismissed from the program if his/her GPA falls below 3.0 for two semesters. Final decision will be made by the Graduate Committee in consultation with the Department Chair. 

Each graduate student is expected to render research and/or instructional assistance to the department not to exceed 10 hours per week. Graduate student work assignments will be made by the advisor at the beginning of each semester.

All PhD students must attend at least 75% of the MSNE seminars per semester. For details, please see the degree requirements on the MSNE website.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in the field of Materials Science and NanoEngineering 90

Degree Requirements

Coursework
MSNE 502MECH PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS3
MSNE 503THERMODYNAMICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE3
MSNE 506PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SOLIDS3
MSNE 535 / PHYS 535CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & DIFFRACTION3
Elective Requirements
Select 2 courses from departmental (MSNE) course offerings at the 500-level or above. 16
Non-Coursework 2
MSNE 500MATERIALS SCIENCE SEMINAR 31
MSNE 501GRADUATE STUDENT SEMINAR 41
MSNE 800RESEARCH AND THESIS 59
Additional Requirements as Defined by Department 72
Total Credit Hours90

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Graduate students pursuing a thesis degree program will be subject to a preliminary evaluation of their candidacy for the highest degree program they intend to pursue. The evaluation will be conducted by the end of the second semester of enrollment in the graduate program in the MSNE department.

By the end of the sixth semester of enrollment in the graduate program in the MSNE department, the student must pass an oral qualifying examination.

Each candidate for the PhD degree must complete a thesis that constitutes an original contribution to scientific knowledge (analytical or experimental). It is expected that the research will be of sufficient importance and quality that positive results would lead to publication. On completion of the thesis, each candidate for the PhD degree must pass a final public oral examination. The examination will be conducted by a committee consisting of at least three members. Two, including the advisor, must be MSNE faculty members, and one must be a faculty member from another department.

Candidates for the PhD degree program in Materials Science and NanoEngineering are required to provide teaching assistance to the department as a teaching assistant or grader for at least 4 semesters, but no more than 6 semesters.

For additional details and information, please see the degree requirements on the MSNE website

Policies for the PhD Degree in the field of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering Graduate Program Handbook

For more detailed information regarding the PhD degree program policies, please see Materials Science and NanoEngineering department's Graduate Handbook, which can be found here: 
http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2017_18/Material_Science_Nano_Engineering_Graduate_Handbook.pdf

For additional information, please see the Materials Science and Nanoengineering website: https://msne.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the PhD Degree in the field of Materials Science and NanoEngineering

For additional information, please see the Materials Science and Nanoengineering website: 
https://msne.rice.edu/