Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Program Overview

Graduate Program Handbook : last updated 2017.01.16
The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST aspires to developing a world-best research program. Prerequisite to achieving the goal is a strong graduate program. The Department houses remarkable research facilities and availability, with which we provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop advanced competence in a wide spectrum of fields ranging from traditional chemical engineering to evolving areas of study. Each graduate student in the Department is expected to acquire the tools to develop and transmit new knowledge in a focused area of chemical and biomolecular engineering. The focused research areas include biotechnology, nanomaterials, catalysis, soft materials, and energy/environment/systems. Overview of each research area is described in the “Research” tab.
The Department offers several programs designed to confer academic degrees on graduate students. The students who meet the respective degree requirements will receive the Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. In both cases, they are asked to undergo formal coursework and mentoring. Course requirements vary between M.S. and Ph.D. programs; therefore, the students are advised to consult with degree requirements. All graduate students will select thesis advisor from the Chemical and Biomolecualr Engineering faculty and must submit dissertation, in order to receive the degree.
M.S. Degree Program
Prospective students whose final degree is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) will join the M.S. degree program. Typically, students with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and/or Biomolecular Engineering degree fulfill the department's requirements for admission. Students, whose bachelor's degree is in other disciplines such as chemistry, physics, engineering, or engineering science, must have a background that the Graduate Studies Committee considers satisfactory for the study of advanced chemical and biomolecular engineering. The admitted students are asked to select a thesis supervisor before they start the school, and to take coursework required for graduation.
The students who earn M.S. degree in Chemical and Biomolecualr Engineering are expected to apply knowledge of focused research areas into chemical and biomolecular engineering practice. The degree program typically runs for 2 years, after which the degree conferees can seek professions in industry and government-founded research organizations, or advance to pursue a Ph.D. degree.
Ph.D. Degree Program
A Ph.D. degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering represents excellence in research and intellectual pursuits. The extensive research resources supply a research environment for Ph.D. students to actively explore a wide spectrum of research areas. In recent years, the Department has enjoyed prosperity in terms of both quality and quantity of academic publications produced from the faculty. Central and essential to this success is hard work and first-class intelligence of Ph.D. students in the Department. Before admission to the Ph.D. program, the student must have an M.S. degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering or other disciplines that Graduate Admission Committee considers satisfactory for the advanced degree program. The doctoral candidate must also pass preliminary and final oral examinations covering the research program.
Upon graduation, those who earn a Ph.D. degree from the Department are expected to recognize the importance of education in fulfilling professional and personal goals, to demonstrate proficiency in writing and oral presentation skills for effective communication, to articulate and practice professional, ethical and societal responsibilities, and to use specific research capabilities in addressing various chemical and biomolecular engineering problems.