College of Science

Department of Chemistry


The Chemistry Department at the University of Sulaimani was established in 1968, but due to political turmoil in 1981, the department, along with the university, was moved to Erbil by the Iraqi government. The department was re-established at the University of Sulaimani in 1995 with limited resources and with the help of a group of hard-working staff. From 1995 onwards, the department has been actively involved in many academic activities and research. The department has various research and teaching branches such as analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, petroleum chemistry, polymer chemistry, industrial chemistry, green and environmental chemistry, biochemistry, and nanoscience. The department is currently offering various degrees, including B.Sc. in Chemistry, high diplomas, M.Sc., and PhD. in all fields of chemistry.

Department Vision:

The department of Chemistry at UOS is nationally and internationally recognized, and it is one of the top departments at the level of universities. The vision of the department is to generate knowledge and skills by applying new technologies to teaching. We are encouraging our students to contribute to society through teaching, training, and conducting active research. The department of Chemistry distinguishes itself by its strong cross-disciplinary collaborations both within and outside the university and country.

Department Mission:

The department works hard to inspire and educate young minds, discover their talents, and conduct and maintain research and teaching at a high level. We are working to take the lead in finding solutions to problems of global significance through participation in international and national research networks. The department is offering research projects with a high emphasis on theory and practical training that is needed for the transformation of the budding chemist into a productive member of society, an independent researcher, and a productive scientist. Our goal is to use high standards for excellence in all branches of chemistry that will produce students in chemistry who can think critically.

Learning Outcomes:

At the department of Chemistry, students are expected to:

- demonstrate knowledge and skills in all branches of chemistry.

-perform and design scientific experiments in all fields of chemistry, be able to evaluate the scientific aspects, principles, and future directions of their study.

-be able to manage safety and health protocols and will be directed to work as a part of a team. -be able to explore new areas of research that help the society by addressing solutions to economic, environmental, health, and social problems.

- gain skills that help them employ critical thinking in the major chemistry branches such as organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry.

- have the ability to use literature in writing reports, submitting presentations, and publishing manuscripts, and they will gain enough knowledge to pursue postgraduate studies in a variety of disciplines such as pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, etc.

Study Methods:

Bologna System and all courses are taught in English Language ( theory and Practical) except kurdology.


The only official language at the Department of Chemistry is English; if students need extra explanation, the lecturers will invite them during office hours and explain things to them in other languages.


The duration of study at the department of Chemistry is 4 academic years, divided into 8 semesters, and the study is full-time. The study hours at the department will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. Most of the class lectures will be carried out before noon, while the lab parts of all courses start in the afternoon.

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