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Chemistry MSc

Admission Requirements

  • Honours or specialization degree in chemistry or biochemistry or its equivalent.
  • Comparable qualifications in related areas such as biology or physics may also be acceptable.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants requiring prerequisite courses may be required to take up to two such courses in addition to their regular graduate program. Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take a qualifying program. This does not apply to International Students.

Candidates for the master's degree may register on either a full-time or a part-time basis. It is also possible to carry out MSc studies on a CO-OP basis with the collaboration of an employer. Co-op MSc graduate studies are arranged as a form of a full-time or part-time program where the student conducts research of interest to the employer, normally in the employer's laboratory, but directs the project toward a thesis topic acceptable to the department at Concordia and under the guidance of an academic supervisor in the department. The student will spend one term, normally with the support of an employer, gaining experience teaching in undergraduate laboratories and participating actively in the departmental seminars. This program will be available in areas of chemistry and biochemistry where the department has the resources to provide a suitable academic co-supervisor. It is a condition of the program that the employers agree to the publication of thesis results. Prospective applicants should contact the Department for further details.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Chemistry Courses page for course descriptions.

Chemistry MSc (45 credits)

6credits of courses listed under the Chemistry MSc Topics Courses List, in the general field of the student's research project
3credits of courses listed from the Chemistry MSc Topics Courses List, outside the field of the student’s research project (acceptable to the supervisory committee)


CHEM 655 Master’s Research and Thesis (33.00)



CHEM 666 MSc Seminar (3.00)

Note: With permission from their supervisory committee, students are allowed to take graduate level courses from other departments relevant to their research problems, as partial fulfillment towards their degree requirements.

Topics in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

CHEM 610 Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 611 Advanced Bioanalytical Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 612 Analytical Separations (3.00)
CHEM 614 Modern Aspects of Mass Spectrometry: Metabolomics and Proteomics (3.00)

Topics in Bioorganic and Organic Chemistry

CHEM 620 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 621 Physical Organic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 623 Modern Aspects of Practical Mass Spectrometry (3.00)
CHEM 625 Nucleic Acid Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 626 Reactive Intermediates (3.00)
CHEM 627 Supramolecular Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 629 Polymer Chemistry and Nanotechnology (3.00)

Topics in Physical Chemistry

CHEM 630 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 631 Computational Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 633 Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 635 Interfacial Phenomena (3.00)
CHEM 636 Molecular Modelling of Proteins (3.00)
CHEM 638 Physics and Chemistry of Solid State Electronic Materials (3.00)

Topics in Bioinorganic and Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 640 Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 643 Organometallic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 645 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 646 Industrial Catalysis (3.00)
CHEM 647 Solar Energy Conversion (3.00)

Topics in Multidisciplinary Chemistry

CHEM 650 Selected Topics in Multidisciplinary Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 651 Nanochemistry (3.00)
CHEM 652 Nanomaterials Characterization (3.00)
CHEM 658 Aquatic Biogeochemistry (3.00)
CHEM 666 MSc Seminar (3.00)

Topics in Biochemistry

CHEM 670 Selected Topics in Biochemistry and Biophysics (3.00)
CHEM 674 Chemical Ecology (3.00)
CHEM 676 Structure and Function of Biomembranes (3.00)
CHEM 677 Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism (3.00)
CHEM 678 Protein Engineering and Design (3.00)

Topics in Instrumentation

CHEM 690 Selected Topics in Instrumentation (3.00)
CHEM 691 Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (3.00)
CHEM 692 Experimental Protein Chemistry (3.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

Seminars. Each student is required to attend and participate in departmental seminars.

Research Areas. Areas for possible research are listed before the PhD in Philosophy section.

Cross-Registration. Students may, with the permission of their supervisory committee, cross-register for courses currenting in the Topics categories in other Quebec institutions.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Program Specific Requirements. Students must obtain an assessment grade point average (AGPA) of 2.70 based on a minimum of 6 credits.
  3. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (3 terms) of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. The degree can normally be completed in two years (6 terms) of full-time study.
  4. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  5. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.
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