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Chemistry PhD

Admission Requirements

  • MSc degree in Chemistry with high standing from a recognized university.
  • Comparable qualifications in biology or biochemistry are also acceptable for applicants wishing to do graduate studies in biochemistry.
  • 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

Fast-tracking and Direct Entry. Upon recommendation by full-time members of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, students enrolled in the MSc Chemistry program at Concordia University who have completed a minimum of 6 credits of graduate level course work and who have shown themselves to be outstanding through performance in research may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies without submitting a master's thesis (fast-tracking). Exceptionally, outstanding students who have completed a BSc in Chemistry or Biochemistry and maintained a grade point average of greater than 3.50 in their last two years of study, as well as and those with external scholarships (NSERC, CIHR, FQRNT) may also apply to the PhD program directly from their BSc program (direct entry). A candidate entering the PhD program under direct entry is required to complete a minimum of 6 credits from graduate courses listed under Topics in addition to the regular 90 credits. Courses taken before students are accepted into the fast-track or direct entry are not transferable to the PhD program.

Co-op. It is also possible to carry out PhD studies on a Co-op basis with the collaboration of an employer. A Co-op graduate 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 90 credits.

Please see the Chemistry Courses page for course descriptions.

Chemistry PhD (90 credits)

6credits of courses listed under Chemistry PhD Topic Courses, in the general field of the student’s research project


CHEM 896 Research Proposal and Comprehensive Examination (9.00)



CHEM 856 Doctoral Research and Thesis (72.00)



CHEM 668 PhD Research Seminar (3.00)

Chemistry PhD Topic Courses

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 624 Organic Synthesis (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 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)

With permission from their supervisory committee students are allowed to substitute graduate level courses from other departments relevant to their research problems, or professional development (e.g., selected MBA courses) as partial fulfillment towards their degree requirements.    

Additional Degree Requirements

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

Cross-Registration. Students may, with the permission of their supervisory committee, cross-register for courses falling 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 3.00 based on a minimum of 6 credits.
  3. Residence. The minimum period of residence is two years (6 terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the master’s degree or three years (9 terms) of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent in part-time study) beyond the bachelor’s degree for those students who are permitted to enrol for doctoral studies without completing a master’s degree. It should be understood that this is a minimum requirement, and that a longer period may be necessary in order to complete all of the work that is required for the degree.
  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 3.00.

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