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Doctorate (PhD)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
4 years
90 credits
Start term
Fall, Winter, Summer

Program overview

The PhD in Chemistry allows you to build on your work as an independent researcher in an environment that combines chemistry, biochemistry, and physics. You will work alongside world-renowned faculty members whose expertise in areas such as environmental chemistry, bionanoscience and protein science will propel your research to the next level. The Centre for Research in Molecular Modelling (CERMM), The Centre for NanoScience Research (CeNSR) and The Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry (CBAMS) are recognized for their research excellence and highly qualified personnel training. Our faculty and researchers have published in numerous journals, including Nature and Journal of the American Chemical Society, and have received honours from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Program structure

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.    

Admission requirements

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.

Application process

Application deadlines


June 1 (Canadian resident)
February 1 (International)


September 1 (Canadian resident)
June 1 (International)


February 1 (Canadian resident)
November 1 (International)

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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