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Chemistry & Biochemistry (MSc)

Program overview

The Master of Science in Chemistry provides you with research options in numerous areas of growing importance such as: materials chemistry, medicinal chemistry, genomics, protein structure and nanoscience. Chemical sciences are fundamental in today’s world, impacting every aspect of our society from health to the environment. Our internationally renowned faculty will help you attain your research goals and you will have access to our specialized research centres and state-of-the-art facilities. The program allows you to experience the immediate impact of your research through a Co-op MSc program, in which research is conducted for an employer while directing your work towards a thesis project. Master’s students who wish to continue their academic training may transfer to the PhD program, with approval from the Graduate Studies Committee.

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.

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.

Chemistry MSc Topics Courses List

Topics in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Topics in Bioorganic and Organic Chemistry

Topics in Physical Chemistry

Topics in Bioinorganic and Inorganic Chemistry

Topics in Multidisciplinary Chemistry

Topics in Biochemistry

Topics in Instrumentation

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)

Your completed application will include:

  • Application form and Fee
  • An up-to-date, complete copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three Letters of Reference and assessment form
  • An original Statement of purpose written in your own words. It should outline your background, experience, goals, and why you would like to enter the program
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship (if applicable)
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English, are required to submit official language test scores, unless exempted.
    For IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 or more is required in each component; for TOEFL, a minimum score of 20 or more is required in each component. This Department does not give conditional acceptances to improve English.

Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures.

Chemistry MSc

June 1
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Feb. 1 (int.)

Sept. 1
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June 1 (int.)

Feb. 1
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Nov. 1 (int.)

We are committed to providing students the support they need to focus on their studies. Top students benefit from scholarships, and all students are eligible for research and teaching assistantships together with conference awards and other funding.

Salary support in the form of research and teaching stipends starts at a minimum of $17,500 per annum for all full-time graduate students (excluding Co-op students). Exceptional applicants may, upon entry to the program, be awarded a supplementary Arts and Science Fellowship of $5,000/year for two years.

The departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the Faculty of Arts and Science are seeking graduate students for specific research areas. Please visit this page for new opportunities regularly.

Please also consult the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s funding page and Financial Aid and Awards.

The department is housed in a custom-designed facility equipped with state-of the-art laboratories and research centres, groups or platforms. These facilities include:

Many of these facilities are shared with Concordia’s other ground-breaking science departments: biology, physics, psychology and exercise science. The proximity of researchers working in various disciplines helps foster innovative and productive collaborations.

See what our students are working on. Review an inspiring list of thesis topics.

Concordia has a long-standing tradition of preparing Master’s students for careers demanding a broad spectrum of research and technical skills. The program is designed to advance analytical and experimental knowledge in chemistry or biochemistry through a combination of specialized courses, seminars and a supervised original research project culminating in a thesis. In addition to departmental course offerings, students can take advantage of crossover teaching with other science departments, and workshops offered through GradProSkills to hone their soft skills.

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