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 Modeling (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.
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
CHEM 670 - Selected Topics in Biochemistry and Biophysics (3 credits)
CHEM 676 - Structure and Function of Biomembranes (3 credits)
CHEM 677 - Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism (3 credits)
CHEM 678 - Protein Engineering and Design (3 credits)
Topics in Instrumentation
CHEM 690 - Selected Topics in Instrumentation (3 credits)
CHEM 691 - Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (3 credits)
CHEM 692 - Experimental Protein Chemistry (3 credits)
9 credits – Research Proposal and Comprehensive Examination
CHEM 896 - Research Proposal and Comprehensive Examination (9 credits)
72 credits – Doctoral Research and Thesis
CHEM 856 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (72 credits)
3 credits – Seminar
CHEM 668 - PhD Research Seminar (3 credits)
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.
An original Statement of purpose that reflects your academic objectives (1 page maximum). It should outline your areas of research interest(s) or specific research groups with which you want to work and why you want to study at Concordia
Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
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.
Research assistant (RA) funding at a minimum level of $10,000 per annum is guaranteed for graduate students with satisfactory performance during the PhD residency period. All graduate students are additionally eligible to receive an annual teaching assistantship valued at $7,500 per annum. Beyond this base annual stipend of $17,500 per annum, income may be supplemented through various awards (see below) and/or supervisor RA top-ups.
Our graduate students continue to receive prestigious federal and provincial scholarships, including those from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Fonds Nature et technologies (FRQNT), the Quebec Network for Research on Protein Function, Engineering, and Applications (PROTEO), and the Center for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS).
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.
Other awards available through the Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of Graduate Studies include:
Concordia Merit Scholarship
Concordia University Graduate Fellowship
Faculty of Arts & Science Graduate Fellowship
Kanfi-Holzbaur Travel Award
Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence
Hydro-Quebec Graduate Award
John W. O'Brien Graduate Fellowship
Clara Strozyk Scholarship
Out-of-Province Fee Remission Awards
Faculty of Arts & Science Conference Travel Award
Consideration for Entrance Awards is automatically part of the admissions process for all new students. Other awards may be allotted on a competitive basis pending eligibility.
Faculty members have international reputations whose research is well represented in top academic journals. Their engagement in the scientific community is demonstrated by their representation on evaluation committees as well as their involvement in the organization of conferences from the local to international levels.
Graduate students organize and host an established, annual graduate student conference in the fall. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Research Conference invites graduate students throughout Canada and the northern United States to showcase their work and learn about the latest developments in academia and industry.
Our graduates are well positioned to pursue research careers in academia, industry and government sectors.
A number of our alumni have secured lecturer or professor positions in institutions around the world, including Singapore and Egypt, as well as those found in Greater Montreal, such as John Abbot College and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS).
Many graduates work in research and development departments of industries, including:
Other alumni work for institutions like the Montreal Antidoping Lab, or hold government positions at the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques.