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Chemistry (PhD)

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 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.

Program details

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.

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.    

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 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
  • 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 PhD

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June 1 (int.)

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Nov. 1 (int.)

Courses typically offered include:

  • Topics in Biochemistry
  • Topics in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Topics in Bioorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Topics in Physical Chemistry
  • Topics in Bioinorganic and Inorganic Chemistry

Consult the Graduate Calendar for a complete list of current courses.

Funding at a minimum level of $20,000 per annum in financial support for up to four years is guaranteed for graduate students with satisfactory performance each year. This financial support is a combination of research bursaries from your supervisor in support of your thesis research, teaching assistantships from the Faculty, and entrance awards available through the Faculty of Arts and Science and the School of Graduate Studies. Consideration for Entrance Awards is automatically part of the admissions process for all new students.

Our graduate students continue to often 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 Quebec Center for Advanced Materials (QCAM).

Please also consult Concordia’s graduate funding page and Financial Aid and Awards.

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.

Areas of faculty research expertise include:

  • organic chemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • materials and nanoscience
  • physical and biophysical chemistry
  • computational chemistry and molecular modeling
  • analytical chemistry
  • metabolomics
  • biochemistry and natural products
  • enzymology
  • protein structure and function

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.

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

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:

  • Agilent Technologies
  • Perkin-Elmer
  • Algorithme Pharma
  • Picarro Instruments
  • Elementar
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • CN Creative
  • SCP science

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.

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