Chemistry

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Take the next step toward becoming a leader in a field that occupies a uniquely central place in science. Develop new approaches to everything from sustainable energy to treatment of disease in our innovative doctoral program. Our award-winning department includes 40 faculty members and 100-plus graduate students focused on advancing knowledge and finding solutions to problems in areas such as cleaner energy, health, and chemistry for the quantum-nano world. As you design and conduct your own original research, you will benefit from the support of state-of-the-art laboratories and tools, while your imagination will be fed by the department’s extensive research presentations and talks featuring world-class experts in the field of chemistry.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Students participate in two research seminars focusing on studies of the literature or current research.
  • Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.
  • Additional Courses: May include electrochemical fundamentals, organometallic, organic, or inorganic chemistry, toxicology, or other topics.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.

Outcomes

Director of Research, Educator, Government Regulatory Scientist, Industrial Process Chemist, Medical Researcher, Research Scientist, Scientific Advocate (Business, Law, Government Policy), Team/Project Leader.

A PhD in chemistry is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Courses

One to four courses, depending on academic background

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four years full-time; six years maximum

Supervisor

Co-Supervision is required; supervisors must agree to oversee the student prior to application

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


  1. Tom Back

    Tom Back

    Seeking Students
    Organic & Medicinal Chemistry; Design and Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules
  2. Darren Derksen

    Darren Derksen

    Accepting Inquiries
    Organic synthesis and methodology applied to natural product development
  3. Farideh Jalilehvand

    Farideh Jalilehvand

    Accepting Inquiries
    Heavy Metal Complex Formation with Amino Acids
  4. Susana Kimura-Hara

    Susana Kimura-Hara

    Accepting Inquiries
    Drinking Water Treatment and Water Reuse
  5. Peter Kusalik

    Peter Kusalik

    Accepting Inquiries
  6. Justin MacCallum

    Justin MacCallum

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biophysical Chemistry, Integrative Structural Biology, Biomolecular Recognition and Design
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    Dr. Roland Roesler

    Accepting Inquiries
    Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry and catalysis.
  8. David Schriemer

    David Schriemer

    Accepting Inquiries
    integrative structural biology, proteomics, mass spectrometry
  9. Yujun Shi

    Yujun Shi

    Accepting Inquiries
    Physical Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  10. Samira Siahrostami

    Samira Siahrostami

    Accepting Inquiries
    Computational Catalysis

Admission requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system.

Minimum education

MSc required. A four-year honours bachelor degree with a minimum 3.70 GPA will also be considered.

Work samples

None

Documents

None

Reference letters

Two

Test scores

None


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based), with a minimum score of 20 in each section. Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 7.0 (Academic version), with a minimum score of 6.0 in each section.
  • MELAB score of 83, or higher
  • PTE score of 68, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of B,B,B (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents- apply by July 1
  • International students - apply by March 1

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents- apply by Nov. 1
  • International students - apply by July 1

For admission on May 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents- apply by March 1
  • International students - apply by Nov. 1

 

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Chemistry

Science A 229
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
403.220.6252

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

 

Faculty of Science

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Visit the Faculty of Science's website



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