Program list & descriptions

Chemistry ( Masters )

Research areas in this program are broadly concentrated in two areas. One is centred on physical chemistry, reaction dynamics, spectroscopy, and photochemistry - the Reactivity, Dynamics and Spectroscopy group (RDS). The second is centred on synthetic and structural chemistry with an emphasis on property-directed synthesis - the Property-Directed Synthesis group (PDS). The emphasis on two areas of expertise in place of the traditional sub-disciplines (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical) provides a broadly based graduate program in which collaborative interactions between individuals can flourish. Specialist expertise is recognized and developed, together with attitudes and skills essential for multi-disciplinary research.

Entrance requirements

Prequisite Minimum standing

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Application deadlines

Entry point Domestic students International students
September February 1 February 1
January June 1 June 1
May October 1 October 1

Exams and other requirements

  • GRE General and Chemistry test scores with a score in 85th percentile or better on GRE Chemistry subject test
  • For details, please consult the Chemistry website

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
Chair Neil Burford 250-721-7150 ELL 303
Department Secretary Sandra Carlson 250-721-7150 ELL 302
Administrative Officer Rosemary Pulez 250-721-7153 ELL 304
General Office/Receptionist 250-721-7152 ELL 301
Graduate Secretary Lori Aasebo 250-721-7156 ELL 301
FAX 250-721-7147
Co-op and Career Peter Cross 250-721-7713 ELL 118
Chem. Co-op Secretary Megan Cox 250-721-6122 ELL 119
Laboratory Supervisor Dave Berry 250-721-7170 ELL 334e
Glass Shop Sean Adams 250-721-7203 ELL 020
Mechanical Shop Chris Secord 250-721-7721 ELL 029
Electronics Shop Andrew Macdonald 250-721-7188 ELL 232
Electronics Shop Shubha Hosalli 250-721-7188 ELL 232

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

What other career development support does UVic offer?

UVic Co-op and Career can support you through every stage of your career development, through:

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Professional development
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Graduate Students' Society

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