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Chemistry

Modern challenges in chemistry need new approaches and techniques. As a graduate student in chemistry, you’ll study and work in a renowned centre of innovative research. We offer MSc and PhD graduate degrees and emphasize special areas of research over the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry.

You’ll have access to resources and facilities that will help you hone your research skills. Your research will be overseen by our faculty, which include Canada Research Chairs. We'll provide you with international networking opportunities to help you establish your career.

Degree programs offered

In the MSc program you’ll take courses to broaden your knowledge, but research will be the core of your degree. We’ll give you the tools to become an efficient and productive scientist. In our MSc, you’ll learn skills that will help you in your future careers. You’ll be encouraged to publish your research in scientific journals and also have the opportunity to present at conferences.

The PhD program will complete your scientific training. You’ll collaborate with others and hone your research skills. Your unique, original research dissertation will contribute to our growing knowledge of chemistry. You’ll work hard and gain concrete rewards in knowledge and career skills.

PoND is a Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) training program. We need for better strategies against the growing threat of chronic diseases. This program addresses critical gaps in this research area. This program combines eight academic researchers from across Canada.

PoND offers trainees scientific knowledge and technical skills, as well as problem-solving and industrial perspectives. This makes them uniquely employer-ready for the pharmaceuticals and drug delivery sectors.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MSc 2 years Yes No
PhD 4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
On-campus
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Bioactivity
  • Catalysis
  • Kinetics/dynamics
  • Materials
  • Magnetism
  • Mechanisms
  • Medicinal
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymers
  • Sensors
  • Surfaces

Find a supervisor

All graduate students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

See our complete faculty listing for a full list of contacts for Chemistry.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)

Eligibility

  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $129
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

We offer entry points in September, January and May.

Canadian domestic student applications are due by the following dates:

  • June 15 for September entry
  • October 15 for January entry
  • February 15 for May entry

International student applications are due by the following dates:

  • May 1 for September entry
  • September 1 for January entry
  • January 1 for May entry

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary at chemgsec@uvic.ca or 250-721-7156.

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