Graduate courses


The Department runs an outstanding seminar series, featuring visiting scientists from academia and industry. Graduate students are expected to attend at least nine of these seminars each term, except in the summer when the series is on hiatus. Students who are unable to attend a full complement of nine seminars because of research or teaching commitments at UVic or at other institutions must make prior arrangements with the Chem 509 instructor each term.

In addition to attending seminars by external speakers, each graduate student will also present a departmental seminar on their thesis research, normally during Term 4 or 5 of an M.Sc. program, and during Term 10 or 11 of a Ph.D. program. These seminars will take place during two conference-format Graduate Student Research Days, one during Reading Break in November, the other during Reading Break in February. Attendance at these events is mandatory for all graduate students.

More information on Chem 509, including guidelines for seminar attendance is available here.

For a list of past seminars, visit the archive here.

Lecture courses

Graduate students take 2 (MSc) or 4 (PhD) lecture courses during their degree, chosen from the following list. Many of the courses are taught in tandem with fourth-year undergraduate courses of the same name. Not all courses are offered in any given term. Find out which courses will be offered in the years ahead.


Both MSc and PhD students complete a thesis.

Discussion courses

Graduate students participate in a weekly discussion of current research topics.