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.

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.

  • Chem 511 Topics in Instrumental Analysis
  • Chem 521 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chem 523 Organometallic Chemistry
  • Chem 526 Topics in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Chem 533 Organic Synthesis
  • Chem 536 Organic Photochemistry/Reactive Intermediates
  • Chem 537 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chem 555 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Chem 556 Topics in Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Chem 560 Research Tools and Special Topics
  • Chem 577 Computational Chemistry
  • Chem 590 Directed Studies
  • Chem 633 Topics in Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 634 Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 645 Advanced Electrochemistry
  • Chem 646 Surface Science
  • Chem 647 Materials Science
  • Chem 676 Polymer Science


Both MSc and PhD students complete a thesis.

  • Chem 599 MSc Thesis
  • Chem 699 PhD Dissertation

Discussion courses

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

  • Chem 670 Property-Directed Synthesis Discussion
  • Chem 680 Reactivity, Dynamics and Spectroscopy Discussion