Welcome to graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo. Our students are part of The Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry, (GWC)2, one of Canada’s largest and most successful chemistry graduate schools. The (GWC)2 is a joint program offered by the Departments of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph. You may apply for admission through either university. Your choice of University will not impact your final decision regarding supervisor or campus.
We invite you to explore our graduate program that is diverse in its research opportunities, world-class faculty (Waterloo, Guelph, (GWC)2) and research facilities and is supported by a strong graduate student scholarship program. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo participates in the Collaborative MSc/PhD program in Nanotechnology (PDF), the first of its kind in Canada, as well as the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), dedicated to pursuing a wide variety of theoretical and experimental approaches to quantum information.
Faculty research programs are funded by several agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Canada Space Agency (CSA). Industries such as General Motors (GM), Agilent Technologies, Merck Frosst, Imperial Oil, DOW Chemical, Geosyntec Consultants, CanDetec Inc., Sigma Aldrich, etc., also provide funding through grants and from contracts.
The centre is located in Waterloo region and Perth County and is rich in culture, sports activities and community awareness.
Please click on one of the subdisciplines of chemistry below to view a sample of the topics that are currently being investigated:
- Analytical chemistry
- Biological chemistry or biochemistry
- Inorganic chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Physical chemistry
- Polymer chemistry
- Theoretical chemistry
You may also want to investigate our colleagues at the University of Guelph.