Graduate programs

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Our Chemistry and Biochemistry Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs rank among the top in the country. We also participate in the collaborative M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Nanotechnology, the first of its kind in Canada, and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), dedicated to pursuing a wide variety of theoretical and experimental approaches to quantum information. See our list of faculty and their research interests to explore your options.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Programs

Research in chemistry encompasses a broad range of topics relevant to life and environmental sciences, to the development of new materials and nanotechnology, but also to improving our fundamental understanding of the world surrounding us. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Waterloo offer exposure to world-class research on many subjects including the core areas of analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, materials, nanotechnology, organic, physical, polymer and theoretical chemistry. Our programs prepare our graduate students for fascinating careers in the industry, government and academia.

Nanotechnology M.Sc. and Ph.D. Collaborative Programs

This interdisciplinary research program at the University of Waterloo is the focal point for graduate teaching and research in M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Nanotechnology. The program, jointly offered by three departments in the Faculty of Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy) and four in the Faculty of Engineering (Chemical, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical and Mechatronics, and Systems Design), provide students with a stimulating educational environment that spans from basic research through to application. The goal of the collaborative program is to allow students to gain perspectives on nanotechnology from a wide community of scholars within and outside their disciplines in both course and thesis work.

Quantum Information M.Sc. and Ph.D. Collaborative Programs

The University of Waterloo, home of the Institute for Quantum Computing, offers graduate students unique opportunities to learn about and engage in world-leading research in quantum information through a wide range of advanced research projects and advanced courses on the foundations, applications and implementation of quantum information processing. In particular, the University of Waterloo offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate program in Quantum Information that leads to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

This program is a collaboration between the Institute for Quantum Computing and: 

  • The Departments of Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Mathematics 
  • The Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science 
  • The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. 

See the Institute for Quantum Computing website for more information about the Quantum Information Collaborative Programs.