Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemistry - Co-operative Program

The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

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Fields (areas of research)

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Co-operative
    • Doctoral
    • Joint
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • A Master of Science (MSc) degree (or equivalent) in Science with at least a minimum overall standing of 75% in the last 2 years (domestic students only).
    • A student is eligible to apply for direct admission to the PhD in Chemistry - Co-operative program if they have a first class Honours Bachelor of Science degree, or the equivalent, and is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. Course requirements are reduced by 1 course for students admitted directly to the PhD program from a Bachelor of Science (BSc).
  • Application materials 
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 


  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must successfully complete 2 one-term courses (0.50 unit weight) beyond the 4 courses that are required for the Master's degree.
    • 4 of the 6 required one-term courses, including the CHEM 794 Master's Seminar, must be completed within the first two academic terms in residence. Half of the graduate courses must be taken within the Department of Chemistry. 1 of the 2 graduate courses may be taken through other departments within their registered University or students may request a transfer credit for a course taken from another University to meet the course requirements. Students are advised to consult with their supervisor in the selection of courses.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Academic Integrity Workshop
  • Graduate Studies Work Report
    • After successful completion of the two terms of coursework, the candidate will spend one year (three terms) working in an industrial or governmental laboratory. Registration in the Co-operative option commits students to the acceptance of employment either through a regular interview procedure organized by Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA), or, where their interests are best served, on an assignment that the (GWC)2 Centre may determine. On completion of the work year, a student will be required to submit a work report which will be evaluated by the (GWC)2 Centre and CECA. Following successful completion of the work year, the student will return to the (GWC)2 Centre to continue work on the PhD thesis and complete the PhD requirements.
  • PhD Seminar
    • Students must present a 30-minute seminar.
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
  • PhD Thesis
    • Students must submit and defend an acceptable PhD thesis.
  • Other requirements 
    • Direct admission from a BSc: students who are admitted directly to the PhD from a BSc are required to complete 4 regular graduate courses, a Master’s Seminar and research proposal (in the second term), a PhD Seminar and (oral) Comprehensive Examination (in the fifth term), and a PhD Thesis to complete their degree requirements.