Chemical Physics Program

The Chemical Physics Program options for graduate study in chemistry at the University of Alberta enables students with a strong background in physics, or a strong interest in research in those areas of chemistry closely related to fundamental physics (areas usually called chemical physics), to pursue graduate work more effectively.

Students in this program must follow the academic requirements for graduate students in the Chemistry Department, with a few changes designed to best meet the needs of students in this interdisciplinary program.


The program allows students the substitution of demonstrable competence and/or advanced course work in relevant areas of Physics and Mathematics, in lieu of some of the normal clearance requirements and advanced course requirements in chemistry. Other students may be admitted to the graduate program under conditions set by the graduate admissions committee.


PhD students enrolled in the Chemical Physics Program are required to complete four graduate-level courses. At least two of these courses must be from within the Chemistry Department curriculum. Up to two courses may be taken in Physics and Mathematics.

MSc students must take three courses, at least one of which must be from within the Chemistry Department. Up to two courses may be taken in Physics and Mathematics. To be acceptable for credit, graduate courses from outside the Chemistry Department must have the approval of the student's supervisory committee.

Supervisory Committee

Each student has a supervisory committee consisting of three academic staff members from at least two divisions within the department.