Research Areas

We offer MSc and PhD degrees requiring both course work and thesis research.

The research interests encompass not only the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry but also span many interdisciplinary areas including:

  • chemical physics,
  • bioanalytical,
  • bioorganic,
  • biophysical,
  • medicinal chemistry,
  • materials science,
  • glycoscience,
  • organometallic chemistry,
  • and computational chemistry.

Graduate Program Options

MSc Program

The Master of Science program in chemistry is a thesis-based program of study where students conduct a research project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Upon completion of their research (typically over 2 years), students will present and defend their thesis to an examination committee to obtain their degree.

For program requirements, visit the MSc program page.

PhD Program

The PhD program in chemistry is a thesis-based program where students undertake research with faculty supervision. Typically, the research falls within the areas of analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry. Students are also required to four one-term graduate courses in addition to completing their research, and they must present a seminar to the Department of Chemistry on a subject other than their research topic.

For program requirements, visit the PhD program page.

Chemical Biology Program

The Chemical Biology Program is another option for graduate studies for students with strong backgrounds in biochemistry or who are keenly interested in conducting research in the areas where chemistry and the biological sciences intersect. The format and academic requirements for this program are similar to those of the other graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry; however, there are some differences designed to meet the needs of students in an interdisciplinary program.

For more information and requirements, visit the Chemical Biology page.

Chemical Physics Program

Similar to the Chemical Biology Program, the Chemical Physics Program is designed to accommodate students with strong interests in interdisciplinary graduate studies. In this case, the students focus their research on topics where chemistry and physics intersect.

For more information and requirements, visit the Chemical Physics page.


One of the university's specialized graduate programs includes ATUMS, or Alberta/Technical University of Munich International Graduate School for Hybrid Functional Materials. This program includes collaborative research exchange visits for three to six months with UAlberta's German partner, Technische Universität München (TUM).

Students in this program focus on hybrid functional materials with a focus on high efficiency energy storage.

For more information about this program, visit the ATUMS page.

For more details regarding program requirements and for the current Academic Schedule, please consult the online University of Alberta Calendar.