Why Study Here?

The Department of Chemistry provides an outstanding environment for advanced studies in chemistry. Our department is among the best equipped and best funded in the nation.

Top-Notch Faculty

Our faculty are renowned for excellence in teaching and research.

World-Class Facilities

Our research support infrastructure is second to none.

Professional staff help students gain valuable hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment. Support facilities include laboratories for nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography and general analytical services, and shops for information technology, electronics, machining and glassblowing.

Our students also have access to two leading-edge facilities:

Unparalleled Research Opportunities

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

The research interests of our faculty encompass the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as interdisciplinary areas including chemical physics and bioanalytical, bioorganic, biophysical and medicinal chemistry. Materials science, glycoscience, organometallic chemistry and computational chemistry are also strong areas of interest.

The research programs of the faculty are broadly funded by several agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Science and Engineering Research (AHFSER), the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, and the Department of National Defence.

Funding is also provided through grants and from contracts with industries such as Novartis, Merck Frosst, Nova Chemicals, Imperial Oil, SCIEX, Shimadzu, Hewlett-Packard, Honda Motor Corporation and Synsorb Biotech Inc.

Financial Support


Canadian Students

International Students

Stipend: $29,250 $29,250
Stipend on Scholarship: >$32,000 >$32,000
Department Recruitment Awards (in addition to Stipend): $5,000-$10,000 $5,000-$10,000
Other rewards*: varies varies
Average Rent: $10,800 - $14,400 ($900-$1200 per month) $10,800 - $14,400 ($900-$1200 per month)
Tuition Fees** (Year): $5,600 (more info) $9,200 (more info)


*FGSR scholarships and awards

**Tuition fees include costs for Health Benefits Programs, Recreation/Athletics Facilities Fees, Public Transportation and more

Apply early! Early MSc and PhD applicants are eligible for nomination for entrance awards.