You are reading the 2024/25 Academic Calendar. The 2023/24 version remains in effect until August 31, 2024 and is available here.



Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.



R. Algar, R. J. Andersen, C. P. Berlinguette, A.K Bertram, D. Bizzotto, H. Brumer, D. D. Y. Chen, K. C. Chou, D. P. Gates, E. Grant, J. Hepburn, R. Jetter, R. Krems, H. Li, A. MacFarlane, M. MacLachlan, P. Mehrkhodavandi, T. Momose, G. N. Patey, D. Perrin, O. Rojas, K. Ryan, G. Sammis, L. Schafer, J. C. Sherman, S. Straus, M. E. Tanner, M. O. Wolf.

Associate Professors

S. A. Burke, G. Dake, J. Hein, Z. Hudson, M. Thachuk, Y. A. Wang.

Assistant Professors

N. Borduas-Dedekind, I. Cooke, A. Hariri, T. Huan, E. Nichols, J. Reid.

Program Overview

The Department of Chemistry offers a wide variety of research programs leading to degrees of M.Sc. and Ph.D. across the full breadth of chemistry, including inorganic, organic, analytical, biological, physical, theoretical, nuclear, environmental, and materials chemistry.

These programs are supported by an extensive in-house service infrastructure, the TRIUMF cyclotron, and radioactive beams facility (ISAC), as well as support personnel and cutting-edge research equipment.

Research facilities can accommodate over 300 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and academic staff.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to hold an M.Sc. or equivalent in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or related fields or a B.Sc. with a 86% average in an honours or combined honours chemistry program or equivalent. Students in the M.Sc. program may transfer into the Ph.D. program at the end of their first year, provided they meet the transfer requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Department.

Program Requirements

Coursework in the Ph.D. program is assigned in accordance with the recommendation of the Department and the student's supervisory committee.

All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination.The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to hold: an honours degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or physics, or a combined honours degree in chemistry and physics, chemistry and mathematics, chemistry and biochemistry, chemistry and oceanography, or chemistry and biology; or a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering with at least second class standing; or a single major in chemistry with at least second class standing; or the equivalent to any of the above.

Program Requirements

The program requires a thesis and 12 credits of graduate or advanced courses in chemistry and/or related subjects.

International Three-Two B.Sc./M.Sc. Degree Partnership in Chemistry

A partnership between the Chemistry Department and select European universities provides eligible students with a study exchange experience allowing for the completion of both Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degrees. A brief overview is provided below with detailed information available at International Three-Two B.Sc./M.Sc. Degree Partnerships.

Laddered Degree Option (for UBC undergraduate students)

Eligible UBC undergraduate students have an opportunity to complete a B.Sc. degree from UBC and a M.Sc. degree from a Partner university. For further details, see Chemistry.

Consecutive Degree Option (for students at Partner universities)

Eligible students first complete a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry at any Partner university then complete a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry at UBC. In total, this requires three years of study at a Partner university and two years of study at UBC. Students apply during their final year of study for the B.Sc., and must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the UBC Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students in good standing will have the option of transferring to the UBC Ph.D. program after one year.

Contact Information

Department of Chemistry
2036 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604.822.3266
Fax: 604.822.2847

UBC Crest The official logo of the University of British Columbia. Urgent Message An exclamation mark in a speech bubble. Caret An arrowhead indicating direction. Arrow An arrow indicating direction. Arrow in Circle An arrow indicating direction. Arrow in Circle An arrow indicating direction. Chats Two speech clouds. Facebook The logo for the Facebook social media service. Information The letter 'i' in a circle. Instagram The logo for the Instagram social media service. Linkedin The logo for the LinkedIn social media service. Location Pin A map location pin. Mail An envelope. Menu Three horizontal lines indicating a menu. Minus A minus sign. Pencil A pencil indicating that this is editable. Telephone An antique telephone. Plus A plus symbol indicating more or the ability to add. Search A magnifying glass. Twitter The logo for the Twitter social media service. Youtube The logo for the YouTube video sharing service.