Study with us
The Department of Chemistry provides a close-knit, multicultural environment in which graduate students can thrive both personally and academically. As one of the largest research-focused departments at the University of Manitoba, we take pride in providing our students with the tools and knowledge to participate in inspiring research projects and access our unique research facilities.
Participate in a broad spectrum of research
Our research areas include:
- Materials science
Learn more about our opportunities in research.
Explore our world-class facilities
We host a variety of state-of-the art instrumentation facilities and our highly skilled staff are available for service to researchers, students and the industrial community, including:
- Manitoba Chemical Analysis Laboratory (MCAL)
- Manitoba Institute for Materials (MIM)
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lab
- MALDI Mass Spectrometry Facility
- Centre for Oil and Gas Research and Development (COGRAD)
Discover our scholarships, awards and other financial supports
Graduate students play a central role in both the research and teaching activities of the Department of Chemistry. To allow graduate students to focus on their important work, we provide an annual stipend for all students admitted to our program. This financial support is guaranteed, provided the student continues to make satisfactory progress in their program.
Learn more about graduate student financial support.
Get involved in community outreach
The Department of Chemistry is actively involved in community outreach, offering magic shows, field trip destinations and early learning classroom visits from scientists. Students are encouraged to take advantage of volunteer opportunities and participate in outreach events.
Learn more about Chemistry's community involvement.
The Department of Chemistry offers a three-year program of study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry.
Expected duration: 3 years
The PhD program consists of a coursework and a substantial research component.
Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section, students must:
- Complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate level courses (including CHEM 7900 if not already completed as an MSc student)
- Attend a weekly colloquium given by staff or invited lecturers
- Pass a candidacy examination
- Complete and successfully defend a research-based thesis
Sample course offerings
- CHEM 7400: Topics in Biochemistry
- CHEM 7410: Spectroscopy and Molecular Structure
- CHEM 7460: Topics in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
- CHEM 7520: Topics in Physical Chemistry
- CHEM 7550: Design of Organic Synthesis
- CHEM 7580: Chemical Crystallography
- CHEM 7600: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
- CHEM 7800: Topics in Theoretical Chemistry
For a full list of courses and descriptions of each, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Admission decisions are based on the qualifications of the applicant as well as the ability of the Department of Chemistry and the University of Manitoba to serve the applicant’s intended program of study and area of specialization.
To be considered for admission to the Chemistry (PhD) program, you must normally hold a thesis-based Master of Science degree.
Students without a thesis-based MSc will be admitted as MSc candidates, with the option to transfer into the PhD program after one year of satisfactory studies.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
The Chemistry (PhD) program accepts applications for Fall, Winter and Summer entry. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Supervisor support
- Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application
- Proof of English language proficiency, if required
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.
Choose a supervisor before you apply
Chemistry MSc and PhD programs are research-intensive and because of this, applicants are required to select one of our faculty members to be their supervisor and preside over an applicant’s program before they are accepted for admission. See Applying for graduate studies for full details.