School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


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"My years at Queen’s have left me with nothing but good memories. It was a great experience, a great city and a great education. It was a solid foundation to launch a career. I wouldn’t be where I am today had I not chosen Queen’s.”

Will N. Rogers, Ph.D., 1980, Research Manager, Imperial Oil

Program Contact

Michelle Boutilier
Graduate Assistant
Chernoff Hall
90 Bader Lane. Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2616


Program Overview

A degree from Queen’s Department of Chemistry is highly regarded and an important consideration in today’s competitive science and technology job market. Our new $56 million state of the art building is home to the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance facility and its eight high-field instruments, an on-site Mass Spec facility with four mass spectrometers, an X-ray diffractometer, a CFI-funded facility for materials characterization and more unique equipment in faculty labs.


Students can conduct front-line, industrially-relevant research in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer, and theoretical chemistry and take part in interdisciplinary research in such areas as environmental, molecular modeling for drug design and various forms of spectroscopy. Our Chemistry Innovation Council, made up of industry and government leaders, advise students about career opportunities and help you establish contact with potential employers. Our students collaborate frequently with Environmental Studies, Engineering, Physics and other departments. Travel opportunities are available case by case. There is also the opportunity to get a dual degree in MSc in Chemistry with the University of Stuttgart.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Graduates from our programs have found work in universities and such leading companies as GlaxoSmithKline, IMSE, Maxxam, Apotex, Ingenia and others, in positions such as:

  • Research chemist
  • Research engineer
  • Scientist
  • Technical Leader
  • ICP Analyst
  • Professor
  • Post-doctoral fellow
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Sc. and M.A.Sc.: 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.Sc. : Course work, thesis

Ph.D.: Course work, research thesis, comprehensive oral exam, research seminar

Fields of study and Supervisors

To be considered for admission, submit a letter of intent and/or contact potential supervisors directly. Accepted domestic students must have a potential faculty supervisor in place before registering. International students must have a potential faculty supervisor interested in their Letter of Intent before applying.

Biological/Medicinal Chemistry: Michael C. Baird (Emeritus), R. Stan Brown (Emeritus), Cathleen M. Crudden, Andrew Evans, Anne Petitjean, Avena Ross, Victor A. Snieckus (Emeritus), Gang Wu, David L. Zechel

Computational/Theoretical Chemistry: Natalie M. Cann, Tucker Carrington, Jr., Nicholas Mosey, Gang Wu

Environmental/Analytical Chemistry: Diane Beauchemin, R. Stephen Brown, Erwin Buncel (Emeritus), Gregory Jerkiewicz, Philip G. Jessop, Hans-Peter Loock, Richard Oleschuk

Materials Chemistry: Michael C. Baird (Emeritus), R. Stan Brown (Emeritus), Erwin Buncel (Emeritus), Natalie M. Cann, Cathleen M. Crudden, Simon A.M. Hesp, J. Hugh Horton, Gregory Jerkiewicz, Philip G. Jessop, Guojun Liu, Donal H. Macartney, Nicholas Mosey, Jean Michel Nunzi, Anne Petitjean, Suning Wang, Gang Wu, Kevin Stamplecoskie

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

MSc. and PhD : minimum $23,000 per year from internal awards, research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Students holding NSERC scholarships will receive an additional $8,000, over their scholarship amount, in the first year and $6,000 in subsequent years. Additional funding is available through NSERC and OGS, as well as internal and provincial sources.

Academic Prerequisites

M.Sc.: 4-year honours Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in chemistry or a related science e.g. biochemistry, chemical physics, materials science or chemical engineering with a minimum second class standing (B+, 75-79%, 3.3 GPA). Previous research and teaching potential, as evidenced by publications, conference presentations and/or undergraduate teaching experience will also be taken into consideration.

Ph.D.: M.Sc. or equivalent in chemistry. Direct entry to Ph.D. for students without a M.Sc. is available with exceptional grades and significant research experience.

Students registered in our Master’s program who show exceptional promise and have a first-class standing may be admitted to the doctoral program without completing the requirements for the master’s degree.

Grades of all four years are considered Emphasis is placed on the final years and on evidence of improvement.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paperbased) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: March 1st to be considered for internal awards.We do accept later applications.

We encourage international students to apply early.

Yaoting Zhang
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