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This program provides students with a strong research training in a field of chemistry so that they can build upon their foundational knowledge and laboratory working skills and start working as research chemists as soon as they enter the job market. The wide range of career paths in this field requires students to have both solid foundational training and great flexibility. Students personalize their program based on their aspirations and chosen career.
The goal of this doctorate program is to train high-level scientific researchers. Students must carry out a project in a very specific area of chemistry and will develop their existing research skills. Students must also use their existing knowledge, gain new knowledge, and reflect a great deal on their chosen topic. Through their project, students will be able develop their creativity and show their originality.
Although Université de Montréal is a French-language university, many of our research departments are open to creating a bilingual environment for students in graduate-level programs. These departments are aware of the importance of bilingualism in order for graduate students to succeed in their research careers. Students who are proficient in English are therefore welcome and accepted into graduate-level programs.
Number of credits: 87 mandatory credits, of which 84 are for research, a thesis, and a seminar. The 3 remaining credits are for one optional course.
Block 70A (3 credits):
- Section Seminars
Block 70B (Optional - 3 credits):
- Chosen from the graduate courses offered by the department.
Block 70C (84 credits):
- PhD Comprehensive Examination
To be admitted as a regular student in the PhD (Chemistry) program, candidates must:
- Meet the general admission requirements (section XX) of the “Règlement pédagogique de la Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales” (educational regulations of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies).
- Have an MSc in Chemistry (Thesis) from Université de Montréal or show proof of equivalent education
- Have obtained a grade-point average at the graduate level of at least 3.3 out of 4.3 or the equivalent.
- Have sufficient knowledge of English
All graduate students in the Department of Chemistry are guaranteed minimum funding that is comparable with what is offered in other Departments of Chemistry at other major Canadian universities. Note that tuition fees in Quebec are significantly lower than in any other province in Canada.
Several students receive NSERC postgraduate (master’s and doctoral) awards of $17,300/year and $21,000/year, respectively. A small number of prestigious NSERC awards are valued at $35,000/year.FRQ-NT graduate awards are valued at $15,000 (MSc) and $20,000 (PhD). For all NSERC and FRQ-NT scholarships, the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FESP) or the thesis supervisor offers a supplement to the award recipient. The Department of Chemistry also offers teaching assistantships in undergraduate laboratories at a level of approximately $3,000/semester to supplement research stipends.
The FESP also administers a number of scholarships, some of them for international students, to support their studies at the Université de Montréal:
- Intake scholarships ($2,000)
- Excellence Awards for international students ($17,500 to $20,500/year)
- FESP Excellence Awards
- Scholarships exempting students from differential tuition fees