Master of Science in Chemistry (MSc)

Overview

As one of the world's leading Chemistry Departments, we create an exceptional research and learning environment for advancing and sharing knowledge that emphasizes excellence, equity and sustainability. Research areas include:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biological & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Catalytic Processes
  • Chemical Education Initiatives
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Interfacial and Surface Chemistry
  • Materials & Polymer Chemistry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Nuclear and Radiochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical & Theoretical Chemistry

 

What makes the program unique?

Outstanding facilities and resources accommodate more than 500 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty that call the Department of Chemistry home. The Department has one of the most comfortable and up-to-date research spaces in North America, and offers MSc and PhD degrees - both degrees require graduate courses and research work reported in a thesis.

Courses offered in the Chemistry Department cover a wide range of subject matter, from synthetic organic chemistry to chemical physics and theory.

The department is one of the most well equipped research facilities along the west coast and is fortunate to be located in a breathtaking locale that includes ocean, mountains and mild climate.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Science
Subject
Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Chemistry
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Science

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Research Information

Research Focus

Applicants who are interested in nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and application, and nanoscience instrumentation may consider the NanoMat program that provides additional funding and professional development opportunities. Applicants who are interested in the production, preparation, and application of nuclear isotopes for science and medicine may consider the IsoSiM program. Applicants who are interested in quantum materials may consider the QuEST program.

Application Notes

Chemistry strongly encourages all international applicants to apply for direct entry into our PhD program, as the number of admissions offered to international MSc applicants is very limited.

Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

92
23
22
23
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Highly recommended

GRE required?

Required by some applicants (check program website)

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 April 2020
Transcript Deadline: 30 April 2020
Referee Deadline: 30 April 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 March 2020
Transcript Deadline: 31 March 2020
Referee Deadline: 31 March 2020

January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 June 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 August 2020
Transcript Deadline: 31 August 2020
Referee Deadline: 31 August 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 August 2020
Transcript Deadline: 31 August 2020
Referee Deadline: 31 August 2020

Funding Sources

M.Sc. students currently receive a minimum annual funding package of $23,000. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships and are generally renewable for a total of two years, contingent on satisfactory teaching and research performance.

Alumni on Success

Clement Cheung

Job Title
Chemical Operation Technologist
Employer
Phyton Biotech LLC

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications92145112106119
Offers1222215140
New registrations119192218
Total enrolment3542484449

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 78.79% based on 33 students admitted between 2009 - 2012. Based on 35 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 4.00 years with an average of 2.63 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 27 October 2019].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Algar, Russ (Luminescent Materials; Bio/Chemical Sensing; Materials synthesis and biofunctionalization; Understanding the nanoparticle interface; New energy transfer configurations for sensing and imaging; Point-of-care diagnostic devices; Intracellular sensing)
  • Andersen, Raymond (Chemicals produced by marine organisms)
  • Berlinguette, Curtis (CO2 conversion and utilization, clean energy , advanced solar cells, electrochromic windows, dynamic windows, hydrogen fuels production, catalysis, robotics and automation, machine learning / artificial intelligence)
  • Bertram, Allan (Physical and analytical chemistry of atmospheric aerosols)
  • Bizzotto, Dan (electrochemistry, interfacial analysis, biosensors, spectroelectrochemistry, electrocatalysis, self assembled monolayers, fluorescence microscopy)
  • Brooks, Donald (microgravity research (space station, etc); diagnostic testing device; Centre for Blood Research; biomaterials, Organic chem, blood research)
  • Brumer, Harry (enzymes, polysaccharides, carbohydrates, biomass, cellulose, plant cell walls, microbiota)
  • Burke, Sarah (Scanning probe microscopy, organic materials, nanoscale materials, surface physics, photovoltaics )
  • Chen, David (Instrumentation)
  • Chou, Keng Chang (Chemical physics)
  • Ciufolini, Marco (organic chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic synthesis, synthetic methodology, natural products, Environmentally responsible preparative reactions)
  • Dake, Gregory (Organic, bioactive, metal as catalyist)
  • Fryzuk, Michael (energy; fuel cells; hydrogeny economy; nitrogen fixation, Metal, energy)
  • Gates, Derek (Inorganic chemistry, materials science, polymer chemistry, catalysis)
  • Grant, Edward (Spectroscopy, molecular electronic structure, Chemical physics)
  • Hein, Jason (discovery, design and study of new organometallic and organocatalytic reactions; investigating complex systems where multiple pathways compete, partitioning the active catalyst among many possible pathways)
  • Hepburn, John (Chemical physics)
  • Huan, Tao (Metabolomics, Cellular Metabolism)
  • Hudson, Zachary (development of new materials to address issues of sustainability in chemistry and materials science)
  • Jetter, Reinhard (Analytical Chemistry, Plant Ecophysiology, Plant Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Biological Chemistry)
  • Kennepohl, Pierre (spectroscopy, electronic structure, paramagnetic resonance, X-ray absorption, X-ray emission, sulfur radicals in biology, enzymatic catalysis, transition metal catalysis, Relationship between electronic structure and reactivity in catalytic systems)
  • Krems, Roman (Theoretical chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy, Dynamics of few- and many-body molecular systems in electromagnetic fields)
  • Li, Hongbin (Biophysical chemistry, biomaterials, single molecule studies, biological, atomic force, polymer chemistry)
  • MacFarlane, Andrew (Chemical physics, Electronic and magnetic properties of crystalline solids, especially strongly correlated materials such as the cuprate high temperature superconductors)
  • MacLachlan, Mark (Supramolecular Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Cellulose nanocrystals, Chitin, Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry)

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Further Program Information

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Faculty Overview

Academic Unit

Program Identifier

VGMMSC-D6
 

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September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 April 2020
International Applicant Deadline
01 March 2020

January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 June 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 August 2020
International Applicant Deadline
01 August 2020
 

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