Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)

Overview

In the Chemistry department Faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduates and staff members work cooperatively in a collegial environment to tackle some of the world's most pressing problems related to energy, health and sustainability.

Research areas in the department cover a wide range of subject matter, including applied chemistry, chemical synthesis, biological chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical analysis, materials chemistry, chemical physics and theoretical chemistry.

What makes the program unique?

All students admitted into our graduate programme will receive a competitive stipend. Tuition fees are paid for all qualifying PhD students, as part of complete multi-year funding packages that also include funding via Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA).

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.

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Chemistry
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Science

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Meet a UBC representative

Virtual Office Hours

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Date: Thursday, 05 September 2019
Time: 14:00 to 15:00
Join us for a short presentation on the application and admissions process, academic requirements, and general overview of graduate studies at UBC, followed by Q&A with Grad Studies staff and graduate student ambassadors. Ask questions in advance when you register. Please note that Virtual Office Hours is not program-specific, and we will not be able to provide answers to questions that involve specific personal information.

Great Grad School Applications

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Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
Learn about the application process, and general academic and admissions requirements. Develop a timeline for meeting deadlines, scheduling language tests, getting your documents ready, and reaching out to letter writers and supervisors. As well, join us on a virtual tour of the UBC Grad Studies website to point out important resources.

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.

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

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver Ph.D. program in Chemistry will receive a funding package of at least $21,000 for each of the first five years of their program (contingent on satisfactory teaching and research performance). The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships.  In addition to this salary, Ph.D. students receive full tuition awards paid for by funds from the Graduate Student Initiative and the Faculty of Science for the first five years of the program.

Career Outcomes

192 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 3 graduates are seeking employment; 5 are in non-salaried situations; for 31 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 153 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (9)
Harvard University (4)
University of Saskatchewan (2)
University of the Fraser Valley (2)
Simon Fraser University (2)
University of Oklahoma
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NUST)
University of South Australia
Kyushu University
University of Prince Edward Island
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Gilead Sciences (3)
Zymeworks Inc. (2)
Scripps Research Institute (2)
Sciex (2)
Agensys Inc. (2)
Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (2)
Theravance Biopharma Inc. (2)
GlaxoSmithKline (2)
PACEAS Technologies
Clinical Research Institute of Montreal
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Scientist (8)
Research Scientist (7)
Research Associate (3)
Principal Scientist (2)
Director (2)
Lawyer (2)
Investigator (2)
Research Scientist II (2)
Senior Research Scientist (2)
Senior Chemist
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Alumni on Success

Peter Caravan

Job Title
Co-Director, Institute for Innovation in Imaging and Associate Professor of Radiology
Employer
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Tracey Stott

Job Title
Lawyer
Employer
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Sherry Zhao

Job Title
Director, Business Development
Employer
Mitacs

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
Applications239280183140169
Offers6770446465
New registrations4040342521
Total enrolment211192182163161

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 89.16% based on 83 students admitted between 2005 - 2008. Based on 87 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 9.00 years with an average of 5.88 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: 23 September 2018].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - 12:30pm - Room 200

Lev Lewis
Gelation of Cellulose Nanocrystals

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 (Combinatorial Chemistry, 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 (Atmosphere (Including Chemical Aspects), Physical and analytical chemistry of atmospheric aerosols)
  • Bizzotto, Dan (Electrochemical Systems, Surface Characterization, Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Layers, Sensors and Devices, Electrochemical and Fuel Cells, 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 (Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms, Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis, 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 (Metabolic measurements, 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)
  • Love, Jennifer Ann (Metals and catalystic processes)
  • MacFarlane, Andrew (Chemical physics, Electronic and magnetic properties of crystalline solids, especially strongly correlated materials such as the cuprate high temperature superconductors)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Omar Sadek
    "Dr. Sadek demonstrated novel uses of organofluoroborates as sources of fluorine for chemical reactions, and synthesized boron and fluorine containing fluorescent molecules with novel structures and properties. These works serve to expand the chemical reactivity of organofluoroborates as well as the development of potential tools for medical imaging." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Christopher Mark Brown
    "Dr. Brown developed metal complexes that manipulate light. He demonstrated that the number of oxygen atoms bonded to a sulfur atom can finely tune the properties of metal complexes, in particular regarding the colour of light emitted from a material. This work opens a new avenue of control for lighting technologies." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Peter Michael Edwards
    "Dr. Edwards developed new methods for using air and water sensitive catalysts for the synthesis of amines with minimal generation of waste. He has also used these methods to create new molecules that could have potential uses in the development of new pharmaceuticals." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Kevan Dettelbach
    "Dr. Dettelbach demonstrated how ultraviolet light could be used to produce a silver-copper alloy that is difficult to obtain through commonly used methods. This alloy has applications toward clean energy conversion." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Victoria Emilie Irish
    "Dr. Irish researched the concentrations, properties and sources of particles that catalyse the formation of ice crystals in clouds in the Arctic. The results from this research will be used in numerical models for predicting future climate in this region." (May 2019)

Further Program Information

 
 

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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