Ph.D. program

The Ph.D. program is a research-oriented program leading to a thesis, with a number of course and seminar requirements. The degree typically requires four to five years of full-time study to complete.

Students select courses to match their background, interests and research specialization, with direction from their program advisory committee.  The minimum course requirements for students entering the Ph.D. program without first completing a M.Sc. degree are outlined below.  Where the Ph.D. program follows a M.Sc., the course requirements will be determined by the program advisory committee.  In some cases, the student’s program advisory committee, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, may require additional courses to address specific gaps in the student’s background or that are necessary to support the student’s thesis research.

General UNB graduate studies requirements and regulations, including dissertation requirements and final oral examination procedures, are described in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.

Course requirements

Specialization in Analytical, Inorganic or Physical Chemistry

i) CHEM 6010 Graduate Seminar I

ii) CHEM 6020 Graduate Seminar II

iii) CHEM 6030 Graduate Seminar III

iv) three term courses at the 4000 level or higher (minimum of 3 credit hours each)

Specialization in Organic/Bio-organic Chemistry

i) CHEM 6010 Graduate Seminar I

ii) CHEM 6020 Graduate Seminar II

iii) CHEM 6030 Graduate Seminar III

iv) a single term course at the 4000 level or higher (minimum of 3 credit hours)

v) two of the following:

CHEM 6430 Topics in Reaction Mechanisms I

CHEM 6470 Topics in Reaction Mechanisms II

CHEM 6480 Topics in Reaction Mechanisms III

Seminar requirements

i) Graduate students in the Ph.D. program are required to complete one graduate seminar course per year (CHEM 6010, 6020 or 6030) for up to three years, as noted above.  These courses require presentation of a seminar on a topic taken from the current research literature. 

ii) Near the end of their program, each Ph.D. student is also required to present a seminar to the department summarizing their thesis research project. 

In addition, the Department of Chemistry organizes a diverse series of research seminars by internal and external speakers throughout the year; all graduate students are expected to attend these seminars as part of their graduate program.

Qualifying Exams

PhD students are required to pass a qualifying exam within the first 16 months of starting their program.  Further details are available in the Chemistry Graduate Studies Handbook.