• Degree Offered: MSc & PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open, April 1 for scholarship consideration. 
  • Study Options: Thesis
  • Length: 2(MSc) / 4(PhD) Years
  • Entry Terms: Fall, Winter, Summer

Our degrees are centered on the development and performance of an original research project, culminating in a thesis. UNB Chemistry has a long history and an outstanding reputation, both nationally and internationally, for accomplishments in research. Our faculty lead innovative research programmes in all key areas of modern chemistry.

Recent graduates have gone on to work in industries including pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, materials science and chemical analysis, as well as education and academia. The broad range of research expertise provided by our faculty, coupled with excellent technical support and a collaborative environment, make our department an excellent environment for young researchers to develop their expertise and to make significant scientific contributions. 

We generally have about 15-20 graduate students in the program. Our graduate students have access to extensive research labs in the department – each research group have their own dedicated research space and facilities.

There are also some shared instrumental facilities, both within the department (e.g., nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray crystallography facilities) and elsewhere on campus (e.g., Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility). Technical support includes both a glass-blowing shop and an electronics shop housed in the department as well as the Science Stores for provision of research supplies and chemicals.

Research areas and current faculty

Analytical Chemistry

Drs. Bruce Balcom, David Burns, Anna Ignaszak

  • Electrochemistry
  • Sensors
  • New methods of chemical analysis with medical applications
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of materials

Inorganic Chemistry 

Drs. Barry Blight, Felipe Chibante, Andreas Decken, Adam Dyker, Anna Ignaszak, Gilles Villemure

  • Electrochemistry of thin films
  • Synthetic methods for unique materials
  • Functional materials
  • Molecular Sensors 

Organic and Bio-Organic Chemistry

Drs. Barry Blight, Larry Calhoun, Rodney Cooper, Ghislan Deslongchamps, Adam Dyker, Sara Eisler, Christopher Gray, David MaGee

  • Design and synthesis of new materials
  • Isolation
  • Synthesis and study of the biological activity of natural products
  • Development of new synthetic methods, computer-aided drug design
  • The relationship between chemical structure and biological activity

Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Drs. Allan Adam, John Neville

  • Molecular spectroscopy
  • High resolution laser spectroscopy
  • Soft X-ray spectroscopies
  • Computational study of electronic structure
  • Bonding and dynamics

Application requirements

  1. Students are encouraged to contact faculty prior to applying to secure research supervision.
  2. MSc applicants should hold an honours bachelor’s degree in chemistry or bio-chemistry with first or upper second division standing, minimum GPA 3.0/4.3 (70% or B).
  3. PhD applicants should hold a Masters degree in chemistry or a related discipline from a recognized university. Outstanding MSc applicants may be offered admission directly to the PhD program or have the opportunity to transfer from the MSc to the PhD program without first completing the MSc.
  4. Applicants are required to submit a complete application to the School of Graduate Studies, including a one-page statement describing their research interests and experience.
  5. International Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the English proficiency requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. This is normally done by submitting language test scores. Minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 550, with a TWE score of 4.0; internet based TOEFL minimum 79; IELTS band 7.0. 


Chemistry graduate students normally receive financial support of at least $19,000 or $20,000 / year (MSc or PhD, respectively) from a combination of teaching and research assistantships; a number of internal and external scholarships and fellowships are available to supplement this.

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Gilles Villemure, Director of Graduate Studies or Heidi Stewart, Graduate Program Assistant.

Office: F.J. Toole Hall, Rm. 15

Phone: 1-453-4781

Related: Chemistry Department 

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