The Department of Chemistry at McGill offers a course of study for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The study program involves a balance of course work and research. The course work is designed to provide depth in the area of specialization, as well as breadth in related areas. The successful careers of McGill graduates over many years testify to the effectiveness of this process.
The M.Sc. program includes course work (typically 3 courses) and a significant research component, culminating in the submission of a thesis. This program typically takes 2 years to complete.
The Ph.D. program trains qualified individuals for careers in research, development, and teaching. The Ph.D. degree is considered a research degree and it is awarded primarily for creative work and originality. Stress is laid on the development of independent research. Upon completion of the program, the successful student will not only have contributed to the field of knowledge, but will also have developed skills as an independent, professional scientist. A series of graduate courses is required and will be selected to meet the specific needs of the student (i.e., courses related to current research). Most students require four to five years study to complete the Ph.D. degree. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree may apply directly to the Ph.D. program; an M.Sc. degree is not an admissions requirement