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Graduate programs

The Department of Chemistry at UdeM is an excellent choice for anyone considering graduate studies. The Department is among the leaders in Canada, with an outstanding international reputation thanks to its superb research activities and facilities. Research by our MSc and PhD students is of key importance in this respect, and an essential aspect of their scientific training.

The Department's professors oversee roughly 36 research groups. Several professors hold prestigious chairs and fellowships, recognizing the excellence of their work, including the Canada Research Chairs in Stereoselective Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules, in Organometallic Catalysis, in Proteomics and Bioanalytical Spectrometry, in Bioengineering and Bionanotechnology, in Ultrathin Structured Films, in Polymer Biomaterials and in Supramolecular Materials.

Many faculty members have received tributes for the quality of their teaching, such as the Killam Research Fellowship, the Rutherford Medal or the Gold Medal from NSERC. Some professors are also Members of the Royal Society of Canada or Officers of the Order of Canada.

See the list of our professors' research interests.

Accelerated passage from MSc to PhD

MSc students with excellent marks, and whose research at the doctoral level will build on their work in progress, may apply to be fast-tracked directly to the PhD level without submitting a thesis.

Application is made toward the end of the student's 3rd term or in their 4th term of the master's program. Ask the Department administration for details.

Sciences are key at UdeM

Starting in 2018, the University's new Outremont site will house many of its science departments, including the Department of Chemistry. In addition to state-of-the-art laboratories, there will be high-tech classrooms and facilities for research and student life.

Follow the work on the new Outremont Site on the Web!

Job outlook

Chemists play a key role in a variety of important areas, such as:

  • Environmental issues
  • Energy
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • Materials
  • Computer modelling

They are employed in a large number of industries, for example:

  • Agri-food
  • Cosmetics
  • Petrochemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Metallurgical
  • Environmental
  • Plastics and rubber
  • Pulp and paper

According to the latest survey by the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, 96% of graduates with an MSc in chemistry are working full-time, with nearly 80% of them in a profession directly linked to their degree.

The job outlook for chemists will be attractive in the coming years, in part because of the positive impact of growing public awareness of environmental safety, legislative changes, technological innovations and scientific discoveries.

The fact that the Department of Chemistry at UdeM also maintains close links with many research laboratories in the Montreal area is a huge asset in terms of employment for our graduates.