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Graduate Students

The MSc program in Chemistry and Biochemistry is a research-based graduate program which covers traditional and modern disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry. Our research is interdisciplinary in nature, enriched by close collaboration between research groups within and outside the department.

We are a small and well-integrated department that provides students with a strong education in fundamentals and modern aspects of chemistry and biochemistry, rigorous research experience, and close mentoring and guidance from faculty members. Our main objective in the MSc program is to educate students to become independent researchers, educators and professionals with a strong scientific background who can confidently meet the existing scientific challenges in the contemporary global community. Our MSc program started September 2008.

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Curriculum

The MSc program is aimed at providing students with transferable practical skills, as well as a comprehensive background in a variety of close-knit chemical disciplines. Graduates will be prepared to use their acquired knowledge and experimental skills in organic, inorganic, biological, physical and analytical chemistry to solve multifaceted theoretical and experimental problems.

As a result of the strong emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to education, graduates will have a wide range of opportunities for employment in a variety of areas such as the pharmaceutical, medical, petrochemical, polymer, food and biotechnology industries. Graduates will also be encouraged to further pursue their studies in doctoral programs in chemistry, biochemistry and chemical education.

Objectives of the program are achieved in six consecutive terms through course work, a departmental research seminar presentation and a research-based master’s thesis including an oral defence.

Thesis

Your thesis must have a major focus on one of the main disciplines in Chemistry or Biochemistry (organic, inorganic, biological, physical and analytical) and a minor focus on one or more of the other disciplines, constituting a multidisciplinary approach.

Courses

A minimum of three one-term courses are required for this program, two of which should be closely related to the major discipline and the third of which should be linked to the minor discipline. A research seminar in the second year of the program (fourth term) will also be required for the completion of the MSc degree.

Contact Us:

Jane Davidson, Administrative Assistant

E: jadavidson@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2148
Office Location: Science Building, N3013A, Waterloo campus

Ian Hamilton, Department Chair

E: chemchair@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2669

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