PhD Program in Chemistry

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Admission Requirements

Graduates with a Master's degree in chemistry, normally with a minimum B average but preferably a B+. Graduates with an honours degree in chemistry interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree, must first register as Candidates for the M.Sc. degree. If their progress is satisfactory, they may be transferred into the Ph.D. Program and advanced to Candidate (Ph.D. I) for the Ph.D. degree, generally after 24 months, and without necessarily completing the thesis requirements for the M.Sc. degree. A graduate student wishing to be apply from the M.Sc. Program for admission to the PhD Program must write a report of his or her year's research and submit this for approval to an Examining Committee.

Degree Requirements

(a) All entering students plan a research program with their supervisor at the start of their degree studies. Progress in research is monitored by the Supervisory Committee through annual enrollment in the Research Evaluation courses (Chemistry 7001 3.0). This requires an annual progress report consisting of a written paper, a public oral presentation, and an oral examination, usually in May each year. Satisfactory progress in research results in credit for Chemistry 7001 3.0 and a statement of the student’s progress in the student’s record. In the event of failure to achieve satisfactory progress, the student is normally required to withdraw from the program.

(b) In addition to Research Evaluation, each student must take a minimum of two full courses (12 credits) from those offered by the Graduate Program in Chemistry. These should be chosen in consultation with the student’s supervisor. For students entering the PhD program with an MSc degree, a maximum of six credits may be allowed for courses taken at York University or at another recognized university.

2. Dissertation and Oral Examination
Candidates must conduct a research study and report the results in an appropriate dissertation form. The research and dissertation should demonstrate the candidate’s independence, originality, and understanding of the area of investigation at an advanced level.
After the submission of the dissertation, which must be formally approved by the Supervisory Committee, an oral examination, normally centred on the dissertation and matters related to it, is held behind closed doors in front of an Examination Committee.