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Chemistry and Biochemistry (MSc, PhD)

Join a community focused on scientific discovery with our thesis-based Master of Science and Doctoral programs in chemistry and biochemistry. Both degree programs involve coursework and research under the supervision of a faculty member.

As a U of R graduate student, you will receive a variety of hands-on experiences in laboratories and research labs that cover broad areas of chemistry and biochemistry ranging from fundamentals in your fields of study, to applied experiences in environmental areas and industrial areas, as well as disciplines related to medicine.

You’ll work closely with prominent researchers and learn in world-class facilities in the following fields:

  • Analytical/physical chemistry including nuclear magnetic resonance and chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • Biophysics of biological interfaces
  • Chemogenomics
  • Enzymology/chemical biology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Inorganic/organometallic chemistry
  • Proteomics and bioinformatics
  • Supramolecular organic photochemistry and photophysics
  • Synthetic organic chemistry
  • Theoretical/computational chemistry

Prepare for a future with strong job prospects. Chemists and Biochemists are in high demand in areas such as chemical manufacturing, federal and provincial government departments, laboratories for the protection of health and the environment, as well as testing a wide range of chemical and food products across the manufacturing industry.

Learn from the best! Chemistry is one of only six subjects taught since the University of Regina began as Regina College in 1911.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Meet Your Faculty

Quick Facts

Program: Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry (thesis-based) Master of Science (MSc) in Biochemistry (thesis-based) Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Chemistry Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Biochemistry
Length: Master’s Degree: 2-3 years Doctorate: 4 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Regina?

Our graduate students benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities, close interaction with supervisors, and conducting their own research in a collegial environment.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Frequently Asked Questions

What degree do I need to qualify for the Master of Science program?
For admission to the Master of Science program, you must have a four-year bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry with an overall average of at least 70 per cent.
What are some of the courses that chemistry and biochemistry graduate students take?

BIOC 827AG Chemical Biology

Chemical biology can be defined as an interdisciplinary science where chemistry is applied to problems in biology. Many topics in this fast growing field are covered including protein engineering, abzymes, chemical genetics, genomics/proteomics, ribozyme/DNAzyme, metabolic engineering, antibiotic resistance, DNA nanotechnology, and chemical ecology.

BIOC 822 Biochemical Control Mechanisms

Control mechanisms for the regulation of metabolic pathways and biosynthesis of macromolecular components in procaryotic and eucaryotic organisms, examined in terms of regulation of enzyme synthesis and activity as well as the regulation of RNA and DNA synthesis.

CHEM 858 Topics in Spectroscopy

Specialized topics in spectroscopy related to student and staff interest. Suggested topics may include: Raman, IR, UV, circular dichroism, fluorescence, high-resolution, time-resolved, or single-molecule spectroscopy.

CHEM 857AE Industrial Chemistry

Overview of industrial chemistry including business considerations and chemical evaluations, patents, and process chemistry. Agrichemicals, blends and additives, basic inorganic chemicals, oil extraction, emulsions, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, polymer, water issues, and Saskatchewan chemical industries will be covered.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Fully-qualified students accepted into our graduate programs are generally guaranteed financial support in the form of scholarships, fellowships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships to help cover tuition and living expenses.

Once you have been accepted as a fully-qualified graduate student with no conditions or holds on your admission, then you are eligible to apply for our scholarships, awards, or graduate teaching assistant positions.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholarships and Awards

R.A. Kelln - J. Neuhard Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology

Faculty of Science Graduate Funding

  • Paul W. Riegert Memorial Scholarship in Graduate Studies
  • Gerhard Herzberg Fellowship
  • Saskatchewan Innovation and Excellence Graduate Scholarship

Apply for these scholarships, and more, by visiting our Graduate Awards Portal (GAP), the U of R online graduate scholarship application system.

All Graduate Funding Opportunities

Visit our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website to learn about all graduate funding opportunities including:

  • National Scholarships (including Tri Council funding)
  • Awards to Study Abroad
  • FGSR Funding/Special Awards
  • Funding for Indigenous Students
  • Funding for International Students
  • Other Awards and Scholarships
  • External Scholarship Opportunities
  • External Student and Faculty Awards

What Can You Do with a Chemistry or Biochemistry Degree?

Upon successfully completing their programs, our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers. Some have stayed in academia as postdoctoral fellows, lab instructors, lecturers, and Chemistry or Biochemistry professors in North America and Asia. Others pursue professional programs such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and optometry. Graduates have also pursued careers as research scientists at international companies including IntelliSyn, Quantiam Technologies, K+S Potash Canada, Syngenta Crop Protection Canada, and Septodont, as well as at public agencies including the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The jobs graduates go on to include:

  • Chemist
  • Biochemist
  • Research scientist
  • Lab technologist
  • Lab manager
  • Development chemist
  • Food safety manager
  • Clinical research coordinator
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