Regulations for the M.Sc. Degree in Chemistry
The minimum course requirement for the M.Sc. degree is four graduate modules or the equivalent, selected from any of the offered Chemistry modules, 600-level courses (one module credit each), or extra-departmental graduate courses (usually two module credits each). The minimum passing grade for any course is B-. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of two prescribed modules within their sub-discipline (see below). A maximum of one 600-level course may be included in the minimum course requirement. Additional courses beyond the minimum requirement may be recommended by the supervisory committee.
Colloquia and Seminars
All graduate students are expected to attend departmental colloquia and seminars regularly. M.Sc. students will present a departmental colloquium on their own research during Term 4 of their graduate program.
Options for M.Sc. students
1. M.Sc. Degree Option: Students must complete and defend an M.Sc. thesis reporting the results of his or her research within 24 months from entry into the M.Sc. program. The M.Sc. thesis will be examined by a committee of not fewer than three people - usually the student's supervisory committee plus one other faculty member selected by the supervisor. The candidate will defend the thesis at an oral examination normally held about two weeks after the completed thesis has been submitted to the Department. It is the policy of the Department and of the University that no student intending to graduate with an M.Sc. degree will receive financial support beyond 6 terms, or 2 years.
2. M.Sc. to Ph.D. Transfer Option: Students who have satisfactorily completed the requirements for the M.Sc. degree and have made satisfactory progress in their research are encouraged to apply to the department for transfer to the Ph.D. program, without first satisfying the M.Sc. thesis requirement. Transferring removes the need to write and defend a separate M.Sc. thesis, lets students use their research to date for the Ph.D. thesis, and potentially allows them to graduate with a Ph.D. degree faster. The transfer must occur within 22 months of starting the M.Sc. degree. The transfer examination involves the submission and defence of a report detailing the student’s research progress and a comprehensive proposal for future research. The transfer exam is designed to ensure that students have the skills to succeed in the Ph.D. program, including a good understanding of the scientific principles of their research and the ability to discuss research in a broader context.
For the transfer, the student is asked to submit a report summarizing research results to date, and outlining plans for your Ph.D. work (see the guidelines below). At the meeting, the student gives a 20-minute summary presentation, and field questions on your research and on related background knowledge. The whole meeting will last no more than 2 hours.
Guidelines for the preparation of the transfer report:
Details of the thesis requirements and the procedures for thesis submission and defence are described in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar (Sections 2.7 and 4.4) and on this School of Graduate Studies web page.
Information on graduate admissions, funding, fees, and programs of study is subject to periodic revision. The only official statement for these and other related regulations is the most recent online edition of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.