Associate Professor and Head of the Department
R. Davis

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry is offered as full-time or part-time study.

A Master’s degree in Chemistry or related area from a recognized university is normally required for entry into the Ph.D. program. Students holding a Bachelor’s degree (Honours or equivalent) in Chemistry may be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. program. Students currently registered in the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Chemistry M.Sc. program for a minimum of three semesters may request transfer into a Ph.D. program. The transfer should be supported by the Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee and subsequent to satisfactory presentation of a written progress report and Ph.D. research proposal.

1. Candidates are normally required to write American Chemical Society (ACS) placement test(s) in the first two weeks of the initial semester of registration in order to determine an appropriate course program.

2. Candidates will be assigned a Supervisory Committee consisting of the Supervisor and at least two other appropriate faculty members appointed by the Dean on recommendation of the Chemistry Deputy Head (Graduate Studies).

3. The program of a candidate must be arranged by the Supervisor in consultation with the Supervisory Committee and the student before the second semester of registration. It is the responsibility of the Supervisory Committee to meet at least annually with the student, to provide guidance at all stages of the candidate’s program, and, in consultation with the student, to prepare annual written progress reports for submission to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

4. Candidates holding a Master’s degree from a recognized university are normally required to successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of graduate Chemistry courses with a minimum grade of B and to present a departmental seminar on a topic not directly related to the candidate’s research (Chemistry 6002) as well as a seminar describing the candidate’s research (Chemistry 6003). Courses taken towards a Master’s degree may not be repeated. Candidates not holding a Master’s degree must successfully complete at least 12 credit hours of graduate Chemistry courses with a minimum grade of B in addition to Chemistry 6002 and 6003.

5. Candidates are required to attend Departmental seminars.

6. Candidates must pass a comprehensive examination, as described in the GENERAL REGULATIONS, consisting of a three-hour written part covering topics in a chosen branch of Chemistry and, subsequent to the written exam at the discretion of the comprehensive examination committee, an oral exam designed to explore areas of perceived deficiency.

7. Candidates must submit and successfully defend a thesis deemed acceptable by two internal and one external examiner as outlined in the GENERAL REGULATIONS.


In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

6002. Doctoral Seminar
6003. Doctoral Research Seminar
6110. Analytical Chemistry II
6150. Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques
6151. Analytical Separations and Organic Mass Spectrometry
6152. Electroanalytical Techniques
6153. Techniques in Sampling, Trace Analysis and Chemometrics
6154. Business Management and Good Laboratory Practice
6155. Computers in Instrumental Analysis and Basic Electronics (Same as Med. 6070)
6190-9. Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry   
6201. Bioinorganic Chemistry
6204. Mechanisms in Catalysis
6205. Photochemistry of Transition Metal Complexes
6210. Organometallic Chemistry
6290-9. Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
6301. Quantum Chemistry II   
6310. Electronic Structure Theory
6324. Chemical Thermodynamics II
6390-9. Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
6401. Organic Spectroscopic Analysis I
6460. Organic Synthesis
6470. Physical Organic Chemistry
6490-9. Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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