What will I learn?

Our PhD program in Biological and Chemical Sciences is research-focused, and operates through an apprenticeship model where you will work closely with a faculty supervisor.

Your research will fall within one or more of our three areas of research strength: environment and health, biotic interactions, and structure and reactivity. The research component of the program is complemented by coursework, which is designed to emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to biological and chemical research.

Our program will turn you into an independent researcher capable of succeeding in careers in research, teaching, industry or government.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

This full-time program can be completed in four years. You’ll be required to present and defend a research proposal in conjunction with a qualifying exam, and write and defend a dissertation.

Careers

Potential future careers for our graduates include:

  • researcher/instructor in academia
  • university faculty member
  • research scientist in industry or government

Research Focus

Our program has three core research strengths:

Environment and health: research directed at issues affecting the environment that may ultimately impact global health on a broader scale.

Biotic interactions: research on the biotic interactions that occur at all levels of biological organization and how such interactions influence biochemical and cellular processes, as well as the fitness and survival of individuals, populations and ecosystems.

Structure and reactivity: research on structural properties of small molecules, polymers, biomolecules, as well as supramolecular assemblies such as protein complexes, nanoparticles and liquid crystals, and the relation between these structures and their physical, chemical, or biological activities.

Careers

Potential future careers for our graduates include:

  • researcher/instructor in academia
  • university faculty member
  • research scientist in industry or government

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,655.00 (US$ 15,219) per year
Please note this fee is for 2019 - 2020 and subject to change in the coming year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 September 2020

Venue

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo Campus,

75 University Avenue West,

WATERLOO,

Ontario (ON),

N2L 3C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree from a recognized university and have A- average in all graduate work. English language requirement: TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 89, with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the skills tests (speaking, writing, reading and listening); Paper-based TOEFL: minimum of 573, IELTS: minimum score of 7, PTE: minimum score of 60, CAEL: minimum score of 70.

For international students

Students must have the following:

  • A master’s degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or related disciplines with a minimum A- standing.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests and letters of reference.
  • Exceptional students may obtain early entry to the PhD program from our master’s programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry or Integrative Biology.

English Proficiency

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 89, with minimum skill scores of 21 in each of the skills tests (speaking, writing, reading and listening).

Paper-based TOEFL: minimum of 573.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 60.

The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment: minimum score of 70.

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About this uni

Studying at Laurier goes beyond being a great student at a top-rated university; it’s about being ready to take on whatever the future holds.

  • #1 in Canada for student satisfaction four years in a row
  • #1 in Canada for course instructors
  • #1 In Canada for extracurricular activities
  • Vibrant campuses in cities in Ontario, close to the US