What will I learn?

The PhD in Chemistry and Materials Science is a research-intensive graduate program focused on the intellectual development and advanced training of scientists in two fields of specialization:

  • Physical Chemistry, the study of physical principles which govern the behaviour and properties of chemical systems; and
  • Molecular and Materials Science, the synthesis and characterization of novel compounds and materials.

Students in this program are expected to complete all requirements within a minimum of nine terms (3 years) to a maximum of twelve terms (4 years) of continuous full-time registration. Candidates must meet a minimum residency of three terms, two of which must be consecutive.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$18,999.99 (US$ 15,355) per year
Tuition: CAN $6,333.33 per term; Ancillary Fees: CAN $245.91

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

Start date

10 January 2022


Lakehead University

Thunder Bay Campus,

955 Oliver Road,


Ontario (ON),

P7B 5E1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university and show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, students must have a master’s degree or its equivalent with an academic average as specified by the academic unit. An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of master’s courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year may be required at the master’s level to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year cannot be used as credit towards a doctoral degree. English language requirement: TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: Minimum Score: 85.

For international students

Normally, an applicant to the Program would be expected to have completed a Master's Degree in one of the fields of specialization (Physical Chemistry, or, Molecular and Materials Science). Applicants who do not have a Master's degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis and, if admitted, may have additional course requirements.

Students in year-1 of a Master's degree program in one of the fields of specialization may apply for transfer into the PhD Program provided that they have successfully completed 2.0 full course equivalents towards the Master's degree and have had their research proposal approved by the Program Committee.

Although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & Funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, you are encouraged to apply by February 1.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL (paper based): Minimum Score - 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score -213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score - 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS: Minimum Score - 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB: Minimum Score - 85; CAEL: Minimum Score - 60; CAE- Cambridge Assessment English ( C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): Minimum Score - 176 (no component score less than 169; PTE (Academic): Minimum Score- 58 (no component score less than 50).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Lakehead University

Lakehead University is a vibrant and forward-thinking institution that provides a transformative educational experience for students.

  • In Canada’s top 10 undergraduate universities
  • 1 of Canada’s most beautiful campuses (Huffington Post)
  • Based in Ontario, with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia
  • 97.7% employment rate within two years of graduation