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MSc Research in areas of Cell Biology, Cancer, Neurobiology/ Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Disease

Admissions Prerequirement


The Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario accepts students proceeding to the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Applicants must hold an honours degree or equivalent, in a Life or Allied Health Science, or a degree in Dentistry, Medicine or Veterinary Science. An applicant with a general degree is usually required to spend one year in appropriate course-work before being allowed to register as an M.Sc. student. The minimum standard for admission is a 80% (A-) average for the most recent two years of undergraduate study, or the most recent 10 full senior level courses taken. Meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.


MSc Research in areas of Cell Biology, Cancer, Neurobiology/Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Disease


Application Procedure

Please note the Department cannot pre-evaluate copies of transcripts to ascertain if you should apply to our program. A complete application must be submitted for review.

Applicants are responsible to ensure that a complete application package is submitted. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be assessed by the Graduate Program Committee.

To Apply please click on the following link:

  1. Two Reference Letters (collected electronically upon receipt of application) Reference letters should be from faculty who are familiar with your work. Once your application has been submitted, Western will transmit electronic requests to your referees on your behalf. We recommend you contact your referees to ensure they have received these requests.
  2. Application Fee of $100.00 Canadian (payable at time of completing online application)
  3. Transcripts: If you have attended or are currently enrolled at any Ontario University or college other than University of Western Ontario, you MUST use the electronic application process in order to request transcripts. Transcripts will be delivered electronically to the Department.

Past or current students of the University of Western Ontario do NOT need to provide transcripts. This information will be obtained internally.

Other Canadian, US or international transcripts see below:

Arrange to have sent directly to the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology (address below):

1. OFFICIAL**Transcripts (photocopies are not acceptable):

All transcripts (provinces other than Ontario, US and international) must be forwarded, one official copy to the department (mailing address below).

If International transcripts are not in English, one should be in the original language and one should be the translation.

**Transcripts are considered official if they are received in an institute envelope which is sealed and signed by the official person in the office issuing the transcript.

2. Original TOEFL score. (If your first language is NOT English please arrange to have an original score sent directly to the University from the issuing office). Western's TOEFL ID is 0984.

3. Landing Papers - For permanent residents of Canada only, please include a photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card or a photocopy of your Record of Landing.


Application Deadlines:

November 1, 2013 (for a January 2014 start date)
February 1, 2014 (for a May 2014 start date)
June 1, 2014 (for a September 1, 2014 start date)

*Applications received close to or on the deadline may not be approved in time for the desired start date.

*Note for International Students: Application deadlines do not take into account the time needed to obtain a Study Permit. International applicants should allow a minimum of two terms prior to the proposed start date of their graduate program to obtain Student Authorization.


Graduate Program Start Dates:

Winter Term 2014 - January 1, 2014
Summer Term 2014- May 1, 2014
Fall Term 2014 - September 1, 2014

Applications CANNOT be considered until a fully completed application package is received by this Department. Incomplete applications will not be assessed by the Graduate Committee. The Graduate Committee will review applications and applicants will be informed in writing regarding admissibility. Final admission to the RESEARCH area in Anatomy & Cell Biology depends on the applicant identifying a faculty member willing to supervise and financially support the MSc candidate for a minimum of two years and also approval from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Students are advised to talk with and visit the laboratories of potential supervisors.

Please review the Research of Faculty members for information regarding areas of research and supervision possibilities.

Applications and all other inquiries should be addressed to:

Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
The University of Western Ontario
Medical Sciences, Room 443
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1

Phone: 1-519-661-3014
Fax: 1-519-661-3936

Information regarding scholarships, thesis regulations and the graduate calendar may be found on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.


Applications From Overseas

Applications from countries other than Canada are encouraged. However, the fees for non-resident students are approximately two and a half times higher than those for Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Bursaries are available, which reduce the fees to the level paid by Canadian residents. Such bursaries are awarded, on the basis of merit, by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

If your first language is NOT English you must include official proof of proficiency in English, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) and obtain a score of at least 92 with no individual score below 20. TOEFL scores should be sent to the University of Western Ontario, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Code 0984)

University regulations prohibit the acceptance of students who have not attained this standard. The Department requires that students from other countries provide documentary evidence of adequate financial support for the duration of their studies


Residence Requirements


For qualified applicants, the usual period of study for the M.Sc. is two years (minimum one year), and for the Ph.D. from two to four years (minimum two years after an M.Sc. or 3 years after an honours degree).