M.Sc Degree in Clinical Anatomy


Admission Requirements


The Division of Clinical Anatomy will accept students who have a four year B.Sc. degree, a M.Sc. degree, a Ph.D. degree, or a degree in Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science or a health related field. The minimum standard for those holding a four year B.Sc. degree is a 80% (A-) average in the last 2 years of undergraduate study or the most recent 10 full courses.


Recommended Pre-requisites


A background in anatomy, histology and physiology is strongly recommended.


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. Supervisors are not required in order to apply to this program.

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


Deadline for Clinical Anatomy MSc - February 1, 2014 (for a September 2014 start date)
*Applications received close to or on the deadline may not be approved in time for the desired start date. Space is limited in this program.

*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.


Application Evaluations and Interviews:


Once all required documents are received and the application is complete, the Graduate Assistant will evaluate the application and submit it to the Graduate Affairs Committee for review. If the application is approved, the applicant will be invited for an interview. Interviews are normally held in March and April. Recommendations for offers of admission to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies generally take place following a recommendation from the Graduate Affairs Committee and a successful interview.

Graduate Program Start Dates:

Fall Term 2014 - September 1, 2014


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


Program Requirements


The Master's in Clinical Anatomy is designed for students interested in teaching, medical education research and imaging. Clinical Anatomy is a course-based program, starting in September and running for 20 months (5 terms).

Year 1 consists of courses in gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, attending educational workshops and group work from clinical seminars. The majority of year 1 is spent in the gross anatomy laboratory. Students are required to do a research project, to be presented at the end of their second year (5th term). Due to the course-based nature of the program and the firm September to April time-frame, part-time study is not possible The projects are typically in the area of 3D reconstructions, testing educational online tools or developing these tools, traditional dissection research related to clinical issues (eg. understanding variations for surgery, quantifying certain measurements used in surgery...)

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

Dr. M. Johnson Assistant Professor
Director - M.Sc. Program in Clinical Anatomy
Office: MSB 487