Why Graduate School?

A graduate education helps advance your knowledge in a particular field(s), fostering your intellect and enabling you to apply your research to the benefit of society.

Career Advantages

  • A graduate degree increases your competitiveness in the job market
  • Unemployment rates are historically lowest among those with graduate degrees (see fig. 1.1)
  • Average weekly income is highest among those who hold graduate degrees (see fig. 1.2)
  • Canada needs many more highly educated personnel in order to compete within the global economy
  • 35% more master’s and PhD graduates will be required over the next decade
  • Graduate degrees help keep training and skills current, increasing eligibility for career advancement

Academic Advantages

  • Provides the opportunity for in-depth exploration, collaboration and the intellectual satisfaction of discovering and acquiring new knowledge
  • Become an expert in your field
  • Work closely with world-class researchers in your area of interest
  • Contribute to important research and discoveries
  • Improve your C.V. or resume by publishing in journals and presenting your work at academic and professional conferences
  • Contribute within academia as a researcher or professor

For more information, please review Your Future: A Guide for Potential Graduate Students by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies.




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Susanne Schmid, Ph.D. Co-Director
Stefan Köhler, Ph.D. Co-Director

Program Coordinator
Susan Simpson

T (519) 661-4039
F (519) 661-4153

Western University
Robarts Research Institute, RRI 5260a
1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 5B7

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Areas of Research

Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience
Neural Substrates of Behaviour

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