Applications and Admissions

Application deadlines


November 1 (for January start)

February 1 (first round considerations for September start, the program will accept complete applications up to July 31)

March 1 (for May start)

The above dates are an approximation and may change. Applicants should realize that applications received on or after the deadline may not be approved in time for the desired start date. International applicants should also allow time for visa processing.

To apply click Here and follow the instructions.

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 students must arrange to have transcripts submitted to SGPS as instructed on the application, as well as any other hard copy documents.

SGPS Resources

Phone line to assist applicants - (519)-850-2341

Application related inquiries -


Admission Requirements

The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physiology and Pharmacology. Both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees require the completion of a research-intensive thesis, course work and participation in our Department's weekly  seminar program.

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

Original TOEFL/IELTS 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. Please note that the Physiology and Pharmacology Graduate Program minimal acceptable scores are: TOEFL - 100, IELTS - 7.0 with no individual score less than 6.00. Test results must be dated no longer than one year prior to application.

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 Review Process: Completed applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee in The Department of Physiology and Pharmcology. Successful applicants are encouraged to browse the research interests of faculty mambers and contact those who work in an area in which you have interest. Alternatively, we encourage students to visit our Department and talk with faculty members and graduate students.

Financial Assistance: All students in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology are eligible for a stipend. Click here for details.

Further Information: If you have questions about Graduate Studies in Physiology and Pharmacolog at Western please contact:

Ms Susan McMillan
Graduate Administrator
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 5C1
Phone: 519-661-4224; Fax: 519-661-3827;

Dr. Lina Dagnino
Graduate Studies Committee Chair
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Office:  Health Sciences Addition, Room 200
Phone: (519) 661-4264
Fax: (519)-661-3827

Degree Requirements: Applicants must have obtained an Honours degree (4 year degree) or its equivalent in physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, biology or a related discipline prior to enrollment. A minimum academic average of 80% during the final two years of the undergraduate program is required. Applicants with an M.Sc.,degree in one of the named disciplines, or an M.D. or D.D.S. degree, will be considered for entry to the Ph.D. program, and under exceptional circumstances direct entry to the Ph.D. program will be considered for applicants holding an Honours degree. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

International Students: Students who are not Canadian residents and whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL examination. A score of 100 (internet based) or higher is required to be considered for admission. Please note that photocopies of TOEFL scores are not acceptable. When submitting an application please arrange to have an original score sent to the University, directly from the issuing office. For those wishing to enter the Ph.D. program, it is our Department policy that International students who have obtained a M.Sc. degree from an international institution normally enter the M.Sc. graduate program to start. After one year, research progress is assessed by the student's advisory committee and he/she may be transferred to the Ph.D. program.

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