Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Collaborative Programs

A collaborative program is created by two or more graduate programs at Western bringing their experience and expertise together in order to provide graduate students with an opportunity for advanced interdisciplinary studies in a field of studies beyond their home program.  The result is a unique student experience combining a broad base home program curriculum with a more focused development within a particular collaborative area.  Upon completion, students earn a degree enhanced by the resources and requirements of both programs.

Eligibility

  • Applicants to a collaborative program must first be offered admission to a participating graduate degree program. 

Application Procedure

  • Application for admission to the program should be made following admittance to a participating department and, normally, prior to the commencement of the first semester of the program.
  • In addition to the requirements of the application to a participating graduate degree program, the collaborative program will have a distinct application process.  Please visit the collaborative program website for more information.

Degree Requirements

  • In addition to the degree requirements of the home program, additional requirements are specified by the collaborative program. Collaborative program requirements are normally met with elective room in the home program, and can include:
    • common core course(s)
    • seminar(s) or activity that routinely brings students and faculty together
    • completion of any research requirements for the home program, within the collaborative program discipline area, under the supervision of a graduate faculty member associated with the collaborative program

Western currently offers twelve collaborative programs for students to consider:

Biostatistics

Biostatistics is the area of statistics concerned with medical, biological and agricultural applications. It is currently a very active area of statistical research. The collaborative program combines epidemiological and medical subject matter with a strong grounding in statistical theory and methodology and is directed towards students who are preparing for a career as a biostatistician in government, industry or academia.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=235.

Developmental Biology

The purpose of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Developmental Biology is to create a community of graduate students with an interest in Developmental Biology and to provide specific courses to support and teach that community. Our aim is to train Developmental Biologists who will go on to make significant contributions to the field.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=236.

Engineering in Medicine

Modern advances in engineering science and technology have enabled the rapid development of miniaturized medical devices, customized implants, sophisticated diagnostic instrumentation, precision surgical robotics, and information technology for e-Health. The healthcare industry has become one of the world’s biggest industrial sectors providing a wide range of job opportunities in research, product development and patient care.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=237.

Environment and Sustainability

The Collaborative Program in Environment and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary enrichment program designed for current graduate students who wish to become specialists in specific aspects of environment and sustainability, and who also wish to gain an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and solutions.  The student earns a degree in the home department plus credit for participation in the enrichment program.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=238.   

Global Health Systems in Africa

The Collaborative Graduate Program will augment the training received in the student’s home department by providing specialized training in scholarship related to Global Health Systems in Africa. The objective is to provide students with a transdisciplinary, knowledge-to-action, systems approach learning experience (in both research-based and professional programs) in order to become global leaders with an understanding of one of the most challenging, complex areas of the world. Students will explore thematic areas inspired by the 2015-2030 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals where Western University has established strengths such as in poverty reduction; maternal and newborn child health; HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases; environment and sustainability; and food and nutrition.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=270.

Migration and Ethnic Relations

The Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations at Western University brings together graduate students and faculty to study questions of migration, ethnic relations, cultural diversity, conflict, acculturation and the integration of migrants, from the perspective of various social science disciplines. The collaborative experience for students is an add-on to existing well-established graduate programs in AnthropologyGeographyHispanic StudiesHistoryPolitical SciencePsychologySociology, and Women's Studies and Feminist Research. Students register in and meet the requirements of one of the collaborating discipline-specific graduate programs, as well as having the opportunity to participate in the program in Migration and Ethnic Relations. The combination of solid disciplinary training with advanced interdisciplinary training provides students with the tools necessary to better understand and conduct research in the area of Migration and Ethnic Relations.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=239.

Molecular Imaging

Molecular imaging is a new and rapidly emerging biomedical research discipline that involves the non-invasive detection of changes in the expression of genes, molecules and cells in vivo over time. It may be defined as the visual representation, characterization and quantification of biological processes at the cellular and molecular levels within intact living organisms.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=240.

Musculoskeletal Health Research

The Collaborative Graduate Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research will develop scientists with the research and leadership skills necessary to build transdisciplinary research teams focusing on integrated therapeutic, surgical and rehabilitative approaches for the management of bone and joint diseases.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=241.

Planetary Science and Exploration

The Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration hosts the only planetary science graduate program in Canada. Students are usually registered in either the Department of Physics & Astronomy or the Department of Earth Sciences. This program emphasizes original student research; small group discussion of literature and current developments; an interdisciplinary approach; and hands-on experience gained through laboratory and/or fieldwork. Graduates of this program have gone on to careers in industry, government and academia.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=242.

Scientific Computing

Scientific Computing aims to provide students from different disciplines with solid hands-on knowledge of how different computational techniques can be used in, for example, physical, biological and social sciences. The program consists of course work and research on the fundamental principles and techniques in computation in order for the students to be able to carry out computationally intensive work in their own field. The emphasis of the program is on the development of state-of-the-art methods and the application of these methods to real-world scientific problems. Examples include the development of algorithms, application of symbolic methods, high-performance computing, parallelization, data analysis and visualization.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=246.

Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

The Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction offers two academic programs which provide students with interdisciplinary instruction in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Students explore aspects of transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction, including societal and state transition relating to development, democracy, the environment, the economy, human rights, politics, peace agreements, peace building, justice after atrocity, and social rebuilding.

For more information including participating programs: grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=244.