Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Program Websites

Program Contact

Susan Simpson (neuroscience@uwo.ca)
Program Coordinator

Robarts Research Institute

Western University
Robarts Rm 3203
London, Ontario N6A 5K8

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84039

The PhD in Neuroscience is a research intensive program that emphasizes the development of individual scholarship and excellence through the collaborative interactions within this interdisciplinary program. Students in the program experience a very wide exposure to all aspects of neuroscience research from cellular molecular to cognitive neuroscience. Student with an MSc usually complete this program within 4 years. Direct entry into the program by students with a BSc is possible for outstanding candidates.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

  • PhD students are currently given an annual stipend of 21,000 which includes (pending eligibility) a Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS) of 7,000 given directly toward the tuition amount; as well as a half Teaching Assistantship, pending they have no external scholarship. The remainder is supplied by their supervisor grant account.

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in Neuroscience or in a field with a strong neuroscience and research component, or an MD, DDS or DVS degree with some specialization in neuroscience.
  • At least an A (80%) over the final two years; this is equivalent to a high second class standing at some universities.

Additional Requirements

  • At present, only candidates with an MSc in a field closely related to Neuroscience from recognized North American or British universities are admitted directly into the PhD program. All others interested in the PhD program are first admitted to the MSc program. They may subsequently transfer to the PhD program within the first 18 months, provided that their progress is excellent and that they have a project that could be developed into a PhD thesis.

Test Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline(s)

  • February 10, 2016