Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Master of Science (MSc)



Meet Shalane Basque, MSc candidate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Supervisor: Dr. Marie Savundranayagam

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
Before attending Western as a graduate student, I was working in an International Consortium of Communication, Aging and Neurodegeneration as a Research Assistant. Through this opportunity, I was able to meet professors who encouraged me to explore my research passion.

Describe your research.
Interventions to support persons with dementia and their caregivers are a growing research area. However, the focus is primarily on the care for persons with dementia and do not always include the needs and concerns of the family member caring for the person with dementia. I would like to investigate goals set by family caregivers of persons with dementia prior to a behavioural intervention.

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
I have been fortunate to have a fantastic supervisor and advisory committee who are available to support my learning. In addition, Western has valuable workshops and resources that I like to take advantage of as often as I can. I strongly suggest attending library workshops, grant writing seminars and attending public lectures.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Do your research prior to the program. Find an area of research that you are passionate about. From there, find a supervisor that is an expert in the field related to your interests. Be sure to know the expectations and teaching style of your supervisor to ensure it aligns with your learning style.

Once in the program, dedicate your time and energy to your research. It is helpful to find people with similar research interests in order to discuss struggles and accomplishments. Your research should be your primary focus; however, it is also important to participate in extracurricular activities or hobbies you enjoy that are stress free.

What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about helping people. I am a Behaviour Therapist and truly see the value in supporting the family unit. I hope to be able to use my experience in order to support the needs of family caregivers.

What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I would like people to know that I am open to anyone who would like advice about career choices or future life decisions. I am an older student who is returning to school after already having one career. My path was not always straight, but I am fortunate to learn from all my life and work experiences.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Janet Holmes (jholme52@uwo.ca)
Administrative Assistant

Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Western University
Elborn College Rm 1014
London, Ontario N6G 1H1

t. 519-850-2440
f. 519-850-2469

The graduate program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University provides both master's and PhD students with a unique opportunity to explore issues and ideas related to the health of Canadians, and others, in an inter-disciplinary forum. The program involves research that will contribute to the theoretical and practical knowledge of health and rehabilitation disciplines along with contributions to new, emerging aspects of health and rehabilitation that cross disciplinary boundaries. The interdisciplinary nature of our program allows students to tailor their studies to specific interests. The depth and breadth of the nine fields of study allow us to offer a unique and innovative graduate program.

The Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program also offers four combined clinical programs which include; physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, speech-language-pathology.

Times to Completion

  • 6 Terms (2 years)

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

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

Admission Requirements

  • Four-year degree from an accredited university.
  • Achieved at least a 70% average over the last two years of the undergraduate degree.

Note: Equivalent or professional qualifications may be considered based on the standards of the discipline or profession.

Additional Requirements

Although applications are processed centrally, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members to discuss their research interests and possible research projects. However, individual faculty members do not directly admit students.

International Applicants:
  • Currently, we have very few openings for international students and any available spaces are highly competitive. Excellent language capabilities and endorsement from a prospective supervisor are required, and only exceptional applicants can be considered at this time.

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)

  • May 1 - Please contact the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program for acceptance notification timelines

Fields of Research

  • Health and Aging
  • Health Professional Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Hearing Science
  • Measurement and Methods
  • Occupational Science
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Speech and Language Science