Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Program Websites

Program Contact

Shazia Donachie (Shazia.Donachie@schulich.uwo.ca)
Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology

Western University
Medical Sciences Rm 443
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 81524
f. 519-850-2906

The Anatomy & Cell Biology Program offers a modern collaborative training experience catering to the needs of the individual student pursuing an MSc or PhD degree. Our dedicated, award-winning mentors and state-of-the-art facilities provide a rich training environment in which students can immerse themselves in one or more academic disciplines, including cell biology, neurobiology, anatomical sciences, and/ or education scholarship. The Biological Research field is a research-intensive, thesis-based program designed to prepare students for a career as a research scientist in academia or industry. Our Clinical Anatomy field offers a unique training experience consisting of course work, research, and hands-on teaching experience; and is intended to prepare the next generation of medical educators and scholars.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years)
  • 15 Terms (5 years) - Transfer MSc to PhD

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Details

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

Admission Requirements

  • MSc degree or equivalent from an accredited university.
  • Minimum standard is a 80% (A-).
  • Research experience is required.
  • Direct-entry into the PhD program following completion of an undergraduate honours degree or through the MD/PhD program is possible. Previous research experience and a minimum average of 85% are necessary to be considered for Direct-Entry PhD.

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 1 - Fall Term
  • June 1 (pending spots remaining) - Fall Term
  • March 1 - *Summer Term
  • October 15 - *Winter Term

*Positions not regularly available for summer/winter start date.

Acceptance notifications for the fall term begin in March and continue until July 31.

Fields of Research

  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Neurobiology