Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Graduate Diploma (GDip)



Program Websites


Program Contacts

Tracey Koning (pathgrad@uwo.ca)
Graduate Program Coordinator

Dental Sciences Building, Room 4044

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 81549

Dr. Zia A. Khan (zkhan5@uwo.ca)
Chair, Research-based Graduate Programs

Dental Sciences Building, Room 4011

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 81562

The aim of the Graduate Diploma program is to bridge undergraduate and advanced graduate training, develop and expand student’s research skills, and facilitate developing tomorrow’s scientists who will make significant contributions to the advancement towards the understanding of disease.

Students in the Graduate Diploma program will carry out mentored, intensive basic science research in the laboratory of a graduate faculty member. In addition to developing and expanding research skills, students will enroll in courses specifically designed to introduce them to research terminology, theoretical research underpinnings, modern experimental models of human disease, and critical appraisal of scientific literature.

Program Length

  • 3 Terms (1 year)

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Course-based
  • Project-based

Funding Information

There is no set financial support package provided to students in the Graduate Diploma program. Although no stipend support is provided, students may be eligible to apply for available Teaching Assistant (TA) positions in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculty of Science.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have obtained an undergraduate degree in Science, Health Sciences or related fields. Although there are no prerequisites for entry into the program, courses in anatomy, biochemistry, histology and/or molecular biology are strongly recommended. A minimum academic average of 70% for both domestic and international students during the final two years of the undergraduate program will be required.

Additional Requirements

Students in Graduate Diploma program will be required to connect with a potential supervisor, prior to applying. Once a supervisor has been identified and is agreeable, the application process may be initiated.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last two years in one of the following:

Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency. Those graduates from CultureWorks or Fanshawe College’s ESL Program must provide official proof of graduation.

Application Deadline

  • February 1 - Fall Term (first round of offers deadline)
  • June 1 - Fall Term (second round of offers deadline)
  • March 1 - Summer Term
  • November 1 - Winter Term

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

  • 1.5 course credits [PATHOL 9586 (0.5), PATHOL 9587 (0.5), PATHOL 9588 (0.5)]
Milestones (Non-course related requirements) including:
  • Research Project (1 full year; 12 calendar months)