In choosing Western, you will join a community of scholars in an enriching and collaborative environment, forming intellectual partnerships that will last a lifetime. Some of Canada’s foremost scientists, entrepreneurs, CEOs, academics and public servants have studied at Western, and you too can become a member of our esteemed alumni, joining the ranks of more than 260,000 proud graduates.
A graduate education helps advance your knowledge in a particular field, fostering your intellect and enabling you to apply your research to the benefit of society. During your graduate career, we will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you get the most out of your learning experience to help attain the career you have imagined for yourself.
We invite you to share in our tradition of excellence and experience the advantages of a Western graduate degree.
As one of Canada's largest research-intensive universities, first class research facilities and infrastructure are available to all of our graduate students.
With annual research funding in excess of $225 million and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. The University is committed to providing superior support for both individual scholars and large interdisciplinary groups, while firmly establishing an entrepreneurial research culture that encourages the practice of innovation across the campus.
Prospective students are encouraged to visit Scholarship@Western to see recently published dissertations and examine the ground-breaking work of current Western PhD Students.
One of Canada’s leading centres for medical research, Robarts is a tight-knit community of interdisciplinary researchers with the shared goal of improving human health. Home to world-renowned scientists in biological, clinical, and technological research, Robarts provides mentorship and training for a number of Western graduate students.
As the research institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, and working in partnership with The University of Western Ontario, Lawson Health Research Institute is one of the largest hospital-based research institutes in Canada and a major teaching and training environment for tomorrow’s scientists. Its ‘bench to bedside’ philosophy means researchers focus their efforts on the development of new knowledge that can be applied directly to patient care within the hospitals.
In addition to being affiliated with London’s extensive hospital system, Western is home to a number of innovative research facilities and centres that are unique in the world, including:
Western, including Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute, have formed a technology transfer consortium called WORLDiscoveries that encourages the entrepreneurial research culture in London and seeks to develop small and medium-sized enterprises in the region. Technology transfer initiatives play a significant role in job creation and economic development by turning research and development into practical applications and products that can be commercialized through industry.
The University of Western Ontario is an international university committed to supporting faculty research around the globe, and to providing students with an education that prepares them to live, work and actively contribute within international economies, cultures and and societies.
Home to collaborations on every continent, and to faculty, staff and students who have been trained around the world, Western is firmly situated within the international milieu. This level of engagement enhances the University's ability to attract the highest calibre of personnel and increases its capacity to develop strong, mutually beneficial collaborative research initiatives that provide benefits to Canada and the broader world.
For more information, please visit Research@Western.
A multi-ethnic centre set in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, London is the region’s economic hub. With a population of more than 350,000, London is Canada’s tenth largest city and is an ideal environment to live and pursue your studies. Big enough for a ‘big city’ experience, it provides an extensive health care system, cultural and entertainment centres while providing the safe and clean atmosphere of a small community.
London is called The Forest City in reference to its numerous, beautiful pathways and acres of rolling parkland. Its tree-lined boulevards and green parks invite cyclists and pedestrians to discover the charms of the city, built at the fork of the Thames River. Just down the road from Western, you will find the vibrant Richmond Street in the city centre – a blend of culture and heritage for you to explore.
Important factors in deciding where to attend graduate school are the location and the cost of living in that community. London offers many benefits of a large city without the high cost of living.
We experience four distinct and beautiful seasons, ranging from warm summers to colourful autumns, crisp, snowy winters, and refreshing springs. Each season brings with it, its own beauty and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Autumn is the perfect time to walk the city’s tree-lined streets and beautiful parks, while skating and skiing are popular pastimes in the winter. Spring and summer is best enjoyed in the sun, with London being close to several beaches including Grand Bend and Port Stanley.
London possesses various locations for activity and culture. Performances like concerts or shows at the Budweiser Gardens or stage productions of various kinds at The Grand Theatre to exhibitions at Museum London, a large assortment of restaurants serving international cuisine, the Forest City is the perfect locale to experience.
Whether you enjoy shopping, movies, theatre, dancing, or sporting events, there is no lack of activities. Year-round, London has numerous festivals and cultural and community events, including Snowfest, Sunfest, Rock the Park, London Film Festival and World Beat and Jazz weekends. Beautiful parks and biking trails are just steps away from the lively Richmond Street – home to a bustling nightlife, niche shops, designer boutiques, cafes and fashionable dining. London is also considered a sporting centre and is home to the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, a cultural mainstay of the city and its residents.
With several family-friendly services including a variety of schools, health care facilities, after-school and special needs programs, children's camps, and community centres, the city of London provides parents, both current and expecting, a safe and desirable community to raise a family.
For an overview of family programs and services throughout London and surrounding regions, please visit Family Care.
Located in the centre of southwestern Ontario, London is approximately two hours driving distance from Toronto and Detroit. The London International Airport offers direct flights to Toronto, Chicago, Ottawa and Calgary, as well as many other connections to several Canadian destinations. If you want to travel to warmer climates or exotic places, the London International Airport has flights to Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and several locations in Europe.
For directions to London, including city and campus maps, please visit Getting to London.