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MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Admission Requirements

The Division of Clinical Anatomy will accept students who have a four year B.Sc. degree, a M.Sc. degree, a Ph.D. degree, or a degree in Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science or a health related field. The minimum standard for those holding a four year B.Sc. degree is a 80% (A-) average in the last 2 years of undergraduate study or the most recent 10 full courses.

Recommended Pre-requisites

 A background in anatomy, histology and physiology is strongly recommended.

Application Procedure

Please note the Department cannot pre-evaluate copies of transcripts to ascertain if you should apply to our program. A complete application must be submitted for review. Supervisors are not required in order to apply to this program.

Applicants are responsible to ensure that a complete application package is submitted. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be assessed by the Graduate Affairs Committee.

To Apply please click on the following link:

  1. Two Reference Letters (collected electronically upon receipt of application) Reference letters should be from faculty who are familiar with your work. Once your application has been submitted, Western will transmit electronic requests to your referees on your behalf. We recommend you contact your referees to ensure they have received these requests.
  2. Application Fee of $100.00 Canadian (payable at time of completing online application)

Application Deadlines:

Deadline for Clinical Anatomy MSc - February 1, 2019 (for a September 2019 start date)
*Applications received close to or on the deadline may not be approved in time for the desired start date. Space is limited in this program.

*Note for International Students: Application deadlines do not take into account the time needed to obtain a Study Permit. International applicants should allow a minimum of two terms prior to the proposed start date of their graduate program to obtain Student Authorization.

Application Evaluations and Interviews:

Once all required documents are received and the application is complete, the Graduate Assistant will evaluate the application and submit it to the Graduate Affairs Committee for review. If the application is approved, the applicant will be invited for an interview. Interviews are normally held in March and April. Recommendations for offers of admission to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies generally take place following a recommendation from the Graduate Affairs Committee and a successful interview.

Graduate Program Start Dates:

Applications From Overseas

Applications from countries other than Canada are encouraged. However, the fees for non-resident students are approximately two and a half times higher than those for Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Bursaries are available, which reduce the fees to the level paid by Canadian residents. Such bursaries are awarded, on the basis of merit, by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

If your first language is NOT English you must include official proof of proficiency in English. Anatomy & Cell Biology accepts both IELTS and TOEFL. The IELTS overall score must be a minimum of 7, with no individual test component below 6.5.  The TOEFL overall score must be a minimum of 92, with no individual test component below 20. TOEFL and IELTS scores should be sent electronically to the University of Western Ontario, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (Code 0984).

University regulations prohibit the acceptance of students who have not attained this standard. The Department requires that students from other countries provide documentary evidence of adequate financial support for the duration of their studies

Program Requirements

The Master's in Clinical Anatomy is designed for students interested in teaching, medical education research and imaging. Clinical Anatomy is a course-based program, starting in September and running for 20 months (5 terms).

Year 1 consists of courses in gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, attending educational workshops and group work from clinical seminars. The majority of year 1 is spent in the gross anatomy laboratory. Students are required to do a research project, to be presented at the end of their second year (5th term). Due to the course-based nature of the program and the firm September to April time-frame, part-time study is not possible The projects are typically in the area of 3D reconstructions, testing educational online tools or developing these tools, traditional dissection research related to clinical issues (eg. understanding variations for surgery, quantifying certain measurements used in surgery...)

Applications and all other inquiries should be addressed to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Western University
Medical Sciences, Room 443
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1

Phone: 519.661.3014
Fax: 519.661.3936

Dr. Brian Allman Assistant Professor
Director - M.Sc. Program in Clinical Anatomy
Office: MSB 474