Anatomy & Cell Biology

Clinical (MSc) Research (MSc) PhD
Times to completion
  • 5 Terms (1.66 years)
  • (non-thesis program)
  • 6 Terms (2 years)
  • (thesis-based program)
  • 12 Terms (4 years)
  • 15 Terms (5 years) - Direct Entry PhD or Transfer MSc to PhD (thesis-based program)
Admissions Requirements
  • 4-year honours degree or equivalent in a Health or Life Science, or a degree in Dentistry, Medicine or Veterinary Science from an accredited university.
  • Minimum 80% (A-) average for the most recent two years of undergraduate study, or the most recent 10 full senior level courses.
  • Anatomy experience is recommended.
  • 4-year honours degree or equivalent, in a Life Science, or a degree in Dentistry, Medicine or Veterinary Science 
  • Minimum 80% (A-) average for the most recent two years of undergraduate study, or the most recent 10 full senior level courses
  • Research experience is recommended
  • 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

Contact Us

Program Website
Graduate Program Assistant

Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Medical Sciences, Rm. 443
London, Ontario, Canada

t. 519.661.2111, ext. 81524
f. 519.850.2906

Curriculum Options

  • Full-time study
  • Course-based, project-based

Funding Details

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

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 are not always available for summer/winter terms. Acceptance notifications for the fall term begin in March and continue until July 31st.

Students are not required to have a supervisor identified to apply to the MSc or PhD programs; if a student’s application is approved by the Anatomy & Cell Biology Graduate Affairs Committee, matching with a supervisor will be the next step and is required for final acceptance. However, we strongly encourage students to directly contact faculty members as potential supervisors to learn more about their research and identify a potential fit.

Fields of Research

  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Neurobiology
  • Education Scholarship

Education Scholarship

Anatomy & Cell Biology offers a competitive stipend for all students enrolled in the graduate program.

Students enrolled in the Research stream (Cell and Neurobiology MSc and PhD students) or Clinical Anatomy (PhD only) will receive no less than the base stipend and the funds are guaranteed for the following periods of time:

  • MSc (24 months / 6 terms)
  • PhD (after completion of MSc) (48 months / 12 terms)

Students enrolled in the Clinical Anatomy MSc will receive at least the base stipend for the full length of the program.

  • MSc (20 months / 5 terms)

Stipend levels:

While Anatomy & Cell Biology guarantees every student the minimum stipend (base), we try hard to move students into the higher stipend categories(see below). Cell and Neurobiology research students that accept teaching positions (TA's) or receive scholarships have higher stipend levels. Clinical Anatomy students teach as part of the curriculum but can also receive a higher stipend should they successfully obtain scholarships.

*Please Note - The following stipend levels include tuition scholarships (if eligible) and are subject to change.

Annual ACB Funding Formula (revised March 20, 2012)

The following are proposed formulas for funding domestic graduate students in the Research and Clinical Anatomy tracks in the Anatomy & Cell Biology Program at Western for students entering the ACB Graduate Program on or after January 1, 2012.


Without TA
With TA

Vascular Biology Training Fellowship

Without TA
With TA

Cancer Biology Training Fellowship

Without TA
With TA

Heart & Stroke

Without TA
With TA

N/A for MSc N/A for MSc
(Res & Clin)

Minimum Base (including TA) OGS/OGSST with TA NSERC or SSHRC or CIHR with TA
MSc (Clin) $9,050 $24,050 $26,550