Course Requirements

Training Courses

All graduate students must take the required training courses offered by the Department of Occupational Health and Safety or its equivalent at any of the affiliated institutes. These courses should be taken during the first year in the graduate program. In addition, students working with animals must take the corresponding training courses offered by the Department of Animal Care and Veterinary Services or its equivalent at any of the affiliated institutes. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring training courses are taken. Certificates of attendance to the courses will be kept with the students' records. A list of potentially required trainings can be found online.   

Maximizing the Western Doctoral Degree

Own Your Future is a new doctoral professional development program at Western University developed by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in collaboration with various units across campus. The program is designed to enrich doctoral education at Western by providing the opportunity for students to develop professional skills that help maximize their success in graduate school and in their future career. 

Own Your Future is:

  • Self-directed – you participate as much or as little as you want
  • Supported by a confidential Power Skills Assessment
  • Designed to be relaxing and meaningful
  • Developed and delivered by experts

Program courses

All candidates must complete the program of courses as indicated below. In order to serve individual students' needs, specific courses will be determined by the direct supervisor in consultation with the Thesis Advisory Committee and the Graduate Committee. Students failing to demonstrate satisfactory performance in their graduate courses will be required to withdraw from the Graduate Program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • MICROIMM 9000A (Infection and Immunity)
  • MICROIMM 9100 (Effective Scientific Communication)
  • MICROIMM 9225Y (Seminar Course - This course will apply to all students entering directly in the PhD program)
  • MICROIMM 9250Y (Continuation of Seminar Course without grade)
  • MICROIMM 9350Y (Contemporary Issues in Microbiology and Immunology - Journal Club)

PhD progress monitoring table (excel sheet)

Depending on the background of the PhD candidate, some courses can be waived with a request from the student. The student should consult with the Thesis Advisory Committee and submit the Course Exemption Request Form to the department office.

Master of Science (MSc)

  • MICROIMM 9000A (Infection and Immunity)
  • MICROIMM 9100Y (Effective Scientific Communication)
  • MICROIMM 9200Y (Seminar Course)
  • MICROIMM 9300Y (Contemporary Issues in Microbiology and Immunology - Journal Club)

MSc progress monitoring table (excel sheet)

One-Year Project and Course-Based Master of Science (MSc)

  • MICROIMM 9050Y* (Infection and Immunity 1yrMSc)
  • MICROIMM 9150A* (Scientific Comm 1yrMSc)
  • MICROIMM 9210Y* (Seminar course 1yrMSc)
  • MICROIMM 9700L (Literature Review 1yrMSc)
  • MICROIMM 9800Y (Research Project 1yrMSc)

1-yr MSc progress monitoring table (excel sheet)

*indicates courses with shared content with students enrolled in the conventional 2-Year MSc program.