Graduate Studies

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The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is a core department of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and places a special emphasis on biomedical research and teaching, with a focus on human disease, infection, and immunity. Through our top in-their-field-researchers, outstanding facilities, and well established connections to the three main hospitals in London, the Department of Microbiology & Immunology is well equipped to investigate a wide range of research projects.

In addition to the strong faculty and facilities, graduate students are given access to a wide range of career development resources. Weekly graduate student seminars foster collaboration throughout the department and give students a better understanding of the research occurring within the department, while weekly RGE Murray seminars bring cutting edge researchers from around the world to Western, where graduate students can meet, learn more about their fields, and ask questions about both research and career development. The Microbiology & Immunology department also hosts an annual Infection and Immunity Research Forum (IIRF) hosted entirely by graduate students, allowing students to gain valuable leadership and communication skills, while also giving an opportunity to practice conference presentation skills. Outside of academic pursuits, the Graduate Student Committee also hosts a variety of extracurricular activities, from potlucks to trivia nights, giving new students a chance to get to know everyone in the department better.

Providing an opportunity to conduct cutting edge research while also developing important career skills and strong relationships, makes the Microbiology & Immunology department an incredible place to study.

The Graduate Program of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology revolves around two major fields of scientific endeavour: i) The molecular and cellular biology of microorganisms, and ii) The molecular and cellular biology of the immune system. These fields involve studies on bacteria, virus, parasites, cancer cells, and immune cells with an emphasis on molecular biology, biochemistry, and pathogenesis. The Graduate Program is primarily committed to the training of PhD students but also offers programs leading to a MSc degree.

Degrees offered

  1. PhD (direct entry or transfer from MSc in progress) 
  2. MSc (direct entry)
  3. Accelerated 1-year MSc (course and project-based degree; direct entry) 


See Program Information for more details.