Schulich school of Medicine and Dentistry logo Neuroscience Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

Experience Western

As one of Canada’s largest research-intensive universities, The University of Western Ontario boasts researchers, teachers and graduate students who are leaders in their fields and conduct innovative research in some of the world’s most exciting and emerging areas.

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.

The University of Western Ontario has produced the most recipients of Canada's coveted Top 40 Under 40 award than any other university.

Through its dedication to excellence in graduate education, Western offers its graduate students first-class research facilities and infrastructure, competitive funding packages, and Canada's fourth-largest academic library system.

There are more than 60 Canada Research Chairs and a Canada Excellence Research Chair among Western's faculty.

With research and teaching in a full complement of disciplines, the University has identified several signature areas for which it has developed an international reputation, including: Imaging, Neuroscience/Brain & Mind, Environmental Sustainability & Green Energy, Materials & Biomaterials, and Wind Engineering & Natural Disaster Mitigation. The concentration of excellence in these fields stands to train the next generation of leaders while addressing critical issues affecting populations around the world.

Western has more 3M Award winning faculty than any other Ontario university (second in Canada).

Our graduate students have the opportunity to learn from distinguished academics, business leaders and world-renowned experts in several fields. Western's academic leaders provide their students with endless opportunities for in-depth exploration and collaboration. Whether it be presenting your work at academic conferences, teaching your work to undergraduate students, or performing your work for an audience, our graduate programs help foster your development as a scholar.

For the tenth year in a row, Western received top marks in the category 'Most Satisfied Students' in The Globe and Mail's annual Canadian University Report.

At Western, we recognize that success in today’s careers requires not only a solid academic foundation, but also a range of complementary professional skills. We are proud to offer our graduate students an array of professional development services and programs to enhance their formal education. These professional development opportunities allow students to individualize their experiences and to create a graduate experience that best meets their needs and aspirations.

In 2011, researchers at Western and its affiliates generated nearly $20 million in research contracts with industry.

Western is home to a number of innovative research facilities and centres that are unique in the world, and has research collaboration agreements on every continent.

What do you envision for your future? 

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.