Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Developmental Biology (Collaborative program) (M.Sc.)

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Faculty of Science
Field of Study:Developmental Biology and Embryology


The purpose of the Collaborative Specialization in Developmental Biology is to create a community of graduate students with an interest in Developmental Biology and to provide specific courses to support and teach that community. Our aim is to train Developmental Biologists who will go on to make significant contributions to the field. Our program represents a wide range of interests within Developmental Biology. We have scientists working with embryos during their earliest stages of development as well as a strong group of researchers looking at the development of the late term fetus. Students can be studying the development of invertebrates, fish, amphibians or mammals within the specialization. This diversity will give students a broad and comprehensive experience in the study of how organisms are formed and how these early events can influence later life. The specialization is one of only two in Canada, and the only one to train students at the MSc level.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    1. The student must be accepted into the graduate program of one of the program's host departments:
    ▪ Biology
    ▪ Anatomy and Cell Biology
    ▪ Biochemistry
    ▪ Microbiology and Immunology
    ▪ Physiology and Pharmacology
    ▪ Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

    2. Be working with a supervisor that is a member of the program.

    3. Submit a letter of interest, with an attached CV and official transcripts, to the Director of the Collaborative Program outlining your interest in the Collaborative program and your interest in Developmental Biology. At this stage, we are really looking for a demonstrated interest in the discipline such as a course or research experience that has sparked your interest. Applications to the Developmental Biology program can be done at any time after acceptance into the home department graduate program and approval by the supervisor.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 11, 2022