Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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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.

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.

Areas of Expertise

While the University has achieved acclaim for research in a full complement of disciplines, Western has identified signature areas in which global-scale clusters of research excellence have been established, including: Neuroscience/Brain & Mind: Imaging: Materials & Biomaterials: Wind Engineering & Natural Disaster Mitigation; Environmental Sustainability & Green Energy; Philosophy of Science; Planetary Science & Exploration; and Musculoskeletal Health. We offer more than 70 master's and 50 doctoral programs, including a range of professional master's and interdisciplinary programs - providing endless opportunities to expand knowledge and push the boundaries of discovery in several fields.

On Campus Housing

At Western, we have a number of housing options for graduate students. See more at http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/preparing/housing.html.

Off Campus Housing

Western provides an Off-Campus Housing Service, where listings of available housing throughout London are maintained. Our in-person service operates on a self-serve basis. Located in Elgin Hall, you'll have free access to city maps and a computer that is available to conduct personalized searches based on categories such as rental price, location and housing type. To contact the Off-Campus Housing Office, phone 519-661-3550 or e-mail off-campus.housing@uwo.ca. For more information, or to use the online service, please visit offcampus.uwo.ca.

Incoming Students

Our services and programs are designed to enhance our graduate students’ experiences and provide a supportive and stimulating academic environment. We offer a blend of structure and flexibility allowing our graduate students to develop personally and professionally in order to better prepare them for the intellectual demands of tomorrow.

Career Planning

GradPath is your portal to graduate student professional development programs at Western. It highlights information and resources you will need to succeed at each stage of the graduate journey, from coursework through comprehensive exams, thesis writing and publishing to the job search after graduation. Whether you are looking for help with grant writing, strategies for overcoming procrastination or opportunities to develop your conference presentation skills, GradPath will lead you to the programs on campus that will help you develop competencies you need to succeed in teaching, research and professional practice.


The Western Student Recreation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2009 and provides a number of services to meet the diverse fitness and recreation needs of all Western students. The 160,000-square-foot facility – one of the largest of its kind at a Canadian university – was opened in part through the largest student donation at a Canadian school in history. The $35-million space is located adjacent to the Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre and provides ample opportunity for busy students to make fitness a part of their lifestyle.


The Grad Club, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Society of Graduate Students, is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to promote the interests of graduate students. A vibrant pub and restaurant for graduate students and faculty members, The Grad Club is the perfect place to meet new people and connect with friends and colleagues.


With over 19,500 members belonging to more than 180 clubs, the Clubs Community of the University Students' Council is the easiest way for Western students to get involved at the University. Each USC Club has a specific niche in our campus community. Whatever your interest may be, there will most likely be a club that satisfies your interests. Western University, Graduate Studies - Orientation SophsThe University Students' Council is located in the University Community Centre (UCC), a comfortable environment that houses many useful services, campus organizations and retail outlets for students’ convenience. Thousands of staff, faculty, and students walk through the doors of the UCC each day. In addition to popular restaurants including The Wave and The Spoke, the UCC is also home to Western's very own movie theatre. Featuring the lowest ticket prices in London, Western Film is open 7 nights a week and shows all the latest movies just a few weeks after they debut.

Special Services

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) assists students who have ongoing conditions or challenges that may include: chronic illnesses, chronic pain, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders, and vision, hearing or mobility impairments. Students with disabilities can find help accessing locations, services, technology and information at the University. Academic accommodation can also be arranged. SSD offers the Adaptive Computing Technology Centre located on the 4th floor of the Western Student Services Building and the Access Lab and Learning Opportunities Lab located in the Weldon Library. You may set up a meeting with a counsellor to discuss possible arrangements the University can make in order to accommodate your needs.

Affiliated Institutions

Western is committed to excellence in its research and academic programs and it recognizes that its strengths can be enhanced by collaborative relationships with domestic or international partners. For affiliated institutions see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html#explore.

International Involvement

Internationalization is one of Western's institutional principles and values. We will embrace our role as an active member of the global academic community through the full range of our educational, research, scholarship, and community development activities that engage our students, faculty, staff, alumni and external partners. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has partnered with institutions around the world to provide international learning opportunities for our graduate students.


Indigenous Services is pleased to offer a variety of services and programs designed to assist Indigenous students in succeeding at Western. Services are housed in the Learning Resource Centre which offers an up to date computer lab exclusively for Indigenous students, a job board, a quiet study area, and an archival collection of more than 1,200 books (available in Weldon Library), as well as a variety of other academic, research, and informational needs resources. Services include a Visiting Elder Program, a Cultural/Personal Counsellor, and administrative support to serve as liaison between students, the University and Indigenous communities.

Modified on November 19, 2022