As one of Canada’s largest research-intensive, comprehensive medical-doctoral universities, Western University attracts professors, scientists, and graduate students who are leaders in their field and conduct innovative research in some of the world’s most exciting and emerging areas. Since the university’s founding in 1878, Western discoveries have benefited economic, social, health, and cultural development in Canada and around the world.

Students studying in Western’s 136 graduate degree programs across 11 faculties benefit from internationally recognized faculty members, excellent research facilities, and high-quality programming. Western is home to world-renowned research centres, such as Robarts Research Institute, the Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Research Institute, the Brain and Mind Institute, the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research, the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, and the Bone and Joint Institute.

As a community, the university attracts students from 121 countries who share in learning experiences and engage in study-abroad, research, and volunteer opportunities to broaden perspectives and knowledge. Western students balance academic achievement with opportunities for athletic, volunteer, and social engagement, which foster a strong community that extends to more than 284,000 alumni worldwide.

Western is located in London, Ontario, a diverse city of 381,000 people approximately 200 km west of Toronto. Known as the “Forest City,” London is the educational, cultural, and economic centre of Southwestern Ontario.

Research Strengths

Western University inspires and supports discovery, creativity, and innovation across all disciplines, with a focus on multidisciplinary research areas including:

  • Neuroscience/Brain and Mind
  • Imaging
  • Materials and Biomaterials
  • Wind Engineering and Natural Disaster Mitigation
  • Environmental Sustainability and Green Energy
  • Planetary Science and Exploration
  • Musculoskeletal Health
  • Philosophy of Science
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