Ph.D.in Biochemistry & Mol. Biology
To apply for the doctoral program, Ph.D. candidates must first contact the relevant faculty member from the department based on their research interests. If the candidate is a good fit for the lab, then he/she can make a formal application to the departmental doctoral committee.
The following items are submitted to the departmental office:
- Application form.
- Curriculum vitae including publication list.
- Transcripts from the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees or equivalents (Official transcripts are not required if the applicant can obtain online transcripts). Minimum GPA of 80 in the M.Sc. is required.
- Copy of the M.Sc. degree or an official letter indicating conferrence of degree.
- MSc thesis abstract.
- Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from the M.Sc. thesis advisor.
- Letter of acceptance by the intended Ph.D. advisor.
The doctoral committee will schedule an interview with the applicant and evaluate their application materials.
Upon acceptance, the candidate can begin his/her studies immediately. After one year, the student is expected to submit a research proposal. If the student has not submitted his proposal by the end of the second year, he/she may not continue. The thesis may be submitted after the third year, but most students finish by the end of the fourth or fifth year. The stipend does not continue after the fifth year.
All Ph.D. students receive a stipend and many students work as teaching assistants for departmental undergraduate courses.
The faculty provides an option for a direct Ph.D. program. The initial requirements for this option are equivalent to application for the M.Sc.