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PhD Cell and Developmental Biology

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

8270.58 USD
4707.66 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Medicine
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The graduate program in Cell and Developmental Biology offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to students undertaking advanced study and research in cell and developmental biology. The program is flexible and is designed to accommodate the diverse backgrounds of students and the broad nature of research in cell and developmental biology.

The program's courses provide a thorough understanding of the scientific fundamentals and methodologies of contemporary cell and developmental biology. All students also undertake original and significant research from the start of their studies. With nearly 50 faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research in cell and developmental biology, a wide range of research topics is available to students.

The program also aims to enhance linkages and facilitate research interactions between the larger community of cell and developmental biologists in British Columbia by acting as a common forum for scholarly exchange in cell and developmental biology through its student-led seminar series, research retreats and other activities.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants will normally have a master's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited university-level institution in a relevant field of study, or a professional degree (M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M.), with clear evidence of research ability or potential.
  • In exceptional cases, applicants who hold a B.Sc. (Hons.) with an overall average in the 'A' grade range and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to the Doctoral program on recommendation of the Director/Graduate Advisor of the Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology and approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • Transfer from the M.Sc. program to the Ph.D. program is permitted, subject to agreement from the student's research supervisor and Advisory Committee, and subject to meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements for transfer.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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Course Modules

  • For the Ph.D. degree, the usual period of study is three to four years after completion of a master's program in a related discipline, or four to six years following direct admission to the Ph.D. program following an undergraduate Honour's degree.
  • To maintain registration as doctoral students, students entering with a bachelor's degree must, during their first year of study, complete 12 credits of coursework with a first class average, of which 6 credits must be from the Program's roster of 500-level Process courses, at least 3 credits must be from the Program's roster of 500-level Content courses, and at least 9 credits must be of first class standing.
  • Students who enter the Ph.D. program with a master's degree in an unrelated discipline are required to successfully complete, in their first year, both of the Program's 3 credit Process courses. These students, and students who enter the Ph.D. program with a master's degree in Cell & Developmental Biology or a related discipline, are not required to take additional coursework unless this is recommended by their research supervisor in consultation with the student's Advisory Committee.
  • All doctoral students are required to pass a comprehensive written and oral examination within the first 24 months of study, and to undertake an original and in-depth research project under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

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How to Apply

By the application deadline, submit:

  • online form
  • official transcripts and degree certificates (if applicable)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae (optional)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)

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