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A PhD is the abbreviation for Doctor of philosophy. This degree is a post graduate program delivered to a high level student researcher who has done deep research in a specific field or subject.

For you to have the best understanding of living things and their behavior, you need a PhD in biology. The PhD in Biology will give students knowledge of research in the areas of Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolution and Computational Biology.

Spanning 23 countries, North America is continent filled with educational opportunity. Students have the opportunity to learn multiple languages and develop an understanding of vastly different cultures.

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PhD in Molecular BioScience at Montana State University

American Consortium of Universities (Interlink)
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Louisville

The Molecular Biosciences Program offers an interdisciplinary program towards a Doctorate in Philosophy in the Life Sciences. Students in the MBSP program are able to pursue research across department boundaries, before selecting a specific area of study at the end of the first year. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Biology in North America 2017. The Molecular Biosciences Program offers an interdisciplinary program towards a Doctorate in Philosophy in the Life Sciences. Students in the MBSP program are able to pursue research across department boundaries, before selecting a specific area of study at the end of the first year. This program allows graduate students to rotate in three different laboratories during their first year, within their chosen area of research. By the end of the first year they must select a research advisor and be formally admitted to a department to conduct a research project leading to the completion of a Doctorate of Philosophy. Research Areas: Biofilm Sciences & Engineering BioInspired Materials Bioinformatics/Genomics/Proteomics Biomedical Sciences Biophysics Cell, Developmental, & Molecular Biology Chemical Biology Environmental Microbiology Immunology & Infectious Disease Life in Extreme Environments Biological & Mathematical Modeling Neuroscience Plant Sciences Virology This interdisciplinary program brings together faculty departments and research centers across campus: Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Chemical and Biological Engineering; Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Center for BioInspired Materials, Computer Science Department and the Thermal Biology Institute to provide students with laboratory instructions to become successful research scientists. Application Deadlines All applications for the following Fall semester must be submitted by December 11th. Any incomplete application will not be reviewed by the selection committee and will be deemed ineligible for the Molecular Bioscience program fellowship Required Tests The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the Molecular Bioscience Program.Theses scores must be received directly from ETS. The institution code for Montana State University is 4488. International Applicants English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived. Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. Additional Admission Requirements For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. [-]

PhD in Biology

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

Become an expert in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data through extensive research; advanced training; and an integrative, interdisciplinary, and evolutionary approach. [+]

Become an expert in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data through extensive research; advanced training; and an integrative, interdisciplinary, and evolutionary approach. Degree requirements To obtain this degree, you take the following 60 credit hours of coursework: 45 units beyond the bachelor’s degree, covering the major principles of biological sciences 15 units or more BIO 799 to research, write, and defend your dissertation Additional requirements You must also: have a reading knowledge of one foreign language or skill in statistics perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive exam in your fifth semester fulfill Northern Arizona University’s residence requirements pass the oral exam on your dissertation This doctoral degree allows advanced students to pursue their content and research skills while studying under faculty specialists in microbiology, botany, genetics, bioinformatics, human biology, ecology, and zoology. The program is enhanced by advanced research facilities that include the Deaver Herbarium, the Electron Microscope Facility, and the nationally prominent Microbial Genetic and Genomics Center, home to powerful research into anthrax, plague, and other bacterial-disease-causing infections. What Can I Do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology? The Doctor of Philosophy program provides advanced training in research through focused coursework and extensive research experience, using an integrative, interdisciplinary, and evolutionary approach. Students will develop expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data at a level appropriate to the profession. University Requirements To receive a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses, from one or more disciplines, ranging from at least 60-109 units of graduate-level courses. Most plans require research, a dissertation, and comprehensive exams. All plans have residency requirements regarding time spent on the Flagstaff campus engaged in full-time study. In addition to University Requirements: Complete individual plan requirements. ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required. NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application. Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College. Transcripts For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy Individual program admission requirements include: GRE® revised General Test 3 letters of recommendation Personal statement or essay All applicants are expected to make email contact with potential faculty members in the department BEFORE APPLYING. Applicants should only apply if a mentor agrees to support the applicant. Knowledge of biology at the baccalaureate level One of the following: An earned thesis-based MS degree in a biological or related science Demonstrated research ability by being a responsible author on a scientific, peer-reviewed publication (journal article) Have equivalent credentials to above, which may include considerable relevant research experience, average GRE scores above the 70th national percentile in Verbal, Quantitative and Writing Ability, experience presenting scientific papers as an author at regional, national or international scientific meetings, with reference letters attesting to the student's performance and responsibility for the science reported at such venues. DOCTORAL REQUIREMENTS Take the following 60 units: Coursework, beyond the bachelor's degree, covering the major principles of biology (45 units) BIO 799, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved dissertation (15 units) Please note that you may count only 15 units of dissertation credit toward your degree. However, experience tells us that our doctoral students in Biology end up taking an average of 36 units. This is due to the requirement that you register for BIO 799 for each semester during which you work on your dissertation. In addition, we require that you: Have a reading knowledge of one foreign language or skill in statistics Perform satisfactorily on a comprehensive exam in your fifth semester Fulfill Northern Arizona University's residency requirements. (For more information about residency and other requirements that pertain to this degree, see Doctoral Requirements Policy.) Pass the oral exam on your dissertation (Dissertation Defense) Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor. [-]

PhD in Physiology

Maharishi University Of Management
Campus Part time September 2017 USA Fairfield

Faculty and graduate students of Maharishi University of Management continue to advance the scientific understanding of the mechanisms and applications of natural, prevention-oriented methods for the health of the individual and society. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Biology in North America 2017. Faculty and graduate students of Maharishi University of Management continue to advance the scientific understanding of the mechanisms and applications of natural, prevention-oriented methods for the health of the individual and society. This PhD in Physiology is a research program that is designed for graduate health professionals or those with a master’s in physiology, or the equivalent, to conduct original research on the effects of Maharishi AyurVedasm and the Transcendental Meditation program on health and physiology. The objectives of the PhD in Physiology program are: To give students training in research design and implementation at the doctoral level, leading to publication; and To provide a program for advanced original research on the effects of modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda, including Transcendental Meditation®. Examples of topics with faculty expertise available for research theses include: Aging Applied molecular biology Cardiovascular health Neuroscience applications in health Post-traumatic stress or stress-related mental health disorders [-]

PhD In Biology

Université du Québec à Rimouski UQAR
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Rimouski Lévis

The PhD in biology aims at acquiring and deepening the necessary knowledge and skills to advanced research in biology. [+]

The PhD in biology aims at acquiring and deepening the necessary knowledge and skills to advanced research in biology. Research projects are carried out in key areas such as genetics in animal populations, adaptive biology, forest ecology, dynamics of wildlife populations and evolutionary biology. Offered jointly with the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), the program includes budget management training objectives and people as well as pedagogy. Program Structure The PhD in biology involves the writing of a dissertation of 76 credits to deepen a topic in biology field of specialization. As part of the training, the candidates will develop an analytical mind and the theoretical thinking skills able to advance their research. Research areas Fish and Wildlife Population dynamics, use of the environment and trophic relationships trophic dynamics of the Canadian Arctic tundra Ecology of animal communities and studies of reproductive strategies of animals Impacts of climate change on wildlife and trophic dynamics of Arctic tundra and boreal forest Conservation of vulnerable or endangered species Ecology, physiology and behavior of birds Effect of human change and conservation of bird marine habitats Ecology of marine bivalve populations Ocean protection Analysis methods in ecology data Ecology microscopic organisms sediment Transfer of the organic material from the water column and sediment evolutionary biology Evolution of living and fossil lower vertebrates environmental stress on larval development of the fish Paléoichtyologie, paleoecology and paleoenvironmental reconstruction forest ecology Sustainable Forest Management Disturbance ecology and forest regeneration Impacts of disturbances and climate change on boreal forest History of vegetation and sedimentation in floodplains Impact of the severity and frequency of fires on forests Long-term impact of logging on biodiversity Ecophysiology and molecular ecology Coadaptations and evolution of mitochondrial genomes and nuclear Adaptations and evolution of animal energy metabolism Aquaculture (genetics, nutrition, conditioning) Genetics Arctic shellfish populations Conservation genetics Nordicity an axis of excellence in research at UQAR UQAR is dedicated to the study of the Far North and low cold latitudes, known as the nordicity. This research brings together researchers interested in northern environments from an interdisciplinary perspective around closely complementary disciplines, including biology, ecology, chemistry and geography, human or physical, cold environments. Their research aims to better understand the functioning of continental environments in cold climates, so as to meet the major challenges in the field of conservation and sustainable management. The evolution of continental northern environments in the context of global change and relations between Northern environments and human societies are among the prominent issues. OBJECTIVES The general objective of the program is to enable the acquisition and deepening of disciplinary knowledge in biology. More specifically, the PhD is to develop the skills of students in terms of advanced research in biology in order to complete their training as scientists. In addition, the program requirements will bring the candidates to develop an analytical mind and the theoretical thinking skills able to advance their research. Joining as a concern of the Council of Universities and a real need as expressed by many workers out of traditional molds, budget management training and personal goals as well as education are included in the program. The program offered by UQAR is an extension of UQAM program. [-]

PhD of Science in Biological Sciences

University of Windsor
Campus Full time 3 - 5 years September 2017 Canada Windsor

Our Ph.D. program offers opportunities for advanced independent research and study, culminating in presentation and defense of a dissertation. The Ph.D. degree is normally completed in three to five years (a two-year minimum applies if students already hold a recognized M.Sc. degree). During this time, students take a minimum of three courses and present three departmental seminars. [+]

Doctors of Philosophy in Biology in North America 2017. Our Ph.D. program offers opportunities for advanced independent research and study, culminating in presentation and defense of a dissertation. The Ph.D. degree is normally completed in three to five years (a two-year minimum applies if students already hold a recognized M.Sc. degree). During this time, students take a minimum of three courses and present three departmental seminars. Excellence in Graduate Research The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor offers outstanding graduate training for both Master’s and Doctoral level studies. Our faculty are outstanding biologists with international reputations as excellent researchers. Our graduates have achieved success at all levels of academia, industry, and government, and have also used their education as a springboard to success in professional programs including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and physical therapy. Graduate studies at University of Windsor are structured toward the advancement of research. Our programs are designed to provide flexibility in course requirements so that you can tailor your program to enhance your research training and productivity. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs engage research at every level of focus from molecular processes to the ecosystem, using microbial, plant, and animal systems. Outstanding Facilities The Biology Building occupies over 6,040 square meters of office and laboratory space. We have numerous special facilities that support outstanding research across the biological sciences. For studies in cell, molecular, and developmental biology: Molecular biology core facility State-of-the-art confocal microscopy facilities Automated sequencers and DNA cloning technology Microarray technology and a bioinformatics server Cell culture rooms Laboratories that meet international standards for recombinant DNA technology procedures For studies in ecology, evolution, environmental, and behavioural biology: Facilities for the care of mammals, birds, amphibians, and fishes Incubators and environmental walk-in chambers Access to research stations throughout Canada and the tropics Multi-passenger vans and boats An extensive greenhouse facility An experimental fish hatchery The Pelee Environmental Research Centre The Department of Biological Sciences shares a close association with the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) which is housed on campus, and with the nearby Harrow Research Station of Agriculture Canada. How to apply Interested students should communicate directly with the professors in our department. Each professor maintains a webpage that explains their research interests and outlines graduate student positions available in their laboratories: www.uwindsor.ca/biology/graduate (click on the “Faculty and Staff” link). Once you have communicated with a prospective supervisor, the application process to the graduate program at the University of Windsor can be completed online. Admission Requirements Applicants with an honours degree in Biological Sciences or related field and who have been judged to be outstanding students may be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program. Applicants holding an M.Sc. degree or equivalent from the University of Windsor or from another recognized university or college may be admitted to the Ph.D. program with advanced standing in course work as described below. Program Requirements Students may pursue one of the following fields within the PhD in Biological Sciences: 1) Molecular/Cellular Biology; 2) Ecology, Evolution, Environment, and Behaviour; and 3) Neuroscience and Behaviour. Course Work: Students proceeding toward the Ph.D. degree will follow one of the programs given below: 1) Students proceeding directly to the Ph.D. from an Honours B.Sc. degree will be expected to: comply with the general regulations; attend all departmental seminars in Biological Sciences (formal presentations of visiting speakers; graduate student seminars, thesis defense presentations and dissertation defense presentations) each year of full-time registration; present a departmental seminar in each year of enrollment (the dissertation defense may count as one of these); successfully complete a minimum of three (3) graduate courses. With the approval of the Doctoral Committee, courses may be in a cognate area. Statistics 65-453 (Statistics for Life/Social Sciences) may be allowed for graduate credit; complete a dissertation embodying the results of an original investigation; defend the dissertation at a public lecture or seminar. Students recommended and approved for transfer into the Ph.D. program after having completed between 12 and 15 months and one course (1) with at least an A- grade of a M.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor will normally receive one credit during the M.Sc. program and require two more credits at the Ph.D. level for a total of three (3) courses. 2) Students entering into a Ph.D. program with an M.Sc. degree will be expected to: comply with the general requirements; attend all departmental seminars in Biological Sciences (formal presentations of visiting speakers, graduate student seminars, thesis defense presentations and dissertation defense presentations) each year of full-time registration; present a departmental seminar in each year of enrollment (the dissertation defense may count as one of these); successfully complete a minimum of two graduate courses which may be in a cognate area. With the approval of the Doctoral Committee, courses may be in a cognate area. Statistics 65-453 (Statistics for Life/Social Sciences) may be allowed for graduate credit; complete a dissertation embodying the results of an original investigation; defend the dissertation at a public lecture or seminar. [-]

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences (IDPBS)

East Carolina University
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA Greenville

The Biology Department participates with Departments of Geological Sciences, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, and Maritime Studies, in this interdisciplinary program. Students choose one of four areas of study (Coastal and Estuarine Ecology, Coastal Geosciences, Social Science and Coastal Policy, Maritime Studies) as their primary focus, and two of the remaining areas as their secondary interests. [+]

Coastal Resources Management Program (CRM) The Biology Department participates with Departments of Geological Sciences, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, and Maritime Studies, in this interdisciplinary program. Students choose one of four areas of study (Coastal and Estuarine Ecology, Coastal Geosciences, Social Science and Coastal Policy, Maritime Studies) as their primary focus, and two of the remaining areas as their secondary interests. CRM graduates typically pursue careers in academics, or some aspect of environmental management or policy. Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program In Biological Sciences (IDPBS) The Biology Department partners with the Chemistry Department in this interdisciplinary program. Each IDPBS student is formally affiliated with one Department, and their research is centered in either Biology, or Pharmaceutical Chemistry. IDPBS Biology The Department of Biology’s doctoral degree in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Biological Sciences (IDPBS), has Experimental Biology as its primary focus. This concentration is designed to provide interdisciplinary doctoral training in molecular genetics, systematics, and evolution, cellular biology, biochemistry, ecology, and physiology. Students in this program will receive broad exposure to topics that range across all the life sciences disciplines. The curriculum emphasizes the study of biological processes at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and community levels. Students can conduct research in a variety of fields guided by expert faculty who are: Broadly trained evolutionary biologists who are interested in topics ranging from the evolution of genomes to speciation pattern and process. Computational and methodological approaches to addressing these questions include phylogenetic theory, molecular systematics, genomics, and bioniformatics. Biochemists and cellular biologists interested in basic cell processes including topics such as metabolism, animal physiology, and photosynthetic pathways in plants. Developmental biologists who study the regulation of developmental pathways across metazoans. Ecologists interested in the ecosystem modeling, species interactions, and the mechanisms governing the control of biodiversity in an area. We invite highly motivated individuals with a commitment to integrating a variety of techniques and viewpoints as they search for solutions to some of biology’s toughest and unique questions. [-]