Doctoral Degree in Biotechnology in North America

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The PhD can vary depending on the institution and country in which it is awarded. Most scholars pursue a PhD because of strong motivation to contribute to the academic community as well as true curiosity about their chosen field of study. 


A worldwide recognized doctorate course, PhD in Biotechnology, is offered from across the globe and opportunities available globally. It takes around 36 to 48 months to complete. To enroll, you need a first class or second-upper honors degree in a Biology related field.

The United States of America commonly called the United States, is a federal republic consisting of fifty states and a federal district. The 48 contiguous states and the federal district of Washington, D.C. are in first North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in northwestern North America, west of Canada and east of Russia across the Bering Strait, and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-North Pacific. The country also has five populated and nine unpopulated territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

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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. [+]

Doctorates in Biotechnology in North America 2017. 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 Bioengineering

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2017 USA Flagstaff

Our PhD in Bioengineering focuses on the areas of biomaterials and biomechanics. This interdisciplinary program provides a broad-based research perspective that draws upon the expertise of our faculty from unique disciplines. [+]

Our PhD in Bioengineering focuses on the areas of biomaterials and biomechanics. This interdisciplinary program provides a broad-based research perspective that draws upon the expertise of our faculty from unique disciplines. Emphasis Areas Include: Biophysics Energy efficient remote sensing Engineering of artificial plants Environmental endocrinology Informatics and Computing Muscle-like actuation and Wearable Robotics Novel biomaterials Wound healing What Will You Gain From Our Program The goal of this program is to educate future industry and research leaders in bioengineering through an integrative and interdisciplinary approach. Students will receive advanced training in research through focused coursework and will develop expertise in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data at a level appropriate for positions in industrial research and development or academia. After completing the degree, students are prepared to undertake careers in industry, government organizations, nonprofits, and universities. Learning Outcomes Students will build skills and knowledge through formal course work and an original dissertation project. The goal is to foster students’ abilities to identify and synthesize fundamental principles of bioengineering and apply them to complex problems. NAU graduates with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering will have achieved the following learning outcomes: Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced bioengineering problems in the emphasis area (Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biophysics, Informatics & Computing). Interdisciplinary: Demonstrate the ability to integrate information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice. Research Design and Execution: Demonstrate the ability to independently and creatively design and conduct research studies, including synthesis of the scientific literature in the field of study, design of dissertation research, and interpretation of complex quantitative analyses. Oral Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively the results of a comprehensive research project through oral presentations. Written Communication: Compose and engage in highly effective written communication in bioengineering; demonstrate clear argumentation and logic in a variety of written communications, including published papers and grant proposals. Admissions Requirements Excellent candidates for this doctorate have an earned thesis-based Master of Science degree in a bioengineering, biology, mechanical engineering, or appropriately related science. Direct entry into the PhD program from a Bachelor of Science degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemplary applicants. Important: All applicants are expected to make contact (i.e. email communication or lab visit) with potential faculty members in the department BEFORE APPLYING. Applicants should only apply if a mentor agrees to support the applicant. Funding Your Graduate Education A variety of funding possibilities exist to support your education at NAU: Graduate Assistantships Teaching Assistantships Research Assistantships Service Assistantships (outside of your department) Speak with faculty in your research discipline BEFORE APPLYING to discuss available teaching and research assistantships. Presidential Fellowship Program Financial Aid [-]

Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM)

Keck Graduate Institute
Campus Full time Part time 9 - 36 months September 2017 USA Claremont + 1 more

The Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM) is a groundbreaking professional masters program for post-doctoral students with backgrounds in science and engineering. [+]

Doctorates in Biotechnology in North America 2017. The Postdoctoral Professional Masters (PPM) is a groundbreaking professional masters program for post-doctoral students with backgrounds in science and engineering. This accredited masters degree helps PhD scientists and engineers acquire the business and management skills needed to pursue senior management positions within the life sciences industry or embark on entrepreneurial ventures that are intended to commercialize technologies developed in laboratories. The program curriculum focuses on the unique business environment within the life sciences. Courses combine traditional training in issues such as competitive strategy and marketing with specialized topics such as the role of regulation and medical reimbursement in determining the viability of life science market opportunities. The program also includes courses in accounting, finance, and organizational behavior that will help scientists and engineers understand how bioscience companies are managed. These skills are often essential in enabling effective teamwork between the technical and business employees of life science companies. Program students interested in launching their own business have the opportunity to enroll in specialized courses in entrepreneurship. These offerings include courses focused on building and managing entrepreneurial organizations, as well as an applied course in which teams of students develop business plans for emerging life science companies. Postdoctoral students in this program participate in KGI's capstone Team Masters Project on teams of 3-5 students working on industry-sponsored projects in addition to the coursework of the nine-month program. KGI's strong corporate network provides graduates with a unique bridge from academia to the life sciences industry. This networking begins upon enrollment in the PPM program as the students benefit from round-table discussion sessions that allow students to meet industry leaders as well as alumni working in the applied life sciences today. PROGRAM FACTS Post-doctoral students interested in pursuing upper level management positions, or starting their own company in the life sciences industry. Those with PhD degrees in the sciences or engineering or MDs are eligible to apply. A 9 month or two semester program, with January or September start dates. PROGRAM OVERVIEW The PPM academic program has three elements: 1. Required management courses. These courses will help students develop MBA level skills in management areas of key importance to the bioscience industry. They will also help familiarize students with industry dynamics across different segments of the bioscience industry. This component of the PPM is identical to the Certificate in Bioscience Management. 2. Elective courses. These courses facilitate the development of advanced knowledge aligned with each student’s career interests. Many PPM students choose to take advanced business courses in the areas of international business, entrepreneurship, and/or operations management, frequently coupled with one or more courses in clinical-regulatory affairs. Other students opt to take a series of advanced technical and clinical-regulatory courses pertaining to a segment or functional area of the bioscience industry in which they are interested in working, such as medical diagnostics, drug discovery and development, or bioprocessing. At KGI these are commonly referred to as “focus track courses” or "major courses." 3. Team Masters Project (TMP). The TMP project is a contract research project sponsored by a bioscience company. TMP projects are comprised of 4-5 students, a faculty advisor, and a corporate liaison from the sponsoring company. TMP teams will be provided office space, a budget, and any other resources needed to complete the project. A wide variety of TMP projects are sponsored each academic year. Some projects are primarily business oriented (e.g. consisting of market research, business development, or related business goals) while others are more technical and can be laboratory based. Most TMP projects last the entire academic year (e.g. two semesters) and include a variety of project goals and milestones. Due to the scope of work involved, the TMP course (comprising one sponsored company project) counts as 2 course credits each semester. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT In addition to the curricular professional development education, KGI also offers numerous co-curricular activities oriented towards professional development throughout the year. These experiences can help students polish their professional skills in the areas of written and oral communication, interviewing, and working within teams. Experts from industry will frequently be on campus to give talks, participate in roundtables, or meet with students during networking events. Many (perhaps most) KGI students ultimately find their job through contacts made through co-curricular activities or industry-sponsored academic programs such as the TMP. Students have the opportunity to utilize an e-portfolio system to compile and document their professional activities to facilitate communications with prospective employers. PPM Specific Co-Curricular Events During the academic year KGI organizes three co-curricular programs designed specifically to meet the needs of PPM students: 1. Roundtable Speaker Series. Distinguished individuals from the bioscience industry will meet with PPM students, typically over lunch, to discuss their careers, industry experiences, and in engage in discussion with PPM students. 2. Company visits. PPM students, as a group, will travel to bioscience companies or related organizations in Southern California. This will allow students to become familiar with important companies in the region, tour labs and other facilities, and make contacts with executives from these firms. 3. Mentor program. More experienced industry professionals can be invaluable sources of career advice as well as industry contacts. KGI has a broad network of industry contacts, with over 50 bioscience related companies represented on KGI’s Corporate Advisory Council and Board of Trustees. All interested PPM students will be given the opportunity to work with KGI’s Office of Career Services to find a mentor. Institute-Wide Co-Curricular Events PPM students are also welcome to participate in all other co-curricular events. A partial list of the types of co-curricular events planned for the academic year include: 1. “Focus Fridays” - Students enrolled in the two-year MBS program typically enroll in a series of elective courses surrounding a career-oriented “major” during their second year. KGI offers five majors: The Business of Bioscience, Bioprocessing, Devices & Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical Discovery and Development, and Clinical and Regulatory Affairs. This year KGI is organizing a Friday industry event around each of these major themes. Focus Fridays will include speakers, roundtable panels, and networking events in which managers and scientists from companies representing the given focus track area will be invited to campus. More importantly, this is an opportunity for all students to get a better understanding of a focus area, even if they don’t plan to take advanced courses within it. 2. Professional Skills Workshops – KGI students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, some focusing on very practical areas such as interviewing and resume preparation for industry jobs, and some very complex, such as intellectual property law. Most professional skills workshops will be held on Friday afternoons. ENROLLMENT OPTIONS The PPM Program can be taken in three configurations: 1. Full-time program starting in September. Students selecting this option complete the PPM program in 9 months, residing at KGI during a normal academic year. Students typically take 6 course credits per semester, including the TMP project. An advantage of this program is that students can finish in 9 months, plus students are “in synch” with KGI’s normal academic year and can easily tap into co-curricular related professional development opportunities as well as KGI’s normal orientation week. While it is not possible to complete a company internship while registered as a KGI student under the 9 month option, it is possible to complete an internship prior to or after completing the program. 2. Full-time program starting in January. Under this option, students enroll in the program for a full 12 month calendar year. An advantage of this option is that students can participate within KGI’s industry internship program during the Summer. While KGI does not guarantee internships, the Institute has long standing contacts with numerous employers interested in recruiting KGI students for paid internships. The January starting time does create challenges for students, however, in that students are not “in synch” with KGI’s normal academic year and co-curricular activities. 3. Part-time program. It is possible to enroll in the PPM program on a part-time basis, typically while working. There are two basic plans for taking the program part-time: a. Four semester option. This is the most common part-time option, and allows students to work on the degree part-time over two academic years. Students pursuing this option normally take all required introductory management courses and some electives during the first year, and the TMP and additional electives during the second year. b. Three semester option. It is possible to take courses part-time for one academic year, and then enroll full-time for a third academic semester to finish the degree. This option takes careful planning, as students must take two full semesters (4 course credits) of the TMP course to graduate. Students pursuing this option would typically need to enroll in the TMP during the second and third semesters of their PPM residency. [-]