Doctorate Degrees in Biology

Compare 30 PhD Programs in Biology

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There are many PhD Biology programs located around the world, each offering unique programs and perspectives, with high quality education and professional faculty. Many PhD programs in Biology are innovative and interactive with students working closely with other students as well as faculty. 

PhD in Biology programs usually include gaining a solid foundation in biology knowledge base, as well as such concentrations as ecology, evolutionary biology, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and neuroscience. PhD programs in Biology usually consist of challenging coursework, seminars, laboratory work, research, and dissertation, all working closely with faculty. Graduates of PhD Biology programs are prepared to enter careers as educators and researchers at private and public institutions. 

If you are considering a PhD degree in Biology, then scroll through the options below and take the next step toward your personal and professional goals!

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PhD Program in Biology and Molecular Biology

European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Campus 4 years Open Enrollment Germany Heidelberg

Unique in the world and waiting for you! The EMBL International Ph.D. Programme, originally established in 1983, represents the flagship of EMBL's commitment to first class training and education. Internationality, dedicated mentoring and early independence in research characterize our programme. Considered to be one of the most competitive Ph.D. training schemes to enter, we are committed to providing EMBL Ph.D. students with the best starting platform for a successful career in science. [+]

PhDs in Biology. Training and inspiring the next scientific generation – EMBL's tradition of excellence

As Europe’s only intergovernmental research organization in the life sciences and as a leading laboratory in molecular biology, EMBL is dedicated to promoting excellence in the molecular life sciences throughout Europe. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is by inspiring and fostering talented young scientists to turn them into skilled and creative future leaders.

The EMBL International Ph.D. Programme is Europe’s ‘best in class’ Ph.D. programme for the life sciences. 240 students from over 40 countries are carrying out Ph.D. research at EMBL at any time. Every year we admit an average of 60 new students, who belong to the top science graduates in their countries. They are carefully selected from a large multi-national pool of applicants that reached over 1700 applications in 2012.... [-]


Integrated MSc-PhD in Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience

Weizmann Institute of Science, Feinberg Graduate School
Campus Full time Part time October 2018 Israel Rehovot

The study of Neuroscience is viewed by many as the ultimate frontier of science. It comprises a diverse set of approaches, from the study of genes to the study of neurons, synapses, circuits, behavior, and cognition. Neuroscience in the Weizmann Institute embraces research in all of these aspects. [+]

Neuroscience and brain research

The study of Neuroscience is viewed by many as the ultimate frontier of science. It comprises of a diverse set of approaches, from the study of genes to the study of neurons, synapses, circuits, behavior, and cognition. Neuroscience in the Weizmann Institute embraces research in all of these aspects. The Institute has a large and vibrant community of Neuroscientists, and it is one of the leading centers of Neural and Brain Research worldwide. Using an extensive range of models and state-of-the-art techniques, Neuroscientists at Weizmann strive to understand neuronal function in health and disease.

The Weizmann Institute offers this competitive Integrated MSc/ Ph.D. program (Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience) - an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary training and education for the next generation of Neuroscientists.... [-]


Ph.D. International Max Planck Research School for Neural Circuits

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Campus Full time 3 years October 2019 Germany Frankfurt

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Neural Circuits was established in 2011 and offers around ten fully-paid positions every year for talented students holding a relevant Masters or Bachelors as their highest degree to perform research resulting in a PhD. The program is taught in English. [+]

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Neural Circuits was established in 2011 and offers around ten fully-paid positions every year for talented students holding a relevant Masters or Bachelors as their highest degree to perform research resulting in a PhD. The program is taught in English.

We offer a multidisciplinary program to excellent doctoral students with backgrounds in neuroscience, mathematics, physics, computer science, (bio) chemistry, biology and medicine as well as research experience in the participating institutions of the Frankfurt Neuroscience community. Students will participate in a tailor-made educational program including research rotations and neuroscience courses but also in training in transferable skills as well as retreats, conferences and summer schools and lecture series. A special fast-track option is offered to students with a Bachelor’s as their highest degree.... [-]


PhD Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability

Queen's University Belfast
Campus Full time Part time 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom Belfast + 1 more

The primary focus of the Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics research cluster is fundamental and applied aspects of ecology, environmental economics, conservation, aquaculture, animal behavior, molecular taxonomy and molecular genetics, particularly involving links between these aspects. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. [+]

PhD Ecosystem Biology and Sustainability

The primary focus of the Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics research cluster is fundamental and applied aspects of ecology, environmental economics, conservation, aquaculture, animal behavior, molecular taxonomy and molecular genetics, particularly involving links between these aspects. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students.

RESEARCH STRENGTHS Animal behavior/communication Biodiversity and ecosystem services Coastal and deep-water marine biology Ecological management Economics of water quality and sustainable catchment management Ecosystem ecology, modeling and mathematical biology Freshwater biology/fish biology Invasive species and their impact Molecular ecology, systematics, and phylogeography in algae, plants, invertebrates, fish, and mammals Sustainable aquaculture of shellfish and algae Urban land use, economics, and management Valuing biodiversity, agri-environment schemes and outdoor recreation including use of GIS and spatial econometrics Wildlife ecology, especially of birds and mammals ENTRY REQUIREMENTS ... [-]

PhD in Biology

Northern Arizona University
Campus Full time August 2019 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 residency requirements pass the oral exam on your dissertation ... [-]

PhD in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA San Francisco

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community. [+]

The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) PhD program aims to create the leadership necessary for profound, progressive, transformation of social institutions and individual consciousness. PCC is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community.

PCC attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world. Drawing upon some of the most powerful ideas of Western intellectual and spiritual traditions, together with insights from Asian spiritual philosophies and indigenous worldviews, the PCC faculty has constructed a multidisciplinary course of study to help accelerate each student's journey into his or her particular leadership role.... [-]


Ph.D. in Marine Science (MarS)

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Campus September 2019 Saudi Arabia Thuwal

The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared. [+]

PhDs in Biology. ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared. The goal of the Marine Science Program is to develop an integrated understanding of the Red Sea’s ecosystem as well as marine ecosystems in general, including fundamental biology at the molecular and genomic levels, symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), associated communities of fish and corals and the physical and chemical environment that impacts and shapes them. This understanding could have an impact on global carbon cycling, endangered species and how we manage the harvesting of resources from the Oceans. Ph.D. DEGREE ... [-]

PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Koc University - Istanbul Turkey
Campus Full time 4 - 5 years September 2019 Turkey Istanbul

Chemical & Biological Engineering is a discipline that integrates chemistry and biology at the molecular level and uses this broad foundation along with engineering fundamentals to study the [+]

PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Chemical & Biological Engineering is a discipline that integrates chemistry and biology at the molecular level and uses this broad foundation along with engineering fundamentals to study the synthesis of new processes and products. Our graduate program in Chemical and Biological Engineering is an interdisciplinary program that combines chemical engineering fundamentals and systems biology to meet the research challenges of the future.The research areas of interest are:

Drug Discovery Tissue Engineering Plant Biotechnology Protein-Protein Interactions Protein Folding Process Dynamics, Control, and Optimization Systems Engineering Catalysis Supercritical Fluids Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials Fuel Cells and Sustainable Development Computational Fluid Dynamics Polymer Science and Engineering Microfluidics Biological Clock Interaction Networks and Pathways Modeling of metal-organic frameworks for energy applications Molecular simulations of crystalline nanoporous membranes for gas separations Computational studies of adsorption and diffusion in porous materials Supercritical fluids and ionic liquids ... [-]

Doctor of Philosophy in Biology

Sunway University
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years January 2019 Malaysia Shah Alam + 1 more

This research-driven program aims to further develop your current research skills in one of a number of key areas of biology. [+]

This research-driven program aims to further develop your current research skills in one of a number of key areas of biology.

Working with your supervisors, you will be exposed to the many aspects of research activities including critical analysis of literature, identifying an area of contribution, gathering information and communicating ideas through journal publications and conference presentations.

Tutorials will be conducted in an exclusive, one-to-one manner and supervisors will be on hand to support you throughout the duration of the program. Prior to enrolment, prospective candidates will have to consult Sunway’s qualified and experienced supervisors to ascertain the area of research.... [-]


EngD in BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 4 years October 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

Our 4-year fully funded PhD programme offers projects aligned with the BBSRC strategic priorities in Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology, and Bioenergy and world-class Bioscience (Molecules, Cells, and Organisms). [+]

We offer talented graduates the opportunity to engage in the globally recognized research environment of The University of Nottingham.

Advances in the biosciences offer genuine opportunities to focus on the worldwide challenges such as food security, new sources of energy and the development of sustainable sources for chemical products.

Our training programme is fashioned to the individual needs of the student to ensure that they are equipped with the skills and experience they need to take them through their PhD journey and beyond into academic and other career opportunities.

Students on the programme will spend time in the labs on three mini-projects to give a wide variety of experience and skills before starting work on their PhD project.... [-]


PhD in Environmental Life Sciences

University of Trieste
Campus Full time 3 years October 2018 Italy Trieste

The Ph.D. Course aims to prepare well-qualified scientists able to critically manage the implementation of EU and national regulations concerning with environmental analysis and to autonomously develop research activities in the field of environment. [+]

The Ph.D. Course aims to prepare well-qualified scientists able to critically manage the implementation of EU and national regulations concerning with environmental analysis and to autonomously develop research activities in the field of environment. The course is focused on both theoretical and experimental activities. It includes the following ERC research areas:

Terrestrial ecology, land cover change (PE10_4); Biogeochemistry, biogeochemical cycles, environmental chemistry (PE10_9); Soil science (PE10_13); Ecology (theoretical and experimental; population, species, and community level) (LS8_1); Biodiversity, conservation biology, conservation genetics, invasion biology (LS8_4); Evolutionary biology: evolutionary ecology and genetics, co-evolution (LS8_5); Environmental and marine biology (LS8_8); Environmental toxicology at the population and ecosystems level (LS8_9); Microbial ecology and evolution (LS8_10); Agriculture related to animal husbandry, dairying, livestock raising (LS9_3); Agriculture related to crop production, soil biology and cultivation, applied plant biology (LS9_5); Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics (LS8_2); Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (LS2).... [-]


Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience

University of Lethbridge
Campus Full time 48 months September 2019 Canada Lethbridge

Concentrations of the program: behavioural neuroscience, cell and molecular neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging, neuropsychology. [+]

Intake

Summer, Fall and Spring

Concentrations Behavioural neuroscience Cell and molecular neuroscience Cognitive neuroscience Computational neuroscience Neuroimaging Neuropsychology [-]

PhD of Science in Biological Sciences

University of Windsor, Graduate
Campus Full time 3 - 5 years September 2019 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. [+]

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 is 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.... [-]


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Microbiology

Alabama State University
Campus Full time September 2019 USA Montgomery

The objective of the Ph.D. degree in Microbiology is to impart advanced scientific knowledge in microbiology, to provide training opportunities in conducting state-of-the-art basic research in microbiology, and closely related disciplines. [+]

The objective of the Ph.D. degree in Microbiology is to impart advanced scientific knowledge in microbiology, to provide training opportunities in conducting state-of-the-art basic research in microbiology, and closely related disciplines.

Program Vision and Goals

The ultimate vision of the Ph.D. program in microbiology at Alabama State University is to make essential scientific and societal advancements for the benefit of the state of Alabama, region, and nation through the operation of a unique new doctoral research and training program. The research, education and service outcomes of the proposed Ph.D. Program in Microbiology will benefit Alabama’s citizens in important ways, namely: 1) create new opportunities to study environmental and commercial food resource issues important to the state’s economy, and the health and safety of its citizens, (2) provide marketable, doctoral-level training opportunities in areas of emerging scientific importance, (3) foster the development and implementation of scientific strategies that maximize stewardship of the state’s environmental and commercial resources, and (4) produce a pool of scientists capable of employing contemporary tools to address emerging societal threats such as rising food and waterborne diseases, bioterrorism, environmental contaminants, and new-generation microbial pathogens.... [-]


PhD in Structural and Functional Genomics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2018 Italy Trieste

The Ph.D. Course in Structural and Functional Genomics main mission is the training of enthusiastic young scientists focusing their interests in a broad spectrum of biological research disciplines. [+]

Our Mission

The Ph.D. Course in Structural and Functional Genomics main mission is the training of enthusiastic young scientists focusing their interests in a broad spectrum of biological research disciplines.

Projects within the Ph.D. Course Program span from genomics, transcriptomics and developmental genetics to structural biology, molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and developmental neurobiology. Crossing over research such as system biology may have a prominent role within the Ph.D. Course Program. Students are continuously exposed to cutting-edge research through year around classes, seminars, and workshops. The average ratio between supervisor and students is about 1 to 5.... [-]