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Physiology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
The Graduate Program of the Department of Physiology from University of Kentucky is a Ph.D. program. It is designed to educate and train students to be competent research scientists and teachers of physiology. The main program objectives focus on providing students with the capacity to carry out independent research and to be trained in the teaching of physiology.
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The specific objectives of the program are to provide students with:

    The capacity to carry out independent research in an area of physiology. This includes the ability to: conceive new and significant hypotheses; investigate the literature with respect to these hypotheses; design studies/experiments to test hypotheses; develop a critical approach to experimental design; and communicate the results of this research in both written and oral formats;
    Opportunities for training in the teaching of physiology. This may include any of a broad spectrum of experiences and may involve the use of a wide range of educational approaches.

In order to foster these objectives the department is committed to providing each student with:

    An environment that promotes independent development and habits of life-long scholarship.
    A broad base of knowledge of the principles of molecular, cellular and organ-system physiology. The student should be able to comprehend and use information from different areas of physiology and have the ability to analyze physiological problems quantitatively.

To fulfill these objectives, the graduate program from University of Kentucky, combines individualized training with formal coursework, independent research activities, interaction with scholars at the tutorial level, and independent reading. A high premium is placed on individual responsibility of the student to work toward the above objectives.

The Physiology program is offered at University of Kentucky.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Statistics
  • Mammalian Endocrinology
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology
  • Principles of Neurobiology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three faculty members who are familiar with your undergraduate and graduate coursework, research, etc.
  • A personal statement indicating research interest and goals for doctoral study and beyond.
  • A CV indicating any academic honors, publications, research experience, and relevant work experience (if applicable).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30224 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15112 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    12726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6363 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    12726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6363 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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