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Physiology and Biophysics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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As outlined below, the department offers PhD, MD/PhD and Master of Science degrees. These programs are tailored to prepare students for successful careers in biomedical, pharmaceutical and industrial research. The department offers multiple graduate-level programs, each of which uses state-of-the-art molecular, cell biology, and biophysical approaches to study physiological questions at a variety of different organizational levels. The goal is to provide an outstanding training opportunity. The major goals of the PhD and Tech Masters programs are to provide students with a broad knowledge base in organ systems and integrated physiology and in-depth expertise and outstanding research potential in the fields of cellular and molecular physiology and molecular and cellular biophysics. These goals are accomplished using a series of foundation and advanced topic courses, skill development courses, laboratory rotations and thesis research. The MS in Medical Physiology program is a post-baccalaureate program designed to help students prepare for admission to medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school or for opportunities to work in the biotechnology industry. 

To earn a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics, a student must complete rotations in at least three laboratories followed by selection of a research advisor, and complete Core and Elective coursework including responsible conduct of research. Students who previously completed relevant coursework, for example with a MS, may petition to complete alternative courses. Each graduate program follows the overall regulations established and described in CWRU Graduate Studies and documented to the Regents of the State of Ohio.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    29-61 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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General Requirements

  • Statement of Objectives
  • Academic Transcripts: Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified translations in English 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation 
  • Application Fee: A non refundable application fee of $50 is required for each application submitted 
  • Test Scores 
  • Applicants must have a good academic record 
  • Applicants will be expected to meet all of the undergraduate prerequisites for the proposed field of graduate study

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