Ph.D. On Campus

Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology

36 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
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Students who have passed the comprehensive examination in the PhD program and have completed at least 30 credit hours of approved course work for graduate credit, at least two-thirds of which must be at or above the 500-level, may petition the department for award of a master’s degree. The Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.


Program requirements

  • At least two additional approved graduate courses in the life sciences or chemistry, or physics, or other physical science to be determined upon consultation with the mentor and the dissertation committee. No survey courses will be accepted. 
  • At least 6 credit hours of topics offered in BCMB 615 or its equivalent. 
  • Participation in BCMB 601 and BCMB 603 during the entire period of residence. Participation in at least one journal club chosen from among BCMB 605, BCMB 606, BCMB 607, BCMB 608 for 6 semesters. 
  • Passing a comprehensive examination, taken before the end of the third year of study. 
  • A dissertation reporting the results of original and significant research carried out during the term of candidacy.
  • Passing a final oral examination which will be concerned primarily with the student’s dissertation.
The Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Programme Structure

The additional requirements for such a degree are:

  • Preparation of a research manuscript suitable for submission for publication in a major scientific journal and oral defense of that manuscript before an examining committee of three faculty members appointed by the head of the department, at least two of whom shall be members of the department.
  • Publication of at least one full-length paper in a major scientific journal as first author.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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Other requirements

General requirements

      • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
      • A non-refundable application fee 
      • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
      • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
      • Departmental application
      • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

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    31798 USD/year
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  • National

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13380 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
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