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Molecular Biology, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration
University rank #6 (WUR) Princeton, NJ, United States
The graduate program in the Department of Molecular Biology fosters the intellectual development of modern biologists. We welcome students from a variety of educational backgrounds, and offer an educational program that goes well beyond traditional biology. 
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Overview

  •  The molecular biology department at Princeton is a tightly knit, cohesive group of scientists that includes undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty with diverse but overlapping interests. Graduate students have a wide choice of advisers, with a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary interests and research objectives.
  •  The graduate program offers each entering student the opportunity, with the help of faculty advisers, to design the intellectual program that best meets his or her unique scientific interests. Each student chooses a series of research rotations with faculty members in molecular biology and associated departments (chemistry, computer science, ecology and evolutionary biology, engineering, physics and psychology). Entering students, with the aid of the graduate committee, select core and elective courses from a large number of offerings in a variety of departments and disciplines. This combination of a cohesive department, one-on-one advising, and individualized programs of course work and research provides an ideal environment for graduate students to flourish as independent scientists.
  • Areas of concentration include biochemistry, biophysics, cancer, cell biology, computation and modeling, development, evolution, genetics, genomics, microbiology and virology, neuroscience, policy and structural biology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses listed below are graduate-level courses that have been approved by the program’s faculty as well as the Curriculum Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on the Graduate School as permanent course offerings. Permanent courses may be offered by the department or program on an ongoing basis, depending on curricular needs, scheduling requirements, and student interest. 

Courses include:

  • Cellular Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Microbial Genetics
  • Method and Logic in Quantitative Biology
  • Viruses: Strategy and Tactics
  •  Neuroscience: From Molecules to Systems to Behavior
  • Research Projects in Molecular Biology (Laboratory Rotations)

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Fall Semester Grades
  • Prerequisite Tests
  • English Language Tests
  • GRE 
  • Application Fee: $90
Additional Departmental Requirements: 
  •  Applicants may submit a statement with their application, briefly describing how their academic interests, background, or life experiences would advance Princeton’s commitment to diversity within the Graduate School and to training individuals in an increasingly diverse society.  Please submit a succinct statement of no more than 500 words.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49450 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    49450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49450 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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For Ph.D. candidates, tuition and fees are provided in the form of tuition support from fellowships, assistantships, or external sources.

Living costs for Princeton

  • 2022 - 4980 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Sources of Funding

  • Fellowships
  • Assistantships
  • External Funding
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • Travel Grants
  • Education Loans and Work Study
  • Assistance Programs

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