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Pathobiology and Mechanisms of Disease, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #7 (BCR) Manhattan, NY, United States
The Pathobiology and Mechanisms of Disease Program at Columbia University is designed to give PhD students a strong background in graduate-level biology. 
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Overview

Columbia University has created a curriculum that deeply examines the basic science, clinical, and social implications of a number of diseases in great detail. Diseases like sickle cell anemia, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, neuromuscular diseases, liver diseases, diabetes, and diseases of the eye are major areas of research focus. 

The Pathobiology and Mechanisms of Disease program aims at a new approach to converting basic research of disease into clinically relevant results. Alumni have gone on to important positions in academia, government, and industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Molecular Genetics 
  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Cellular Tissue and Architecture
  • Mechanisms of Human Disease 
  • Statistics for the Basic Sciences

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7.5

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    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

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

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • A basic knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics
  • A personal interview
  • Letters of recommendation from former instructors

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Fellowships are awarded in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of graduate students. Thus, graduate fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship.

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