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Cellular Physiology and Biophysics, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #8 (ARWU) , NY,
The objective of this graduate program is to provide a stimulating and supportive environment which enables graduate students to acquire fundamental training in cellular and molecular biology and biophysics while participating in the rich intellectual life of Columbia University.

About

The centerpiece of our program is the close interaction between graduate students and faculty which occurs in graduate courses, laboratory rotations and thesis research. We make special efforts to tailor each student's educational program to his or her professional and personal goals enabling them to pursue careers as independent research scientists and educators.

The research interests of the faculty encompass many of the major themes of modern cell physiology and neurobiology. The Ph.D. program provides advanced training in biochemistry, biophysics, and cell and molecular biology in addition to thesis research.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Specific processes under study include analysis of the principles that determine how neural networks develop and mediate behavior, how neural interactions are changed when learning occurs, neural control of endocrine secretion, structure and developmental biology of the spinal cord, the physical basis for ion selectivity in channels of excitable membranes, neuromuscular transmission and more.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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Academic Requirements

The department welcomes applications from highly motivated students who have completed a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Admission to the program is based on academic record, recommendations, GRE scores, and a personal interview. Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination scores including the advanced test in either biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics. Prerequisites include differential and integral calculus, biostatistics, physics, general and organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biology or biochemistry. Students may make up specific deficiencies after admission. Computer literacy is recommended.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    44860 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22430 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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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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