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Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #85 (BCR) Tucson, AZ, United States
The Cellular & Molecular Medicine PhD program offers students opportunities to pursue graduate studies in biomedical sciences with a general focus on the biological mechanisms of human disease. Faculty associated with the graduate program pursue research in cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, cardiovascular biology and cancer research.
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Overview

The Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) and Immunobiology (IMB) graduate programs have merged to create a new PhD program called the Graduate Program in MOLECULAR MEDICINE (GPMM). The GPMM at the University of Arizona is an interdepartmental, multidisciplinary training program fosters the development of scientists and educators who are prepared for lifelong participation in research and other intellectual pursuits.

 With an emphasis on bridging basic and translational science, Molecular Medicine students receive advanced training in the theory and practice of biomedical science. 

There are opportunities to investigate human health and disease ranging from biophysical studies at the atomic level, to modeling critical cellular process in tractable systems, to clinical research. The exposure and skills that students acquire prepare them for careers in biomedical research (including academia and the biotechnology industry), science education, journalism, and public policy.

The Department recruits students through the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences (ABBS) program, which Integrates recruiting and admissions for six PhD programs in biological and biomedical sciences. Students are admitted to the ABBS with no formal commitment to a particular PhD program. 

Students peform three laboratory rotations with faculty associated in any of the programs. This provides unusual flexibility for students to explore various areas of study. At the end of rotations, students will matriculate into one of the participating five graduate programs based upon their interests and the laboratory that they enter.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Cell Biology
  • Science, Society, & Ethics 
  • Introduction to Systems Biology 
  • Nucleic Acids, Metabolism, and Signaling 
  • Seminar Series 
  • Student Seminar 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

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General Requirements

  • BS, BA or MS degree in biological or physical sciences
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Prior research experience is highly desirable
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1729 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1729 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    812 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 812 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Tucson

  • 830 - 1140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

The Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program in partnership with the Sarver Heart Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Bellows Cardiovascular Graduate Research Fellowship. This award has been made possible due to a generous gift provided by the Bellows Foundation. This is a competitive award intended to support incoming/first year graduate students who have applied to the University of Arizona to pursue a Ph.D. degree involving education and research training in cardiovascular life sciences. The purpose of this award is to encourage and support the recruitment of outstanding graduate students whose research interests will lead to studies with an emphasis in cardiovascular research.  

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