The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program aims to cultivate doctoral graduates who are capable of the design, initiation and execution of original research, who can independently conduct advanced research projects, who possess both a broad knowledge of modern life science and an in-depth knowledge of specialized areas, and who can also contribute original knowledge to the field of life sciences by publishing their findings in peer-reviewed international journals.
On successful completion of the PhD program, graduates will be able to:
- Examine and apply knowledge of modern life science and in-depth knowledge of specialized areas in Life Science;
- Design, initiate and execute original scientific research independently;
- Apply and develop proper approaches to address scientific problems and make a contribution to the knowledge of the field;
- Evaluate experimental data by applying scientific methods to reach a critical analysis, draw appropriate conclusions, and offer sound arguments to justify a position;
- Communicate effectively (written and verbal) the research output to both specialists and peers in their field as well as to a lay audience;
- Work independently and collaborate effectively in teams and partnerships to accomplish laboratory-based or problem-based tasks;
- Exhibit professional awareness and vigilance in upholding ethical conduct in science and technology; and
- Draw on scientific knowledge in developing a principled worldview and apply this to persuading and influencing others through informed discussion of the impact of science, both as a force for progress and as an agent of harm.
The programs are offered by the Division of Science with the following research foci and state-of-the-art facilities, providing students with an inspirational environment for learning and tackling the challenges in modern life science.
- Cellular Regulation and Signaling
- Cancer Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
- Macromolecular Structure and Function
- Biotechnology and Medicinal Biochemistry
Faculty members working in these areas form a coordinated research team. Such coordination takes full advantage of the faculty’s expertise in generating innovative development and productive research. At the same time, it creates a stimulating atmosphere in which students experience the challenge of modern research through direct participation.
The Division is excellently equipped for research in a broad range of areas. The Animal Care and Plant Care Facility provides a centralized and modern facility for animals and plants. Centralized state-of-the-art facilities for biochemical and cellular studies are provided by the Biosciences Central Research Facility. The Division also has the following facilities:
Facilities for the cultivation, maintenance, characterization and cold storage of animal and plant cells.
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Major equipment includes fluorescence-activated cell sorters, real-time PCR machines, ultracentrifuges, spectrophotometers and spectrofluorimeters, MALDI-TOF/ TOF and LC-MS mass spectrometers, GC, optical tweezers, patch clamp, gamma and liquid scintillation counters.
The Division has an array of state-of-the-art imaging facilities including several fluorescence microscopes, confocal laser scanning microscopes, atomic force microscope, total internal reflection fluorescence microscope, STED and STORM superresolution microscopes.
Biomolecular Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers
Our state-of-the-art NMR facility consists of 500, 750 and 800 MHz NMR spectrometers equipped with cryoprobes for structure-function studies. NMR is used to study structure, dynamics and function of proteins, nucleic acids and other bio-molecules in solution. In addition, NMR can also facilitate drug screening and design.
To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.1. General Admission Requirements of the University
- Applicants seeking admission to a master’s degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;
- Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.
2. English Language Admission Requirements
Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:
- TOEFL-iBT: 80*
- TOEFL-pBT: 550
- TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
- IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5
* refers to the total score in one single attempt
Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if
- their first language is English, or
- they obtained the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.