What will I learn?

Faculty research interests in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) reflect the broad nature of this discipline, including biochemistry, molecular genetics, systems biology, developmental biology, cell biology, metabolism, and organism interactions with the environment in microbial, plant and animal systems. A specially tailored degree plan is determined in consultation with the student’s major advisor and graduate committee members. Research laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art growth facilities and instrumentation for in-depth study of functional genomics, gene discovery, metabolomics, protein/nucleic acid structure and function, and molecular and cellular imaging.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology is a research program of 72 hours of graduate credit at the 5000 and 6000 course level beyond the bachelor’s degree or 42 hours beyond the master’s degree, including 9–12 hour dissertation.

The PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) is designed to provide a broad, graduate-level foundation, followed by advanced study and research to foster professional specialization. Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of six BMB courses across the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell biology and BMB tools (a minimum of one course in each discipline, and two additional courses) in consultation with the student’s advisory committee. Supporting elective courses may be in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics as the advisory committee deems appropriate. Contact the department for further details on qualifying courses. Students must enroll in BIOL 5860 at least once per year for the duration of their degree.

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (42 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,988.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Science

1155 Union Circle #311365,



76203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Completed Masters or Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Overall grade point average of 3.5 (4.0 scale).

For international students

Applicants must hold

  • Undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 overall and greater than or equal to 3.2 in the last 60 hours.
  • GPA greater than or equal to 3.4 overall for any prior graduate work.

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL: internet based - 79, or paper based - 550. A score of at least 6.5 is required on the IELTS.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of North Texas

One of the largest public Tier 1 (top 3%) U.S. research universities, the University of North Texas is the choice of over 3000 international students.

  • One of the nation’s largest public research universities
  • Ranked by Carnegie Foundation as Tier 1 research university
  • 239 degree programs across 14 colleges
  • One of the nation’s most diverse universities

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