Biology PhD

Gain a research-oriented degree in biology with study in one of many specializations through the Biology PhD in the College of Science and Technology. PhD students usually receive funding for their degree with either a teaching or research assistantship and a tuition waiver.

During your first year, you may choose a research group to join immediately or else perform up to three rotations through different research groups before settling on the lab you wish to join. Once admitted to candidacy, you’ll pursue specialized research towards completion of your degree.

Different areas of specialization and research offered by the department include

  • cellular and molecular neuroscience;
  • computational biology, focusing on computational evolutionary genomics;
  • ecology;
  • evolutionary medicine, an interdisciplinary field that examines contemporary human disease within the larger context of evolutionary history;
  • genetic epidemiology, an interdisciplinary field that examines the impact of genetic and environmental factors on modern human disease;
  • molecular, cellular and developmental biology; and
  • population genetics, a sub-field of genetics and evolutionary biology which examines genetic change over time within and between populations.

Learn more about core faculty members who work in each of these disciplines.

Classes & Curriculum

Following coursework in the first one to two years, you'll advance to candidacy and engage in research opportunities across the multiple labs and disciplines represented by the department. Doctoral students undertake a preliminary examination and subsequently write and defend an original dissertation to demonstrate mastery of their primary research area and methods.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Doctor of Philosophy program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

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Out-of-state: [node:field_tuprog_tuition_nonresident] per credit

Student Clubs and Organizations

If you can find the time to participate while meeting the demands of your degree program, student clubs offer valuable opportunities to meet fellow graduate students, researchers, and professionals from science and technology related industries.

Clubs and organizations for students pursuing a Biology degree include:

Explore the full list of College of Science and Technology student clubs and organizations.

Study Away

If the demands of your degree program allow it, consider spending a summer or semester overseas building international connections with researchers from other countries. Temple’s study abroad program offers College of Science and Technology students opportunities to spend a summer or semester studying in China, Germany, Italy, South Korea, or Taiwan. Learn more about your study abroad options.


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