Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology

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The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Molecular Biology is offered through a cooperative program of the Federation of North Texas Area Universities that includes Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas. Within this degree option, course work is available in neurobiology.

The federation doctoral program provides opportunities for formal course work, seminars, independent study, participation in regional and national conferences, and dissertation research. The program also includes federation-sponsored seminars featuring outstanding nationally and internationally recognized educators.

Graduate students enrolled at either UNT or TWU take courses at both universities, thus benefiting from the combined faculties of each school. Students graduating from a federation program will be granted the Ph.D. from the university through which they entered the program.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

A minimum of 90 semester credit hours including those at the master’s level and 6 semester credit hours for dissertation.


(To be fulfilled by every Ph.D. student as early as possible in the program.)

BIOL 6513Molecular Biology3
BIOL 6334Advanced Cell Biology4
BIOL 6734Advanced Genetics4
2 semesters of graduate Biochemistry
6 semester credit hours of "Techniques" courses (from a selection of "skill" courses such as Biostatistics, Electron Microscopy, Plasmid Techniques, Specific Molecular Techniques, etc.).6

Research Tools

Proficiency in two competencies such as foreign languages, statistics, or computer science.

Residence Requirement

A Ph.D. candidate must spend one academic year in residence on the Denton campus.


6 to 12 dissertation hours

Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examination will consist of two parts: a written literature review; and an oral examination covering the contents of the literature review as well as the field of cell and molecular biology. The student’s advisory/research committee administers the examination.

Final Examination

An open seminar in which the student discusses research results, and an oral examination by the dissertation committee are required.