24 months
61050 USD/year
61050 USD/year
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Boston University's Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Boston University School of Medicine offers programs leading to the PhD or MA. Each program stresses laboratory training and original research performed under the direction of a faculty member, as well as satisfactory performance in graduate coursework.


Key facts

In the first and second years of both Boston University's PhD and MA programs in Physiology and Biophysics, a core curriculum of Foundations in Biomedical Sciences courses is supplemented with biophysics and physiology. The program emphasizes flexibility and individual choice. In the first year, students do research rotations in the laboratories of 2–3 (MA) or 3–4 (PhD) faculty members to gain firsthand knowledge of a variety of research areas.

At the end of the first year, students select a degree advisor and continue research toward the MA or PhD degree. In the second year students continue to take courses and PhD students must pass a qualifying exam. Throughout their training, students also participate in a weekly department seminar series and report their research progress annually at a student seminar day.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Structural Biology
  • Macromolecular Assemblies: Protein-Protein, Protein-Nucleic Acid, and Membrane Protein Assemblies
  • Macromolecular Assemblies: Lipid-Protein Assemblies
  • Human Physiology
  • Physiology of Specialized Cells

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


  • A completed Application for Graduate Admission
  • Three letters of recommendation. 
  • A personal statement
  • A current résumé
  • Transcript(s) 
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $85 


  • International Student Data Form
  • Authorized financial statement from a bank (original, shown in U.S. dollars)
  • Copy of current I-20 and I-94, both sides (if applicable)
  • Letter of financial support from a sponsor (firm, government, parents, etc.)
  • Notarized English translations of all documents not in English

Tuition Fee

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    61050 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 61050 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    61050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 61050 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

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


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