12 months
56364 USD/year
56364 USD/year
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The Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics program at California Institute of Technology - Caltech has been established as an interdisciplinary program at the interface of biology, chemistry, and physics that seeks to understand the chemistry of life.


Program Description

Thus, biochemists and biophysicists study the atomic structure and folding of biopolymers; their interactions with each other and with small molecules; and the roles of particular biopolymers and biopolymer assemblies in cellular physiology. The basic building block of life is the cell and the intellectual focus of modern biochemistry and biophysics is to understand how individual parts interact to give cells their wide spectrum of functions. In particular, biochemistry and molecular biophysics addresses the principles through which the individual components of cells combine in an orderly self-association to produce their form, their function, and their dynamic behavior.

An integrated approach to graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biophysics has been organized primarily by the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering. The curriculum of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics program at California Institute of Technology - Caltech is designed to provide a broad background in biochemistry and biophysics of macromolecules and molecular assemblies, in addition to an appropriate depth of knowledge in the field selected for the Ph.D. thesis research. By graduation time, our students are expected not only to be highly competent in their chosen area of research, but to have also acquired a broad knowledge foundation in biochemistry and molecular biophysics, independently planned and conducted research experiments in their chosen area, and successfully defended their thesis work in an open forum.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biochemistry and Biophysics of Macromolecules and Molecular Assemblies
  • Biophysical/Structural Methods
  • Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
  • Macromolecular Function: kinetics, energetics, and mechanisms
  • Macromolecular Structure Determination with Modern X-ray Crystallography Methods
  • Current Research in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or the equivalent before beginning graduate study.
  • Transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A CV
  • Applicant's statement of purpose are required components of the application and are carefully and equally weighed during the evaluation process
  • GRE scores are not required
  • For applicants whose native language is not English or who have not received a degree from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction, it is important to demonstrate a strong capability in English. This can be done by self-reporting scores from the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the Cambridge Examinations and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or other services that provide a certified English-language proficiency examination.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    56364 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 56364 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    56364 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 56364 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Pasadena

1100 - 1600 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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