Research course

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry Ph.D. program

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from another institution. Completion of two years of undergraduate biology, one year each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and at least one semester of calculus. Overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Months of entry


Course content

The Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry track focuses on the structure and function of cellular components broadly defined and provides advanced training for graduate students in the use of a broad spectrum of biophysical, biochemical, and molecular biological methods to study these cellular components.

Faculty members use quantitative and/or specialized approaches, including X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and a variety of hydrodynamic approaches such as analytical ultracentrifugation, to acquire answers to fundamental questions of the relationship between form and function, an understanding that has important ramifications for the betterment of human health.

Department specialisms

Cancer Biochemistry Cell and Endocrine Signaling Computational Biochemistry, Bioinformatics Enzymology and Metabolic Regulation Membrane Proteins Neurobiological Mechanisms Proteomics and Metabolomics Structural Biology

Information for international students

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 68 for iBT. The minimum score for the academic version of the IELTS test is 6.5. Scores for either test must have been taken within two years of applying for admission.

Fees and funding

Students receive a stipend of $26,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program. Typically tuition is covered by the program in the first year and by faculty mentor or other grant sources thereafter.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony