Ph.D. Program in Physiology

Main Aim:

    The aim of this program is to train individuals in order to become academic members of the universities, who can teach to postgraduate students and do original research of high quality in specialized area of physiology.
     

Objectives:

   
1- Provide students with advanced and new knowledge in sub-disciplines of physiology.
2- Provide students with an understanding of how molecular, cellular and organ level functions are integrated to support life of the organism in normal physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

 

3- Provide students in-depth training in laboratory research and application of scientific methods in order to becoming professional scientists capable of doing original research at high-levels in specialized area of physiology.
   

Admission Requirements:

  Four students are accepted per two-years, who:
  A- Hold a M.Sc. degree in physiology or a professional doctoral degree in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary.
B- Are chosen through a countrywide selecting exam.
C- Meet the requirements of the University Office of Graduate Studies.
   
Duration & Schedule:
 

A full-time four to five years Ph.D. program is performed in 8-10 continuative semesters.
First semester : October to January, Second semester: February to June.

     

Course List:

Ph.D. program in physiology, containing 27-31 credits, from the following courses:
  A- Required courses (6 credits):
    Mathematics, Advanced statistics, Working and nourishing laboratory animals,and Molecular cell biology.
B- Elective courses (43 credits):
  Physiology research workshop, Electrophysiology, Exercise physiology,Comparative physiology, Biocontrol, Growth physiology, Environmental physiology, Special topics in histology, Special topics in anatomy, Special topics in immunology, Special topics in biochemistry, Special topics in embryology, Nutritional physiology & Bioenergetics , Electron microscope, Genetics, Behavioral physiology, Radioisotopes & Biology, Electronics, Neuroendocrinology, Biomechanics, and Physical chemistry.
C- Compulsory courses (21 credits):
  Advanced new topics in autonomic nervous system, Advanced new topics in cell physiology, Advanced new topics in special senses physiology, Advanced new topics in neurophysiology, Advanced new topics in cardiovascular physiology, Advanced new topics in blood physiology, Advanced new topics in respiratory physiology, Advanced new topics in endocrine gland physiology, Advanced new topics in reproductive physiology, Advanced new topics in renal & body fluid physiology, Advanced new topics in digestive physiology.
D- Thesis (20 credits):
  Thesis-I, II, III & IV.
   
Curriculum:
    In the first 2-years the taught courses are taken (learning period), and after passing a comprehensive exam, the research work of thesis (20 credits) is done during the next 2 to 3 years (research period), under supervision of a member of the departmental academic staff. The curriculum for the Ph.D. program in physiology is as following:  
  A- Learning Period (2 years):

First Semester 
    2   credits 1- *Molecular cell biology (169439)
2        “ 2- Mathematics (169401)
1        “ 3- Working and nourishing laboratory animals (169403)
2        “ 4- Advanced new topics in cell physiology (169406)
     5 – 7 credits
Total

Second Semester
    2   credits 1- *Advanced statistics (169402)
2        “ 2- Advanced new topics in special senses physiology (169408)
2        “ 3- Advanced new topics in neurophysiology (169407)
3        “ 4- Advanced new topics in cardiovascular physiology (169410) 
1        “ 5- Advanced new topics in autonomic nervous system (169409)
8 – 10 credits
Total

Third Semester
    1    credits 1- Physiology research workshop (169418)
2        “ 2- Electrophysiology (169437)
2        “ 3- Advanced new topics in respiratory physiology (169416)
2        “ 4- Advanced new topics in endocrine gland physiology (169411)
2        “ 5- Advanced new topics in reproductive physiology (169412)
1        “ 6- Advanced new topics in blood physiology (169413)
      10     credits
Total

Fourth Semester
    2    credits 1- Advanced new topics in renal & body fluid physiology (169415)
2        “ 5- Advanced new topics in digestive physiology (169414)
      4     credits
Total

* if it has not be taken during M.Sc. period.

Research period (2-3 years):
 

5   credits

=Thesis-I (169440)

1 st semester 

  5      “ = Thesis-II (169441) 2 nd semester
5      “ = Thesis-III (169442) 3 rdsemester
5      “ =Thesis-IV (169443) 4 th semester
  0      “ = Thesis-0 (169444) 5 thsemester
0      “ = Thesis-0 (169444) 6 thsemester
 

Degree Requirements:

  A-Complete all courses with a grade of at least 14/20, and a GPA of at least 15/20
B-Pass the comprehensive exam with a grade of at least 15/20
C-Research, write and successfully defend a thesis of original research work
D-Meet the requirements of the University Office of Graduate Studies
     
Expected Learning Outcomes:
  A- Theoretical Knowledge:
    Provide students with the advanced and current knowledge in all sub-disciplines of physiology through the discussion-based taught courses. Acquire the ability to increase their knowledge by self-reading of the new articles and references.

  B- Seminar Presentation:
    Each Ph.D. student should present seminars related to the compulsory courses taken in each semester, which promote the development of the abilities to learn, integrate and critically evaluate information from the primary scientific literature; and also the ability to deliver accurate, concise, and clear oral presentations.

  C- Teaching:
    In order to develop communication and teaching skills, Ph.D. students are in charge of physiology courses (at least 3 credit for each student) for undergraduate students, in which they prepare and deliver lectures and take exams. They also help M.Sc. students, as co-advisors, to prepare and present their seminars

  D- Research:
    The courses of physiology research workshop and electrophysiology provide students general experimental training to learn basic methods for working with laboratory animals (rabbit, mouse and rat); arterial, venous and cardiac cannulations; some surgical methods, e.g., gonadoctomy, adrenalectomy, pancreatectomy and thymectomy; some techniques, e.g., sperm mobility and counting, measuring and recording blood pressure by polygraphs and power lab system, electromagnetic flowmetery, stereotaxis, brain mapping, electroencephalogrpy , PCR and HPLC.

Thesis provide students with an original research experience including development of experimental design, application of scientific method, use of appropriate data analysis and writing of dissertation and manuscripts for submitting articles.

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