Doctor of Philosophy Programs
Doctor of Philosophy Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics

The program furnishes the students with firm background in Biology with specialization in genetics. It also prepares the student for competence in instruction, research and extension. For admission to the Ph.D. program he must hold an M.S. degree in the biological sciences and must have taken at least 6 units of intermediate genetics courses.

Doctor of Philosophy in Botany

The program develops the ability of the students to undertake critical inquiry and independent research, to widen their field of knowledge, as well as to develop their professional leadership. The fields of specialization are: morphology-anatomy, systematics, plant physiology, pollination biology, phycology and plant ecology.

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology

The program aims to produce highly qualified graduates needed primarily in learning and research institutions and industries. They shall possess in-depth skills in solving specific problems in microbiology in the context of providing the basic needs of man: food, health and energy. In addition, they should be capable of analyzing problems in microbiology, stimulating critical inquiry and conducting independent research.

Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics

The Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics (PhD STAT) program is designed to give the student a wide exposure to actual problems in statistical theory and methods. The program requires a minimum of 37 units, consisting of 6 units of core courses (STAT 341 and STAT 342), at least 9 unit of 200 level courses in Statistics, at least 9 units of cognate courses, 1 unit of graduate seminar, and 12 units of dissertation. Cognate field may be pursued in demography, genetics, economics, plant breeding, animal science, computer science, management, food science, information technology, mathematics, engineering science and hydrology, and water resources.

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics

The global trend in applied research necessitates the use of mathematical approaches. The Ph.D. Applied Mathematics in UPLB, the first doctorate degree program in applied mathematics in the Philippines, is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the study and creation of mathematical and computational methods to solve complex problems in various fields and industries. The goal is to produce graduates who are innovative problem solvers, combining advanced-level mathematical science and domain knowledge to help address local and global issues and challenges. This program seeks to contribute to the existing pool of experts in the field of Mathematics who are competent not only in theory but also in the use of these theories in obtaining predictions and quantitative prescriptions for complex problems.

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science

Two modes are offered: the residential mode and the research mode. The program is envisioned to develop and enhance advanced scholarship in applied and theoretical computer science, and to train and develop quality manpower for computer science education and the computer industry in the Philippines.

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Chemistry

The program provides a comprehensive training in advanced Agricultural Chemistry. A minimum of four semesters and one summer of residence is required; this is equivalent to satisfying 24 units of course work beyond the M.S. degree with at least 28 units in the graduate level.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry

The Ph.D. in Biochemistry program aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the basic concepts as well as the fast accumulating new body of knowledge in biochemistry. With this program, capability to undertake a thorough and intensive research in problem areas like plant and animal nutrition, biotechnology, industrial bioprocesses and environmental studies will be enhanced, thus supporting the national goal of industrialization and sustainable productivity. A minimum of six semesters of residence is required for the degree. The candidate must have 24 units of course work and 2 graduate seminars. Cognate courses may be in any of the following areas: nutrition, physiology, genetics, microbiology, plant, animal and food sciences.

Ph.D. by Research in Botany

The program is offered to qualified candidates who have already learned a substantial experience in research. It is aimed to improve further the research skills of the candidate in the areas of morphology/anatomy and systematics under the professional guidance of specialists.

PhD by Research in Zoology

The PhD by Research in Zoology is a graduate program for students who want to pursue their desired fields of interest using advanced research methods, state-of-the-art research facilities, and strong financial support from funding agencies. In this program, students are expected to conduct their own research with the guidance of their research supervisor. Among the potential fields of specialization include parasitology, marine biology, freshwater ecology, vertebrate physiology, and invertebrate biology. Prospective students should contact first a potential supervisor from the Animal Biology Division faculty before applying.

PhD by Research in Wildlife Science
The PhD by Research in Wildlife Science program provides a real time research platform for qualified students to use advanced research methods, state-of-the-art research facilities, as they conduct relevant research needed in their working institutions. They will be ushered to funding agencies for financial support and will be mentored through collaborative approaches that will address the multidisciplinary requirements of effective conservation and sustainability. Prospective students should contact first a potential supervisor from the Animal Biology Division faculty before applying.