Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

The graduate program in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences engages students in advanced research through the Cardiovascular Group, the Smooth Muscle Research Group and the Airways Inflammation Research Group. Students' individual research programs are supported by multidisciplinary, laboratory environments that encourage collaboration and exposure to new techniques and model systems.

Students gain a foundation in molecular biology, organ and vascular systems, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and pharmacology. The program is supported by state-of-the-art facilities and direct contact with patient-oriented research. Students typically advance to careers in health care-focused professions, as well as research opportunities in academia and industry.

Completing this program

  • Courses: The amount of required course work is determined by the student's supervisory committee.
  • Research Ethics: Students are required to attend Research Integrity Day sessions in the first year of their program. Additional Research Ethics requirements may apply, depending on the type of research being done.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
  • Seminars: Student participate in a journal club and work-in-progress seminars for their research group, and will present one seminar per year.
  • Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.

Outcomes

Researchers at academic institutions, education, medicine, government agencies, health organizations, private sector/industry, biotechnology start-up companies, clinical trials coordinators, research-oriented positions in pharmaceutical/biotech companies and Fortune 500 businesses.

A PhD in cardiovascular and respiratory sciences is usually considered a final degree; graduates may go on to pursue post-doctoral research.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Courses

Three courses, depending on academic background

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Six years maximum

Supervisor

A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


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    Todd Anderson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Atherosclerosis, lipids, endothelial function
  2. Andrew Braun

    Andrew Braun

    Accepting Inquiries
    Vascular Physiology and Ion Channel Function
  3. Steven Greenway

    Steven Greenway

    Accepting Inquiries
    Cell-free DNA, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Microbiome
  4. Joon Lee

    Joon Lee

    Accepting Inquiries
    Health Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Health
  5. Justin MacDonald

    Justin MacDonald

    Accepting Inquiries
    Vascular smooth muscle biology, Chronic inflammation, Chemoproteomic drug discovery
  6. Robert Newton

    Robert Newton

    Seeking Students
    Inflammation - Anti-inflammatory glucocorticoids
  7. Aaron Phillips

    Aaron Phillips

    Accepting Inquiries
    Research Area, Collaborations, Tools, Trainees
  8. John Tyberg

    John Tyberg

    Accepting Inquiries
    The Reservoir-Wave Approach, Evaluation of Vasomotion, Ventricular-Arterial Coupling, Evaluation of the Systemic Circulation in Neonates, Pulmonary Hypertension
  9. Xi-Long Zheng

    Xi-Long Zheng

    Seeking Students
    Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Pathogenesis of Cardiovascular Disease

Admission requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

An MSc degree or equivalent.

Work samples

None

Documents

Official transcripts are required.

Reference letters

Three

Test scores

None


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences

Graduate Science Education
HSC 341C, 3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1
403.210.9572

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Cumming School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre
Foothills Campus, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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