Master of Science in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Graduate program in applied areas of biological and biomedical sciences.

The HBKU Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) master’s is a multidisciplinary graduate program that aims to train the next generation of leaders in biomedical sciences.

The master’s degree path offers students an education that provides them with an advanced level of knowledge – particularly in applied areas of biological and biomedical sciences – and develops critical and independent reasoning skills.

Exceptional students in the master’s program who successfully pass the candidacy exam may be permitted to transfer from the master’s program into the PhD program without writing a master’s thesis.

Program Focus

The exploration of a rigorous curriculum designed to provide a strong foundation as well as cutting-edge knowledge in both theoretical and applied aspects of biomedically relevant areas of biology.

The development of vital professional skills, such as clear verbal and written communication, critical evaluation of others’ work, as well as each student’s own work. 

Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art basic, clinical, computational, and translational life sciences research.


A 42-credit program, taught in English over two years that includes:

  • Mandatory foundation courses

  • A minimum of four elective courses

  • Attendance at departmental seminars

  • Thesis work and laboratory training