PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Doctoral program in applied areas of biological and biomedical sciences.

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

The PhD 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.

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 minimum of 81-credit program, taught in English, typically over 4 to 5 years that includes:

  • mandatory foundation courses

  • A minimum of four elective courses

  • Participation in departmental seminars

  • Participation in the BBS journal club

  • Thesis work and laboratory training (a minimum of 7 semesters)

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