The interdisciplinary PhD Program accommodates all aspects of Biomedical Science in the broadest sense of the term.  This Program is open to participation by faculty conducting research in this area irrespective of academic affiliation. Currently, the major participants are from the departments of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Biomolecular Science Center and Nanoscience Technology Center.

This training produces scientists who are not only capable of doing independent research, but who can also work as part of interdisciplinary teams to solve important problems in biomedical sciences.

Program Curriculum

The Biomedical Sciences PhD program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including a minimum total of 27 hours of formal course work exclusive of independent study that are required.

The program requires 23 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of electives, and a minimum of 15 credit hours of dissertation research. The remaining 22 credit hours may consist of additional electives, doctoral research and/or dissertation research. Students with an earned master’s degree may request that up to 30 credit hours of previous course work be waived.

New students will take a two-semester introductory course, participate in laboratory rotations to identify a research area of interest, and take a sequence of required seminars.

Total Credit Hours Required:

72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree


Program Research:

As the sixth largest university in the United States, UCF’s world-renowned faculty, international curricula and research opportunities provide the perfect setting for an exceptional academic experience. Our Biomedical Sciences PhD program’s burgeoning biomedical research promises to generate intellectual property that will spark a biomedical industry in the central Florida region. Burnett school scientists focus their research on cancer, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases.  Funded research projects include:

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Tumor Invasion and metastasis
  • Gene chip technology
  • Stem cell therapies
  • Molecular biological and biophysical techniques
  • Infectious diseases

Program Strengths:

Our program offers students an opportunity to study in-depth the molecular processes found in both normal and pathological disease states, disease intervention and gene therapy. The creative environment within the program provides students close contact with a faculty composed of internationally recognized biomedical scientists.


Biomedical Sciences PhD program is an interdisciplinary program from the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine. Participating units include the Molecular Biology and Microbiology Department, Biology Department, Chemistry Department, Nanoscience and Technology Center, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and the Biomolecular Science Center.

Career Opportunities:  

Our program prepares students with an education and training as a scientist as well as the ability to conduct independent interdisciplinary research. Graduates of this program will be employed by:




Points of Pride: 

The Burnett Biomedical Sciences building at the UCF Health Sciences Lake Nona Campus opened in Fall 2009. This 198,000 square foot building is five stories of state-of-the-art equipment and space for our research teams headed by 19 faculty members. It also house a major transgenic animal facility and three Biosafety level 3 laboratories.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants entering the program with regular status are expected to have completed course work required for a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, molecular biology or microbiology.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

Admission is based on an overall assessment of the qualifications submitted and the interview. All admissions to graduate status are competitive and based on availability of faculty for sponsoring research.

Thank you for your interest in our PhD Biomedical Sciences Program. We are currently accepting applications for our 2017 class.

Application Deadline: Dec 15th       


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