The Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program is an interdisciplinary program from the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Medicine that combines biological and physical science. This program is intended to educate students in independent research and team collaboration within the field.

The program provides doctoral education and training, combining biological and physical sciences. This training produces scientists capable of doing independent research while working as part of interdisciplinary teams to solve important problems in biomedical sciences.

The interdisciplinary PhD program accommodates all aspects of Biomedical Sciences in the broadest sense of the term. This program is open to participation by faculty confusing research in this area irrespective of academic affiliation.

Program Curriculum

The Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. 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 is required.

The program requires 23 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses, 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.

Qualifying Examinations

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 Ph.D. 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:

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.


Active partnerships formed with other units at UCF, such as the College of Optics and Photonics, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona and the NanoScience Technology Center, will facilitate interdisciplinary research and education programs in the innovative applications of photonics, bioinformatics and nanoscience to biomedical problems.

Career Opportunities:

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 houses 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.

Ph.D. Financials

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. Financial awards are based on academic merit to highly qualified students.

We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2017 class. Applicants must apply online.


Application Deadline: December 15


View the Chatlos Doctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences Opportunity

For more information, please visit the graduate catalog here

View the program handbook here