UCF’s College of Medicine is a research focused medical school.


We are unique nationally because our medical school also includes about 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the biomedical sciences. So we are focused on training tomorrow’s physicians and scientific leaders.

Faculty and students in our Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences focus their research on conditions that plague humanity – cancer, infectious disease, metabolic and cardiovascular science and neuroscience.

The Burnett School offers B.S. degrees in biomedical sciences, biotechnology and medical laboratory sciences. For more information, please visit LINK. It offers M.S. degrees in biomedical sciences and biotechnology and has specific Masters tracks for each area of research specialization. The Burnett School also offers a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and participates in a joint M.D.-Ph.D. program. For more information on Burnett School research, please visit the website.

All M.D. students are required to do a two-year research project through the Focused Inquiry and Research Experience (FIRE) module. As a result, many students publish and present their scientific research at local, regional, state and national conferences. For more information on the FIRE module, please visit the M.D. Student Research page.

College of Medicine clinical faculty also do research on medical education and their specific specialty areas. And UCF’s new partnership hospital – being built with Hospital Corporation of America’s North Florida Division next to the medical school in Lake Nona – will offer increased opportunities for clinically based research. The hospital, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, is expected to be open by 2020. For more information on clinical research at the College of Medicine, please see our Clinical Research page.

For information on the Associate Dean for Research’s research office, please visit the Research Office page.