Current healthcare challenges dictate the importance of research and training of future scientists and engineers in biosciences and bioengineering.
The PhD-BSBE offers advanced multidisciplinary education to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become future researchers, academics and entrepreneurs. Graduates of this program will be prepared to combat current and future healthcare challenges nationally and globally.
The multidisciplinary program
The program admits both part-time and full-time students. Full-time students may be considered for a competitive full graduate assistantship for the duration of the program.
The program is taught in English and is made of:
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Admission is based on the applicants' academic history, maturity in the development of research capabilities, and proficiency in specialized skills demanded by the research area. In particular, candidates must have sufficient prior background to meet the prerequisites of their area of research. Candidates for the PhD in Biosciences and Bioengineering must have studied university-level courses in cellular biology and human anatomy and physiology.
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The admission requirements for the PhD-BSBE program are as follows.
For admission to the PhD-BSBE degree program at AUS, an applicant must:
The mission of the PhD in Biosciences and Bioengineering (PhD-BSBE) program at AUS is to educate future researchers, practitioners, innovators and academics with cutting-edge knowledge, skills and abilities in biosciences and bioengineering that they can utilize in meeting the societal needs and shaping the healthcare and biotechnology trends in the United Arab Emirates, the region and globally.
Graduates of the PhD in Biosciences and Bioengineering program will be prepared to:
Upon graduation, a PhD-BSBE graduate should demonstrate the ability to:
The PhD-BSBE will require every student to successfully complete a minimum of 54 credits as follows:
Required Courses (6 credit hours)
BSE 701 Advanced Statistical Methods (3-0-3)
BSE 703 Research Methods (2-1-3)
Doctoral Seminar every fall semester
BSE 795 Doctoral Seminar (zero credit hours).
A qualifying examination after the completion of at least 15 credits of coursework
BSE 790 Qualifying Examination
Research work which includes the preparation of a research proposal, presentation and defense of the research proposal, write-up of the dissertation, and presentation and defense of the dissertation.
BSE 799 PhD Dissertation (a minimum of 30 credit hours)
Elective Courses (a minimum 18 of credit hours)
Elective courses must be approved by the program coordinator. Biosciences and bioengineering students may choose from the following list of elective courses:
BSE 711 Cell and Molecular Biology Techniques
BSE 712 Advanced Biological Systems Modeling
BSE 713 Biomicrofluidics
BSE 714 Directed Readings and Academic Presentation
BSE 721 Medical Biotechnology
BSE 722 Advanced Immunology
BSE 723 Current Issues in Biomedical Sciences
BSE 724 Human Molecular Genetics
BSE 725 Advanced Neuroscience
BSE 726 Human Parasitology
BSE 731 Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
BSE 732 Biorobotics and Medical Devices
BSE 733 Advanced Biomaterials and Synthetic Biology
BSE 734 Human Augmentation
BSE 735 Advanced Biosignal and Biomedical Image Processing
BSE 736 Healthcare Technology Innovation, Management and Transfer
Following this structure, it is expected that students will be able to complete PhD degree requirements in four years, which will include four semesters of coursework and, approximately, five semesters of research. Normally, students will be allowed to register for a maximum of 9 credits per semester. In the last two years, students will be able to register for 6 credits of dissertation research in each semester. Students will be required to have completed the degree requirements within 10 years.