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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Science Texas A&M University




Course info


The Medical Sciences graduate program provides students with resources, a formal course work and the experimental research frame that leads to earning the Ph.D. degree. Our holistic curriculum teaches critical thinking and promotes interdisciplinary training with core values in Rigor, Reproducibility, and Responsible Conduct of Research. The research core competencies are complemented with communication, grantsmanship, career development, and leadership skills. Students are expected to demonstrate the highest research and professional skills to transcend their knowledge to other disciplines and solve problems systematically and collaboratively with other scientists.

The research, coursework and professional skills developed during the program will provide a three-dimensional view that expands the students' research interests with other student areas and becoming interdisciplinary to solve global and complex questions through collaborative work. It is expected that research worthy of a Ph.D. will constitute a significant contribution to the field in general and should be publishable in a peer-reviewed journal. Evaluation of the quality and quantity of the student's research will be the responsibility of the student's Advisory Committee before the students defend their Ph.D. dissertation.

Required coursework

Contemporary Topics in Advance Cell Biology - MSCI 601 (3 CR)
Responsible Conduct of Research - MSCI 609 (1 CR)
Statistics (2 CR)

Biostatistics (MPHY 624)
Biostatistics I (STAT 643)
Biostatistics II (STAT 644)
Statistical Bioinformatics (STAT 646)
Statistics in Research I (STAT 651)
Statistics in Research II (STAT 652)

Elective coursework

Our flexible curriculum allows our PhD students to choose a minimum of other 9 graded credits from a comprehensive pool of courses across the entire campus. Below are some of the available courses offered by the College of Medicine. In reality, the PhD student can expand the course registration other many other courses across the Texas A&M catalog provided student chair, committee and department approval.

Medical Sciences:

MSCI 605 - Foundations of Biomedical Informatics (3 credits)
MSCI 607 – Life Science Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
MSCI 612 - Current Topics in Cell Signaling (3)
MSCI 630 - Pathogenesis of Human Disease (4)
MSCI 689 – Special Topics in Elements of Research Grantmanship (3)
MSCI 689 – Special Topics in Clinical Research (3)

MPHY 601 - Experimental Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology I (4)
MPHY 624 – Biostatistics (2)
MPHY 625 – Bioinformatics (2)
MPHY 632 - Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Pathobiology (4) [Cardiovascular Pathobiology]
MPHY 634 – The Lymphatic System (3)

MPIM 601 - Microbial Pathogenesis of Human Disease (3)
MPIM 602 - Immunoregulation (3)
MPIM 663 - Molecular Biology of Animal Viruses (3)

NEXT 603 – Neuropsychopharmacology (4)
NEXT 620 - Gross Anatomy (8)
NEXT 622 - Teaching Medical Histology (3)

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Science.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

USD $32,824 for each year (Year 1 and year 2); USD $30,652 for year 3; USD $30,636 for year 4


27 Jul


College of Medicine

3050 Health Professions Education Building,

8447 Riverside Pkwy,



77807, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited university are required

English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:

a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of 80 iBT (Texas A&M University does not accept the MyBest TOEFL score), or
a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band
a minimum PTE Academic score of 53
a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (subject to departmental approval)
a GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (subject to departmental approval)

Application needs to be submitted before December 1

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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