Ph.D. Programs

The UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers Ph.D. degrees in basic and clinical sciences. The Graduate School provides researchers the education and training needed to advance biomedical research and to make significant contributions to the generation and dissemination of knowledge.

Basic Science Core Curriculum

The basic science Ph.D. programs are united under one umbrella program that admits all first-year students and requires them to experience research in a basic science biomedical field by carrying out three or four laboratory rotations during the first year. The core course, laboratory rotations, and responsible conduct of research training comprise a common curriculum for all incoming students except those participating in the Chemistry track. Students typically join individual Ph.D. programs during the second semester.

Second-year basic science Ph.D. students take a qualifying exam to officially become a candidate for a Ph.D. in their chosen program. During the second year, students are also expected to assemble a dissertation committee composed of faculty members who will oversee their research during graduate training.

NOTE: Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students do NOT participate in the Basic Science Core Curriculum. The Clinical Psychology program admits first year students directly into their APA-accredited training program with a separate curriculum.

Available Ph.D. Degrees 

  • Biological Chemistry
    • Chemistry Track
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Regulation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Genetics and Development
  • Immunology
  • Integrative Biology
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Neuroscience

Three specialties may be added to any of the above Ph.D. training opportunities:

  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Mechanisms of Disease and Translational Science
  • Pharmacological Sciences