Qatar is well positioned to become a world leader in the provision of healthcare services, but to do so it needs to ensure that the next generation of healthcare professionals possess the knowledge and skills required to make the most of the recent scientific developments – technological developments that are enabling experts to understand the biology of individuals at the molecular and genomic level as never before.
Mindful of the need to bring fresh thinking to graduate programs in the life sciences, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has created programs that, in a world first, provide advanced teaching across all aspects of genomics and precision medicine alongside extensive hands-on research and practical experience.
By offering its innovative new programs in this field, HBKU is supporting the significant efforts being made towards developing efficient, personalized medicine and patient-focused healthcare solutions in Qatar, and the world.
HBKU’s Genomics and Precision Medicine (GPM) programs are multidisciplinary graduate programs that have been designed to prepare the next generation of professionals and leaders, who will help implement the use of precision and personalized medicine in the healthcare system.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree path in GPM offers students advanced knowledge and training in state-of-the-art information gathering and analysis technologies in order to integrate “omics” – the branch of biology that deals with data on global changes at the molecular level in patients – with clinical data, thereby enabling the design and implementation of precision medicine principles in healthcare within Qatar and the region.
Graduate students are given a unique opportunity to study all key elements of genomics and precision medicine in one innovative, multidisciplinary program.
Having completed their graduate studies at HBKU, students will be well prepared to take leading roles in the healthcare sector as well as in academia, industry, business, public service and many other exciting career paths.
- The exploration of a rigorous curriculum and practical training designed to provide a strong foundation as well as cutting-edge knowledge in both theoretical and applied aspects of genomics and precision medicine
- The development of vital professional skills, such as clear verbal and written communication, integrated teamwork, critical evaluation of others’ work, as well as each student’s own work
- Students will be exposed to the latest advancements in the field of genomics and precision medicine and will explore state-of-the-art basic, clinical, technological, computational, and legal and ethical aspects of a fascinating, fast-expanding sector of the life sciences
- Throughout their studies, students will examine aspects of the four main pillars of genomics and precision medicine: clinical aspects, technology, “omics”, and bioethics
A program consisting of a minimum of 54 credits, taught in English, typically over four to five years that includes:
- Five mandatory foundation courses
- A minimum of three elective courses
- Participation in departmental seminars
- Participation in the GPM journal club
- Thesis work and laboratory training (a minimum of six semesters)
Admission & Application Requirements
Applicants seeking admission to the Ph.D. in Genomic and Precision Medicine must have a graduate degree from a recognized institution.
They must have an excellent academic record with a background in health sciences or related fields. Applicants from other disciplines may be considered provided they have strong analytical and quantitative skills with evidence of coursework in math and science. Prior research experience will be seen as favorable.
Applicants are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants can be exempt from this requirement if they meet one of the conditions listed below:
- The applicant completed their undergraduate studies at an institution in a country where English is the native language
- The applicant provides an official letter from the university where they completed their undergraduate studies confirming that they obtained their degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English (if not otherwise exempt).
- The applicants’ first language is English
While the GRE is not required for admission to the program, a strong GRE score will help strengthen the applicant’s admission material.
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