University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Graduate School

Graduate Biomedical Sciences


1720 2nd Avenue South


Birmingham, AL 35294

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers eight interdisciplinary Ph.D. training themes:

• Biochemistry, Structural, and Stem Cell Biology

• Cancer Biology

• Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology

• Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics

• Immunology

• Microbiology

• Neuroscience

• Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine

Students enjoy a training approach that combines flexibility, choice, and structure.  They participate in an accelerated core course and select from a menu of elective course modules for increasingly specialized training, which is aligned with each theme focus and further tailored to the student's personal interests. They also have the opportunity to explore research rotations with any active GBS faculty member whose research is of interest. The GBS interdisciplinary theme structure allows an entering student to explore varied courses and to sample the research expertise of over 350 productive GBS faculty before they decide on a thesis research direction. Alternatively, it allows them to immediately begin to focus in-depth on the research area they wish to pursue. The UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences community encompasses approximately 340 graduate students and 350 faculty.

The eight GBS interdisciplinary themes listed above integrate more than 25 departments and 20 research centers in the School of Medicine, partner schools throughout the university, and affiliated Southern Research and HudsonAlpha Biotechnology Institute. UAB is consistently among the top 20 institutions nationally for NIH research funding. It was cited among the top 10 for faculty productivity in biomedical sciences by the Chronicles of Higher Education and the top 5 "Best Places to Work in Academia" by The Scientist. UAB graduate students are provided extensive institutional resources and high caliber of training to become exceptionally competitive for outstanding postdoctoral and professional positions.

While in the program, students are provided an annual stipend of $29,000, paid tuition and fees, and single-coverage health insurance.  


AACSB Accreditation

International Student Requirements:

• TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score no more than two years old.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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