Why earn a doctorate in biomedical sciences?

Application Deadlines
Jan. 31

Our innovative training offers the core competencies you'll need to be successful and the practical experiences and skill sets required for a career in academic science. Collaborate with accomplished faculty to conduct internationally recognized research around:

  • Addiction
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Epigenetics
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Neuroscience
  • Obesity

Your efforts at UND will be supported by state-of-the-art facilities and collaborations with regional, national and international entities — all with the goal of producing multi-disciplinary and increasingly translational research.

Students pursing the Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences may concurrently work toward the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Completing both degrees takes about seven years and you first need to be admitted to the M.D. Program at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at UND

  • Contribute to research at one of the nation's premier facilities for the study of drug addiction and neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Utilize the most advanced technology at our 20,000-square-foot Center for Biomedical Research.

  • Obtain a university stipend for accepting a teaching or research assistantship.

  • Network with your colleagues through the Biomedical Graduate Student Association.

  • Prioritize education and professional development with small class sizes and student to faculty ration

  • Take part in a unique program that combines multiple research areas to create a comprehensive educational experience that encourages students, like yourself, to think outside the box.

Medical Sciences Careers 


Median annual pay for medical scientists*

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Projected growth for medical scientists through 2026*

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Most Biomedical Sciences doctoral students go on to conduct research in academic environments but others join companies and organizations that lean on their research and experience. UND alumni have gone on to hold some of the following positions, among others:

  • Assistant professor at the University of Minnesota-Morris in Morris, Minn.
  • Assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, Mo.
  • Medical Science Liaison at Boehringer Ingelheim in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Post-doctoral associate at Duke Molecular Physiology Institute in Durham, N.C.
  • Post-doctoral fellow at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston
  • Senior Scientist at Velox Biosystems in Irvine, Calif.

Biomedical Sciences Courses