The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is designed for students who wish to pursue research careers. Graduates of the PhD program are well-prepared for careers in academia, government, and industry.
PhD students take the 3-course "grad core" together with their cohort of BME PhD, MS and ME Students. They additionally complete 15 credit hours of advanced electives, 24 credit hours of thesis research, and a qualifying exam. They TA two courses and propose and defend a dissertation.
Included in the 15 credits of electives are two Elective Educational Experiences (EEEs), which begins the process of life-long learning essential to a career in Biomedical Engineering. Each EEE is the equivalent in effort to a three-credit course. EEEs can take a variety of forms, including: An industry internship focusing on a specific skill, including the BME Going Pro internship. An online course offered through a MOOC such as Coursera. An intense two-week short course at an institution like Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Another graduate course at UVA.