Program of Study

The Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) Graduate Training Program at the University of Virginia is integrated across departments and schools but students select a field of study in which they receive their degrees, which includes Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics and others. All students apply to the BIMS umbrella program and spend the first year acquiring a broad background in Physiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and related disciplines, and carry out laboratory rotations of their choice (see Program Requirements).

  • Students are encouraged to arrive in July for first laboratory rotation during the summer prior to the first semester of study
  • At the end of the first year, identify a mentor and begin an independent research project
  • Qualifying exam and thesis proposal are at the end of the second year to enter candidacy for the Ph.D.
  • Upon completion of all requirements and the successful oral defense of the dissertation, the Ph.D.
    degree is awarded in Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics

Advanced courses may be selected in a wide variety of disciplines including Physiology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Cell Biology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacology. and Structural Biology. Students and faculty participate in regularly scheduled departmental research seminars presented by distinguished visiting scientists and participate in all of the specialized activities. The collegiality that characterizes the University of Virginia is a special strength of our training programs, lending them a strong interdisciplinary character and close working relationships between students and research advisors. We want our students to receive the training, sense of purpose and enthusiasm that will carry them throughout their careers.