Master of Science in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Graduate program in applied areas of biological and biomedical sciences.

Qatar faces a unique set of healthcare challenges. Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular conditions as well as mental health issues are in constant progression in Qatar and the region. While these diseases seem unrelated to each other, recent findings clearly established that their high prevalence in many areas of the world in general, and in Qatar in particular, is due to a combination of environmental pollution and heredity factors. The elevated levels of consanguineous marriages in Qatar and the Gulf region promote the expression of genetic mutations that trigger or favor these diseases, yet many of the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved remain elusive.

In order to address some of these challenges, the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS)graduate programs aim to train the next generation of scientists, encouraging the best and brightest students to pursue leadership positions in biomedical research in Qatar.


Outline for the BBS MS program


Students spend the first semester taking core classes while identifying potential research advisors. In the second semester, students take a mix of core and elective classes. At this time, students will also have begun their thesis research, and formed a Research Advisory Committee (RAC) -- a committee that will give advice and help oversee the student’s progress. At the end of two years, all MS students are expected to submit a written thesis, and to defend it orally. 

Train the next generation of scientists that are leaders in their fields with world-class expertise in cutting-edge technologies in biomedically relevant areas of biology able to translate research findings intoclinical benefits.


A 33-credit program, taught in English over two years, that includes:

  • Core Courses

  • Elective Courses

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