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CHLS Admission Requirements

Admission and Application Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the CHLS graduate programs at HBKU should have a strong academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA out of 4) from a recognized university. Applicants to the Master of Science programs should have a bachelor’s degree, while applicants to the PhD programs should have a master’s degree.

Programs Required Field of Study
PhD or MS in Genomics and Precision Medicine Required field of study: Strong background in science and evidence of coursework in biological or medical sciences.
PhD or MS in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Master of Science in Exercise Science Required field of study: Exercise science or a related field (e.g. biological/biomedical sciences) as well as previous coursework in human anatomy and physiology.
PhD in Biopsychology & Neuroscience Required field of study: Biological, biomedical or medical sciences. Applicants who hold a Master’s degree in neuroscience are preferred.
May 15, 2023: Deadline for Qatari and resident applicants who wish to apply for funding (where available)


All applicants are required to submit a valid IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 79 in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants may be exempt from this requirement if they provide an official letter confirming that they obtained their degree from a university where the medium of instruction is English.

Applicants with prior research experience are preferred, especially for the PhD programs.



The completed online application form can be accessed here.

Please note that this application is for admissions only, information on how to apply for funding (where applicable) is provided to students who have been admitted to the program. 

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit all required documents at the time of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Academic transcripts

Official electronic copies of transcripts should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcript and graduation statements are required for all previous university studies. All transcripts submitted should include an explanation of the grading system. 

For those who have not completed their current studies, transcripts must include results from the last completed semester of coursework. Transcripts in languages other than English or Arabic must be accompanied with an official translation.

Applicants who are admitted to the program based on copies of or incomplete transcripts will be required to provide original transcripts upon enrollment in order to register for courses.

Standardized test results

Official copies (where required) must be sent directly to HBKU. Please refer to the institutional codes below:

  • TOEFL: 4981
  • IELTS: No code required. Students should ask the IELTS center where they tested to send the IELTS TRF to Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Applicants should also submit copies of their test scores with the online application. 

Letters of recommendation

Applicants should submit letters of recommendation, preferably from academic referees:

At least two letters of recommendation:

Biological and Biomedical Sciences programs Genomics and Precision Medicine programs

At least three letters of recommendation:

MS in Exercise Science program

PhD in Biopsychology & Neuroscience

Applicants will receive the link to request recommendation forms once they have submitted the online admission application.

Personal statement of interest

Applicants should submit a personal statement (300-500 words) as part of the online application. The statement should explain why they are applying and how their studies will contribute to the achievement of their personal objectives, including information about the applicant's research interests and achievements. Incomplete personal statements will not be accepted.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Applicants should submit a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae as part of the online application. This should include the following information, where applicable:

  • Academic Qualifications
  • Professional Experience
  • Publications
  • Research Projects
  • Academic Awards or Honors
  • Conference Presentations

Identification document

All applicants should submit an electronic copy of their passport as part of the online application. Nationals and residents of Qatar should also submit their valid Qatari ID.

Tuition and Student Funding

The College of Health and Life Sciences provides opportunities for scholarships/funding on a competitive basis. Further information will be provided to applicants who are admitted to the program.

To view tuition fees, please click here .

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