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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.

Applicants to the MS or PhD programs in genomics and precision medicine or biological and biomedical sciences, biopsychology and neuroscience, should have a strong background in science and evidence of coursework in biological or medical sciences. Applicants seeking admission to the MS in Exercise Science program should have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or a related field (e.g. biological/ biomedical sciences).

Applicants are required to submit a valid IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 79 to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Further details about the language proficiency requirement and the process to seek exemption (if applicable) are available from

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



A completed online application form

Academic transcripts

Official electronic copies of transcripts should be submitted as part of the online application. Final transcripts 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 and Neuroscience

Personal statement of interest

Applicants should submit a personal statement (300-500 words) as part of the online application. The statement should explain why the candidate is applying to the program and how their studies will contribute to the achievement of their personal objectives, including information about the applicant’s research interests and achievements.

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:

  • 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 a limited number of tuition waivers on a competitive basis.

To view tuition fees, please click here.

Admission inquiries

General inquiries

  • Please do not submit any additional application materials which are not on the list of required items. Any additional materials received will be automatically discarded.
  • HBKU cannot return documents to the applicant once they are submitted.
  • All documents submitted through the online application must be in PDF format. Any documents submitted in a different format will not be accepted.