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PhD in Biopsychology and Neuroscience

PhD in Biopsychology and Neuroscience

The PhD program in Biopsychology and Neuroscience (BNS) is a multidisciplinary graduate program that aims at training the next generation of leaders in Neuroscience. The BNS program is designed to enhance the research capacity and mental health care in Qatar, by providing students with the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle complex problems related to mental health and behavior.


Through the BNS PhD degree path, students will gain an advanced education that enables them to grasp the biological foundations of cognition, behavior, and aging of the nervous system. This training will equip them with a deep understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying cognition, behavior, and aging, as well as of brain disorders.

Program Focus

  • The Biopsychology and Neuroscience PhD program has a strong focus on the application of innovative technologies and artificial intelligence to tackle brain development, function, and aging in both physiological and pathological conditions.
  • The field of neuroscience is defined by the pursuit of understanding the function and dysfunction of the nervous system. BNS program aims to equip neuroscience practitioners with the ability to synthesize, use, and advance knowledge in molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, biophysics, and artificial intelligence applied to nerve cells.
  • Graduates of our program will receive rigorous training in critical thinking, experimental design, and statistical analysis. They will become fluent in these areas and be well-prepared to study brain disorders and behavior. BNS’ goal is to produce highly skilled professionals who are well-equipped to tackle the challenges of understanding the brain and its relationship to behavior and mental health.


PhD Biopsychology and Neuroscience: A program with a minimum of 60 credits, taught in English, typically over 3.5 years, which includes:

  • Two mandatory foundation course

  • A minimum of four elective courses

  • Participation in departmental seminars

  • Participation in the Journal Club

  • Dissertation research and laboratory training (minimum of six semesters)

  • PhD students are required to pass a qualifying examination after their second semester, and a candidacy examination after their fourth semester.

    The program will bring together developmental neurobiology, systems neuroscience, biology of aging, biology of behavior and psychology, and artificial intelligence to stimulate creativity and innovation.

  • Program Requirements:

    60 Credits distributed as follows:

    • 2 core courses + 4 electives course (18 credits)
    • Thesis Research Hours (42 credits)
    • Minimum two semesters of seminars (0 Credits)
  • Courses include:

    • Advanced Neurosciences
    • Development and Diseases of the Nervous System
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases
    • Functional Human Neuroanatomy
    • Artificial Intelligence (Joint course offered by CSE)
    • Research Methods and Ethics in Biopsychology and Neuroscience
    • Applied Behavioral Statistics (Joint course offered by CHLS)
    • Advanced Molecular Biology
    • Stem Cell Biology
    • Scientific Communication and Professional Development
    • Advanced Genetics
    • Bioinformatics
    • Epigenetics
    • Pharmacogenomics
    • Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity