Research course

M.D./Ph.D. Program

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

The MD/PhD program is seeking individuals who have demonstrated a passion for biomedical research. This passion must be described clearly in the MD/PhD essay. Sustain inquiry and investigation within a biomedical laboratory for at least one year is typically needed. Presentations and/or publications are not necessary but they improve the quality of an application. Some clinical shadowing experience is needed to develop an informed reflection that leads to the determination for pursuing a clinical degree. MD/PhD programs are very competitive requiring high academic standards.

Months of entry


Course content

The M.D./Ph.D. Program is for students who are committed to becoming physician-scientists and who wish to conduct rigorous, hypothesis-driven laboratory or population-based research into some of the most vexing biomedical problems we face, including: cancer, cardiovascular disease, aging, infectious diseases, obesity and diabetes, neurological/psychiatric disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

This dual degree program is a seven-to nine-year program, in which students complete two years in the School of Medicine, then embark full-time on their Ph.D. dissertation research for three to five years and then students will finish their final two years in the School of Medicine.

Information for international students

International student applicants are considered on a case by case basis. Applicants must have extraordinary qualifications to be considered.

Fees and funding

UK students
$26,000 stipend
International students
$26,000 stipend

Financial support includes a stipend throughout all medical school years and tuition, fees, and fringe benefits provided through all years of enrollment. This support is derived from the MD/PhD program. During the graduate school phase, supervising professors are expected to provide stipend support as well as tuition and fees.

There is an annual stipend of $26,000 provided for the duration of the program including the last two years of medical school. The Biomedical Engineering program annual stipend is $21,000 during the graduate school years. However, the MD/PhD Program will compensate the extra $5,000 to comensurate the $26,000 stipend for the BME Program.

Upon re-entry into medical school, support is provided for four semesters. The MD/PhD program also provides for tuition and fees during all years within the medical school phase of the program.

Qualification and course duration


full time
84 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony