The School of Medicine provides a broad range of Ph.D. training opportunities in biomedical and social sciences, public health, translational research and other areas. All students pursuing Ph.D. degrees complete coursework and an independent research project leading to a dissertation under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Graduates of our doctoral programs are well positioned for national and international appointments as postdoctoral scientists in academia and industry, scientific publishing, higher education and numerous other areas requiring highly skilled, critically thinking, creative leaders.
Need more information? Please explore below for major research areas, administrative contacts and application information for all Ph.D. programs in the VCU School of Medicine.
Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
- Complex disorders
- Tumor biology and metastasis
- Cancer gene therapy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Drug abuse and mental illness
- Glial cell biology
- Injury, repair and degeneration
- Plasticity and development
- Channels, receptors and transporters
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Drugs of abuse and alcohol
- Gastrointestinal pharmacology
Department of Health Behavior and Policy
- Health disparities
- Social justice
- Communication in health care
- Digital technologies
- Intervention development and implementation
Department of Radiation Oncology
- Functional imaging using PET and NMR
- CT image artifact removal and deformation
- Radiation therapy dose calculations
- Four-dimensional radiation therapy
Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal
The Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal (BSDP) at VCU is an entry point for students interested in doctoral training biochemistry, human genetics, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology and biophysics.
Financial Support, Tuition and Fees
Full-time doctoral students typically receive financial support that includes a stipend (currently $30,000 per year) and health insurance, plus tuition and fees for the duration of their training as long as they are making satisfactory academic progress. Students might also be eligible for financial aid through the VCU School of Medicine Financial Aid Office.VCU School of Medicine Financial Aid Office