Our comprehensive PhD program trains students in advanced analytical and engineering capabilities, preparing them to solve challenges at the frontiers of human health and biotechnology.
A Rice Bioengineering PhD
A top-ranked PhD program located in the world's largest medical center
Our department is housed in the innovatively-designed Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), located in the Texas Medical Center (TMC). Our proximity to the TMC is a cornerstone of our department's success and has promoted interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations with other TMC institutions, such as Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
To encourage close collaboration between students and faculty and to foster quality research, our PhD program is limited to approximately 20 to 25 entering candidates per year. The typical course of study for a PhD in bioengineering is four to six years.
For nearly 30 years, we have administered a joint MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Students in the program receive an MD from BCM and a PhD in bioengineering from Rice University. During the first two years in the program, students typically complete the pre-clinical basic science curriculum at BCM prior to the PhD course of study in bioengineering. After successfully defending their thesis and receiving their PhD, students return to BCM to complete the clinical curriculum. Many of these students are jointly advised by Rice bioengineering faculty and BCM clinical faculty. Applicants must apply through Baylor College of Medicine.
Rice University sits in the heart of Houston, the soon-to-be 3rd largest city in the U.S., which is home to the energy industry, the world's largest medical complex, and NASA's Johnson Space Center. Rice students and researchers have endless opportunities for interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations and careers.
In addition to a low cost of living, the city is home to nationally recognized parks, renowned cultural institutions, professional sports teams, world-class dining, and other attractions that make the "Bayou City" diverse, exciting and affordable.