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Bioinformatics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #11 (ARWU) Beverly Hills, CA, United States
The Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program is one of ten disciplinary “Home Areas” within the UCLA Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB). Home Areas consist of faculty and students with shared interest in research areas and approaches. Each interdepartmental Home Area is aligned with a Ph.D.-granting program.
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  • The Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program offers doctoral training for students interested in undertaking research at the interface of computer science, mathematics, biology and biomedicine to address the fundamental challenges of contemporary data-rich research in biosciences. 
  • This interdisciplinary Ph.D. program consists of an integrated one-year core curriculum, over 50 elective courses, research rotations, and an intensive research experience with one of over 45 faculty mentors from more than 12 departments.
  • The Bioinformatics program has exceptional resources including core facilities for cutting-edge high-throughput technologies. Bioinformatics students have access to one of the largest computer grids in the country. At UCLA, the schools of Medicine, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Public Health are all housed on a single campus, making collaborations across disciplines seamless.
  • The Bioinformatics Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program provides financial support for the students enrolled in the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Students within the Bioinformatics Ph.D. program will engage in a Ph.D. project focused on understanding the inherent structure of biological information. Examples of Ph.D. topics for students in the program include:

  • Research into the genetic determinants of complex human disease, including psychiatric diseases and cancer
  • The development of computational methods for the analysis of expression data and the epigenome
  • The development of computational methods to reverse engineer gene networks in order to understand or model regulatory control of cellular functions
  • The analysis of mass spectrometry data to, for example, understand the connection between protein phosphorylation or metabolism and cancer
  • The study of population genetics and evolution
  • The development of computational approaches to study and predict protein structure to further our understanding of function

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • We require the GRE General Exam; A SUBJECT TEST IS NOT REQUIRED.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required from professors, supervisors or others who may provide an evaluation of accomplishments or potential for research.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Your CV should cover relevant skills and experience for bioinformatics, including URL links to research or software projects you have worked on.
  • Transcripts (uploaded and mailed) 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    31949 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31949 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    16847 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16847 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Beverly Hills

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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