Doctor of Philosophy in Precision Medicine
(Dual Award Program with Université Paris Saclay)

The Dual PhD Program in Precision Medicine has a broad scope and allows the PhD students to explore and develop through research, new knowledge leading to new diagnostics, treatments and prevention of diseases.

The program is a dual degree program in collaboration with a top French University, Paris-Saclay University; it will be located at the College of Medicine, Gulf Medical University and Paris-Saclay University. Both universities have agreed to associate their efforts in order to promote international exchanges, to increase their scientific cooperation and to favor the development of research and higher education at the Gulf Medical University. In this respect, a full academic supervision shall ensure standards and quality of courses and research activities, similar to the one implemented at Paris-Saclay University.

The two universities declared their intention to collaborate in the areas of exchange of faculty, students research facilities and laboratories, and supervision of research.

The PhD in Precision Medicine program learning outcomes are aligned to the National Qualification Framework at Level 10. The duration of the dual PhD program is 4 years (full-time) with a total of 60 credit. The PhD Program consists of 6 courses (18 credits), Seminars (6 credits) and a PhD Thesis (36 credits). Awarding the degree will be based on a dissertation and at least one international publication in a scopus indexed journal.

  • To create an important center in UAE in translational research and precision medicine
  • To boost UAE research goals and develop scientists in the country and the region who can lead research in this field
  • To develop physician and clinician scientists who would bridge the gap between bench- research and application research (translational research)
PLO PhD Program in Precision Medicine Learning Outcomes
PLO 1 Demonstrate systematic acquisition of a substantial knowledge base and understanding of methodologies allied to the development of targeted precision medicines for treatment of human disease.
PLO2 Apply knowledge and understanding to make informed judgements on complex issues required to work at the forefront of discovery of molecules for therapeutic application in precision medicine.
PLO3 Critically analyse new information and data in the light of evidence-based research.
PLO4 Substantially advance or develop new methodological approaches in the discovery of molecules for application in precision medicine.
PLO5 Act independently in the critical evaluation of effectiveness of therapeutic applications for precision medicine, often in the absence of complete information.
PLO6 Demonstrate understanding of and resolve ethical dilemmas in the research and application of precision medicines.
PLO7 Apply acquired knowledge and skills to overcome research problems and challenges facing the community.
PLO8 Work productively within a team as a leader or member.
PLO9 Reflect upon self-performance to acquire transferable skills necessary for employment that requires the exercise of personal responsibility and autonomous initiative, in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional human health related environments.

The PhD in Precision Medicine program learning outcomes are aligned to the National Qualification Framework at Level 10.

Year Semester Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Total
 

1

1

PM 711

Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics, Omics and bioinformatics

3

9

PM 712

Cell Biology and Cell Signaling

3

PM 713

Drug discovery and Targeted Therapies

3

2

PM 721

Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy

3

10

PM 722

Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials and patient monitoring

3

PM 723

Biology of Tumor Progression and Cellular Imaging

3

PM 724

Research Protocol Development

1

2

3

PM 811

Seminar 1

1

6

PM 812

Thesis 1

5

4

PM 821

Seminar 2

1

7

PM 822

Thesis 2

6

3

5

PM 911

Seminar 3

1

7

PM 912

Thesis 3

6

6

PM 921

Seminar 4

1

7

PM 922

Thesis 4

6

4

7

PM 913

Seminar 5

1

7

PM 914

Thesis 5

6

8

PM 923

Seminar 6

1

7

PM 924

Thesis 6

6

Total Credits

60

Admission Requirement

Students are required to fulfill all admission requirements of Gulf Medical University and Paris-Saclay University:

  • Students should have completed a master’s degree in a related field (Eg. Medical Laboratory Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Biology, Genetics etc.)
  • Applicant’s master’s degree CGPA should be not less than 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale; No conditional admission is allowed for the doctoral program.
  • Applicant must have a strong background in laboratory-based research and molecular biology / molecular medicine.
  • A TOEFL score of 550 or above or 6.0 or above on the IELTS exam.
  • Admission of bachelor-qualified graduates shall be made only on a discretionary basis and is not guaranteed. Applications with exceptional quality prior research work only shall be reviewed by GMU College Admission Committee and Paris-Saclay team before consideration for admission on a case-to-case basis.
  • Students selection will be based on results of an interview with representatives of the Program Academic Committee composed of faculty members from both GMU and Paris-Saclay University.