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College of Engineering and Computing


Biomedical Engineering

Ph.D. - Biomedical Engineering

What will I study?

Our Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering will focus on the quantitative methods characteristic of engineering that are not a primary focus of traditional medical  or biological education. The core courses of the curriculum are taught by Engineering as well as School of Medicine faculty. You may choose between a variety of electives tailored to your specific interests.

We strive to provide you with an advanced foundation in traditional biomedical engineering topics, electives to complement your research area, as well as training in professional development skills to prepare you for your high-level research and development industrial, or academic career.

A total of 60 credit hours are required for the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. This  includes 12 hours in core BMEN courses, 9 hours in BMEN electives, 6 hours in BMEN or other approved electives, 3 BMEN seminar hours, and 30 hours of research and dissertation preparation.                              

What will I research?

Our Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biomedical Engineering is a collaborative effort among the Chemical and Mechanical Engineering departments at USC, the College of Arts and Sciences,  and the USC School of Medicine. Faculty from all three colleges and schools will collaborate  in research. In addition, USC faculty will collaborate on research with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Clemson University through several federally-funded initiatives.

Ongoing research activity among Biomedical Engineering core and affiliate faculty includes tissue engineering, biomaterials development, computational modeling, biomolecular engineering, and biomechanical engineering, as well as many other areas aligned with national and international research thrusts in this ever changing discipline.

Need more information?

If you are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at the University of South Carolina, please use our contact us form to provide some basic information. We will be in touch with you regarding events, fellowships, deadlines, and other helpful information.