PhD-QBM-BHDS Programme


The PhD Programme in Quantitative Biology and Medicine with concentration in Biostatistics and Health Data Science (PhD-QBM-BHDS) aims to:

  • Advance health and biomedical sciences through the development and application of innovative statistical and data science methods.
  • Train quantitative scientists who will master specialized areas in biostatistics and data science and their applications in health and biomedical research.

The PhD-QBM-BHDS programme is for students who have an undergraduate or a master’s degree in a quantitative discipline such as statistics, data science, engineering, demography and epidemiology.  Students in our programme will develop innovative statistical and data science solutions and apply them to solve real-life problems in health and biomedical sciences. 

Major methodological research areas include:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Design and analysis of clinical trials, including adaptive and cluster trials
  • Dynamic treatment regime
  • Diagnostic medicine
  • High dimensional “omics” data
  • Pleiotropy studies
  • Recurrent events in cohort and case-control studies
  • Time-to-event analysis
  • Quantification of quality of life and subjective health outcomes

Major application areas include:

  • Big data analytics in healthcare
  • Clinical trials in chronic diseases
  • Emergency medicine
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Quality of life in chronic diseases and palliative care
  • Medical devices
  • Vaccines and infectious diseases

PhD scholarship

PhD students will receive:

  • A scholarship covering 100% of tuition and fees.
  • A monthly stipend.
  • There is no service obligation (no bond)


The degree will take on average 4 to 5 years to complete. In years 1 and 2, students will complete a core set of study modules, an elective module, and a biomedical research internship. In year 2, students will also work towards developing their thesis projects and take a qualifying examination, which includes submission and defence of a research proposal. The remainder of the PhD training consists of the execution of the thesis project, culminating with the development of a written thesis and a successful oral dissertation defence. In addition, students will participate in a journal club in the first semester of every year.

Curriculum Requirement


GMS6801 – Study Designs in Clinical and Population Health Research


GMS6802 – Core Concepts in Biostatistics


GMS6821 – R-Programming


GMS6850 – Core Concepts in Bioinformatics


GMS6802 – Analysis of Complex Biomedical Data


GMS6804 – Biomedical Research Internship


Elective module, course code 5000 level or higher


GMS6800 – Integrated Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Journal Club


Thesis Research






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