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Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Medicine and Translational Research

College of Medicine
Study System
Thesis and Courses
Total Credit Hours
42 Cr.Hrs
3-5 Years
Fall & Spring
Sharjah Main Campus
Study Mode
Full Time


The College of Medicine, while consolidating on its undergraduate innovative educational programs, initiated postgraduate programs offering Master and Ph.D. degrees in Molecular Medicine and Translational Research. The program started in mid-2016.

The College has succeeded in establishing strategic alliances with leading universities and institutions in Germany, Canada, Australia and U.S.A.  Agreements have been signed by His Highness, Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qassimi, with Lubeck University in Germany to support postgraduate training and research in laboratories that have earned an international reputation. An important aspect of the agreement with Lubeck University is to establish a joint supervision of a Master and PhD programs in Molecular Medicine and Translational Research where the degrees are awarded by the two universities.  Similar agreements are underway between University of Sharjah and McGill University as well as University of Ottawa in Canada.

The Master and PhD programs will be the cornerstone of the Sharjah Institute for medical research at the University of Sharjah.  

Program Objectives
The objectives of the PhD program in Molecular Medicine is to train PhD students to the highest standards of modern education in the field of Medicine.  Graduates of the program should be able to perform independent and high quality research; they should also be able to present their works with great confidence. Ability to write scientific manuscripts and grant applications in the field of Molecular Medicine is also part of the education process. Emphasis of the program is placed on diseases that affects the local area such as diabetes, cancer, asthma and autoimmune diseases.

Program Structure
The Ph.D. degree is awarded to candidates with the ability to carry out independent research, and submission of a dissertation containing an account of the successful original study of a scientific problem. Study will be full or part time.

5. PhD program domains

 The PhD program will have five major domains:             
• Bioinformatics
• Cancer Target Therapy
• Cancer Immunology
• Cancer Genetics
• Molecular Basis of Diabetes and CVD

7. Duration and Graduation Requirements

3-4 years – Completion of a minimum of 42 credits; offering the degree will be based on a dissertation and two international publications.

This includes finishing course material in the first year, at the end of which a student shall sit for a comprehensive exam. This is followed by the submission of project proposal, and upon the completion of all the research work the student shall submit a dissertation.  A final oral defense of the dissertation will be organized at the University of Sharjah.

Year 1: a number of research related courses (to be identified by the Joint Academic Committee)

Years 2,3 and possibly 4 will be dedicated for the research activities and preparation of the dissertation.

Ph.D. Program in Molecular Medicine and Translational Research ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
YearSemesterCourse TitleTypeCourse No.Credit hrsTotal
11Immunotherapy of CancerCompulsory0900801312
Cytokines and chemokines; basic concepts, receptors, and role in biotherapy Compulsory09008023
Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology I (Lab)Compulsory09008033
Specific and natural cell-mediated cytotoxicity; mechanisms and regulationSelected Elective09008053
 2Advanced Molecular ImmunologyCompulsory090080639
Vascular BiologySelected Elective09008073
Advanced Techniques in Molecular Biology II (Lab)Compulsory09008093
 Qualification ExamCompulsory09008100  
2 DissertationCompulsory09008129 
3 DissertationCompulsory09008139 

The Ph.D. Program consists of 7 courses (21 credits) and a Ph.D. thesis. Students are required to complete 3 Compulsory courses and one selected elective in the first semester (12 credits)  and 2 Compulsory and one selected elective in the second semester (9 credits), a total of 21 credits. Students are required to pass the qualification Exam and submit a research proposal before they register for the thesis. The requirements for completion of the Ph.D. degree are an accepted thesis and a minimum of two published papers (could be one research article and one peer-reviewed review article, or two research articles published I at least B journals according to SJR ranking).

Course Description

0900801 Immunotherapy of cancer 3
This course will focus on the study of the use of the immune system to reject cancer.  Topics include: detailed studies on Immunosurveillance, tumor antigens, monoclonal antibody therapy and radio-immunotherapy. ​ ​

0900802 Cytokines and Chemokines 3
This course will focus on the study of basic concepts related to cytokines and chemokines, receptors, and their role in biotherapy. Topics include: structural and functional classification of cytokines, chemokines and their receptors. ​ ​

0900803 Advanced techniques in Molecular Biology 3
Use of laboratory techniques in Molecular Biology through a supervised independent research project. The research topic and the special techniques are selected to facilitate development of a doctoral thesis project. ​ ​
0900805 Specific and natural cell- mediated cytotoxicity3
This course will focus on the studies of the mechanisms and regulation of cell-mediated cytotoxicity of the adaptive immune system.  Topics include: natural killer cells and their receptor types, molecular mechanism of cytotoxicity. ​ ​

0900806 Advanced Molecular Immunology3
This course will focus on the study of the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and disease. Topics include autoimmune diseases, immune deficiencies, hypersensitivities, transplant rejection and immunotherapy and the study of the interaction between the immune system and cancer cells. ​ ​

0900807 Vascular biology 3
This course will focus on the reviews of the regulation of angiogenesis, vascular diseases and therapeutic intervention. ​ ​
0900809 Advanced techniques in Molecular Biology II3
Use of laboratory techniques in Molecular Biology through a supervised independent research project. The research topic and the special techniques are selected to facilitate development of a doctoral thesis project. ​ ​