Why Choose Duke BME?

Consistently ranked among the top five biomedical engineering programs in the U.S., Duke BME offers a highly regarded Ph.D. program—one of the first established in the field—as well as master of science and master of engineering degrees.  Students can study with world-renowned faculty in specialty areas including:

  • Biomaterials and tissue engineering*
  • Synthetic biology
  • Biophotonics*
  • Biomechanics
  • Electrophysiology
  • Medical imaging* (ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET)

*Graduate certificates offered 

At Duke, you can enjoy advantages such as:

  • An energetic, interdisciplinary research environment. Our faculty are leaders across the board—and more than half have joint appointments within Duke’s top-10 ranked School of Medicine. Those connections, plus the Duke/Coulter Translational Research Partnership, give Duke BME students unique opportunities for participating in cutting-edge translational research. Unlike most other doctoral programs, we admit Ph.D. students directly into a specific research group—providing you with the advantage of working with your research advisor from day one.
  • A highly entrepreneurial culture, with a strong record of faculty, student and alumni start-up successes—plus close ties to domestic and international industry partners in nearby Research Triangle Park and beyond.
  • PhD Plus, an innovative professional development program offering summer workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, and internship resources to position Duke PhD students for career success.
  • Full funding plus conference and travel support for PhD students—even early in your studies.

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