Doctoral Programs


Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, UCI School of Medicine

The Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology houses dedicated scientists in both the basic sciences and clinical sciences. Department faculty and staff are investigating what steers the nervous system towards a neurological disease or towards the repair of neurons.


Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, UCI School of Biological Sciences

The Department of Developmental and Cell Biology offers research programs focused on the genetic control of cell growth, differentiation, and morphogenesis that gives rise to tissues and organs of animals.


Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI School of Biological Sciences

The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior is made up of a community of faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows and staff who share a common goal: creating an exciting intellectual environment that optimizes our research and teaching missions. Our faculty are highly distinguished both nationally and internationally.


School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program spans two schools and six departments. Students benefit from an integrated exposure to the Neurosciences at UCI initially, followed by an informed entry into one of several departmental programs.


*NEW:Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program (2023)

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Department of Cognitive Sciences, UCI School of Social Sciences

The Department of Cognitive Sciences is a top 20-ranked program with research strengths in computational and mathematical cognitive modeling, cognitive neuroscience, visual and auditory perception, attention, development, memory, language, and judgment and decision making.


The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers graduate students unparalleled training for future careers in pharmacy, medicine, and biomedical research. Pharmaceutical scientists are rapidly changing the field of drug discovery and development. Graduates of our program are well qualified to seek employment in the public and private sectors, or to pursue graduate degrees such as a PhD, MD, or PharmD.


Department of Physiology & Biophysics, UC Irvine School of Medicine 

The UC Irvine School of Medicine Department of Physiology & Biophysics is dedicated to conducting innovative, cutting-edge research, engaging in high-level service and providing excellent educational opportunities and mentoring to students, postdoctoral fellows and residents in the discipline of physiology and biophysics.


The Ph.D. program in psychological sciences provides students with a strong foundation in theory, research methods and advanced statistics, as well as in the classic and contemporary issues. Students collaborate with faculty on research from the very beginning of their graduate training and are encouraged to gain research experience with more than one faculty member.


Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UCI School of Biological Sciences

The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry is ranked in the top 15 percent of programs nationwide. Research focuses on structure and synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins, regulation, virology, molecular and biomedical genetics, as well as immunology.