HST’s MEMP PhD Program
Who is the program for?
HST’s Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) PhD program offers a unique curriculum for engineers and scientists who want to impact patient care by developing innovations to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. We're committed to welcoming qualified applicants from a wide range of communities, backgrounds, and experiences.
How is HST’s MEMP PhD program different from other PhD programs?
As a MEMP student, you’ll choose one of 11 technical concentrations and design an individualized curriculum to ground yourself in the foundations of that discipline. You’ll study medical sciences alongside MD students and become fluent in the language and culture of medicine through structured clinical experiences. You’ll select a research project from among laboratories at MIT, Harvard, and local hospitals, then tackle important questions through the multiple lenses of your technical discipline and your medical training. As a result, you will learn how to ask better questions, identify promising research areas, and translate research findings into real-world medical practice.
What degree will I earn?
You’ll earn a PhD awarded by MIT or by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
What can I do with this degree?
Lead pioneering efforts that translate technical work into innovations that improve human health and shape the future of medicine.
How long will it take me to earn a PhD in HST’s MEMP program?
The average time-to-degree for MEMP PhD students is six years.