Skip to Main Content

Graduates go on to careers ranging from high-tech research to high-profile leadership and administration, in education, government, research, hospital administration and more. But before they do, they build a solid academic foundation, thanks to our groundbreaking research, committed faculty and interprofessional approach to education.

Flexible Curriculum

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides several academic programs leading to a variety of advanced degrees in biomedical sciences. Programs leading to PhD and masters’ degrees in basic science research are available.

Students seeking a PhD enter the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) and rotate through a variety of labs. This program provides foundational knowledge in biomedical sciences and plenty of research opportunities for students to take advantage of in their doctoral work. 

For those interested in combining a clinical degree with their doctoral studies, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers combined MD/PhD, DPM/PhD, and PharmD/PhD degrees in conjunction with the University's Chicago Medical School, William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, and College of Pharmacy, respectively. These programs provide interdisciplinary and interprofessional experiences for careers that combine basic biomedical research and clinical practice. 

Following in Franklin’s Footsteps

Scientific research is in our DNA. The science mastered by Rosalind Franklin, PhD, is helping a team of top researchers at Dr. Franklin’s namesake university visualize and understand how protein structures function at the atomic level … and that’s just one example of the research happening right here, right now.

RFUMS has made significant investments in research facilities and personnel over the past decade, recruiting top structural biologists who have been warded highly competitive NIH grants to fund their research of high biological significance. 


Rosalind Franklin University is able to balance the communal feel of a small university, yet produce quality research that is on par with larger universities.

Eric Cavanaugh, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies