Duke-NUS – PhD Program

Duke-NUS – PhD Program

Introduction

Duke-NUS launched its inaugural PhD program in Integrated Biology and Medicine (IBM) in August 2010. The program distinguishes itself from others in Singapore and abroad by emphasizing training in translational bioscience, preparing cutting edge researchers to take their research findings from "bench to bedside."

Students will complete their advanced training in one of Duke-NUS’s five Signature Research Programs:
• Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
• Emerging Infectious Diseases
• Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases
• Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders
• Health Services and Systems Research

The degree, which will take on average 4 to 5 years to complete, culminates with the development of a written thesis and a successful oral dissertation defense.

Like the Duke-NUS MD program, the Ph.D. core course incorporates a novel education strategy which rapidly transitions students to a mode of learning better suited for a lifelong career in biomedical research. From the first week in the program, students are introduced to scientific literature searches, evaluation and critique of seminal scientific papers. The core curriculum is delivered in a small group collaborative learning environment that reinforces critical thinking and public debate.

Pre-requisites

 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

• Bachelor's degree in any discipline.

• Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test results.

• 3 – 5 recommendation letters, typically from professors, mentors and/or employers.

• Research experience is looked upon favourably.

Applicants are also required to meet some of the "Other Requirements" below.

Other Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Results of TOEFL or IELTS are required only if English was not the language of instruction during undergraduate studies. English is the language of instruction at Duke-NUS. Applicants whose medium of instruction during undergraduate studies was not English must submit either TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) scores or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores as evidence of their proficiency in the English language. The following are the minimum scores that should be achieved: 

• 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test; OR

• 85 on the TOEFL internet-based test; OR

• an overall band score of 7 on the IELTS

Duke-NUS does not accept TOEFL or IELTS scores earned more than two years ago. Please visit our FAQs section for further queries on admissions requirements.

 

Course Outline

The Duke-NUS PhD program in Integrated Biology and Medicine provides training in translational bioscience, covering a broad spectrum of disciplines including cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, and health policy. During the first semester students complete a core course entitled “Molecules to Medicines” where they learn fundamentals in biomedical research, while simultaneously conducting two laboratory rotations.

Subsequently, students choose a thesis mentor and complete their advanced training in one of five specialty tracks:
• Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
• Emerging Infectious Diseases
• Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders
• Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders
• Health Services and Systems Research

The degree, which will take on average 4 to 5 years to complete, culminates with the development of a written thesis and a successful oral dissertation defense.

Like the Duke-NUS MD program, the Ph.D. core course incorporates a novel education strategy which rapidly transitions students to a mode of learning better suited for a lifelong career in biomedical research. From the first week in the program, students are introduced to scientific literature searches, evaluation and critique of seminal scientific papers. The core curriculum is delivered in a small group collaborative learning environment that reinforces critical thinking and public debate.

The tuition fees for the MD and PhD courses at Duke-NUS Medical School are reviewed by the Singapore Ministry of Education and subject to change annually. For each cohort, tuition fees are fixed for the four years of study (i.e. the amount of annual tuition is the same as that on entry into medical school.)

In addition, most of our students apply for merit scholarships and/or need-based scholarships (bursaries) to help finance their tuition and other fees. To find out more, visit Information on Scholarship and Financial Aid Schemes.

Tuition Fees for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

PhD students at Duke-NUS will receive:

• A scholarship covering tuition; and 
• A monthly stipend for the 4-year duration of the PhD.

HOW TO APPLY

Application Timeline

Applications to our programmes open by June each year. For applications to the MD programme, 1st December is the final deadline. While particularly strong candidates are encouraged to apply by 1st September to be considered for early acceptance, admission requirements are the same for both the early and regular acceptance period. For applications to the PhD programme, 15th January is the final deadline. We select and accept candidates throughout the application period. Visit the online portal to apply: https://admissions.duke-nus.edu.sg/adm/

Other Info

Do visit our our Admissions page for more information.

Requirements Page: https://www.duke-nus.edu.sg/admissions/requirements-duke-nus-programs

FAQs Page: https://www.duke-nus.edu.sg/admissions/faqs/md-faqs

Contact Details

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
8 College Road
Singapore 169857
(Opposite Singapore General Hospital Blocks 6,7)
For PhD inquiries please contact:
Phone: +65 6516 5550
Email: [email protected]