Duke-NUS – MD Program

Duke-NUS – MD Program

At Duke-NUS we are driven by our core values. Our passion is delivering a medical education program that is based on two goals: providing active learning opportunities and supporting personalized deeper dives in areas of interest. We achieve these through our world renowned TeamLEAD educational strategy which promotescollaboration and teamwork, and through our students’ participation in a mentored research experience where they use their innovation and creativity to answer significant, cutting-edge research questions. We believe that this teamwork oriented approach, in this multi-ethnic environment, allows our students to gain a richer appreciation and respect for diversity, and promotes the development of their professionalism.

The Duke-NUS MD program is a 4-year graduate program. Students are awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) jointly by Duke University and the National University of Singapore (NUS).


In alignment with our education mission, we review all applicants holistically. We also consider evidence of scholarly work such as research favourably. While we do not set pre-determined cut-offs for GPA and MCAT scores, these should reflect an academic background that is able to withstand the rigours of a fast-paced medical education at Duke-NUS. Studies have shown that a favourable MCAT score is positively correlated with certain indicators of success in medical school. We do consider the MCAT results together with other attributes, such as academic or personal strengths, in determining the suitability of a candidate.

The Admissions Committee reviews all application material, reference letters, and interviewer comments carefully to better understand each applicant. We seek to identify those with the traits and skills that will help them succeed as clinicians or clinician-scientists. These attributes include competent communication and interpersonal skills, integrity, teamwork, altruism, resilience, and critical thinking. In order to produce future clinician- leaders who can improve the practice of medicine, the Admissions Committee seeks applicants who are academically capable team players and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the practice of medicine.

There is no restriction on re-application.


Doctor of Medicine (MD)

• Bachelor's degree in any discipline.

• Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) results. More about MCAT.

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

• Research experience is looked upon favourably.

Applicants are also required to meet the "Other Requirements" and "Technical Standards" 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

Outstanding education is our passion. Offering an innovative and rigorous medical education program with a particular focus on research, our curriculum is tailored to build leaders and scholars in medical research, education and patient care.

At Duke-NUS, we follow the American model of post-baccalaureate medical education. Students begin their medical studies after earning a bachelor’s degree. Based on the educational model of the world-renowned Duke University School of Medicine, the Duke-NUS curriculum enables students to care for patients starting in the second year and provides time for students to devote an entire year to independent scholarship and research.


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 Medicine (MD)

For students admitted to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme at Duke-NUS in Academic Year 2016-2017,annual tuition fees are as follows:

• Singapore Citizens: SGD 44,050 (GST subsidy provided) 
• Singapore Permanent Residents: SGD 49,950 (GST subsidy provided) 
• International Students: SGD 61,300 (inclusive of GST)

 To find out about the financial aid available, visit Information on Scholarship and Financial Aid Schemes.


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 MD and MD-PhD inquiries please contact:
Phone: +65 6516 5550
Email: info@duke-nus.edu.sg