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What will I learn?

The Duke-NUS PhD programme 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 three 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 programme, the PhD 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.

Which department am I in?

Duke-NUS Medical School

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A scholarship covering 100% of tuition and miscellaneous fees payable for the 4-year duration; and a monthly stipend for the 4-year duration of the PhD programme
Start date

Expected August 2022

Venue

Duke-NUS Medical School

8 College Road,

169857, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of, a bachelor or honours degree. 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.

For international students

All applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of, a bachelor or honours degree.

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

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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