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:
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 Duke-NUS PhD is likely to take 4 – 5 years to complete. Here is an overview to the curriculum:
The IBM degree is a research-intensive program which culminates with the defense of a dissertation and the publication of the student’s findings. Research is done under the direction of an approved faculty mentor, who serves as chair of the student’s dissertation committee and provides financial support for research activities. Students will undergo the mentor selection process toward the end of their first semester of the program.
Our online application for the 2013 intake is now closed. All applicants to the Duke-NUS PhD program must demonstrate academic strength as well as a passion for medical and scientific research. Information on how to apply follows:
Submission of official transcripts: Applicants who are graduates from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) or any US University should request their respective institutions to send their official transcripts directly to the PhD program at the address below.
All other applicants must request their institutions to submit their transcripts to both Duke-NUS (at the address below) and the World Education Services for a course by course evaluation. A detailed report by WES will be directly sent to Duke-NUS. Please visit www.wes.org for further details.
Applicants from Canadian Universities may contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if a WES report is required from your institution.
Please have all your supporting admissions documents, including transcripts and recommendation letters sent directly to the Admissions Office at the following address:
Associate Professor David Silver, Director of Graduate Studies
c/o Ms Tammie Zhu, Assistant Admissions Manager
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
Admissions Department 8 College Road
Recommendation letters may be emailed directly to us at email@example.com
Please include the phrase: “Recommendation for (candidate’s name) – PhD Program” in the subject line.
If you have any further questions on the Duke-NUS PhD program in Integrated Biology and Medicine, please contact the Admissions Office at the email or phone number listed below:
Tel: (65) 6516-5550
The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programs are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.
Learn more about the PhD Curriculum