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Duke-NUS Medical School admission requirements for MD programme

Admission Requirements for MD

In alignment with our education mission, we review all applicants holistically. We admit individuals who not only have the potential to excel academically, but also possess personal attributes and competencies that align with our mission and values.

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 not only as clinicians but also clinicians-plus. These attributes include competent communication and interpersonal skills, integrity, teamwork, altruism, resilience, and critical thinking.


  • All applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of, a bachelor or honours degree. Applicants with MBBS qualifications or equivalent, will not be considered for application.
  • Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) results. 
  • 3 – 5 references, typically from professors, mentors and/or employers. 
  • Applicants are also required to meet the "Other Requirements" and "Technical Standards" below.

Technical Standards


All candidates for the M.D. degree must possess the physical and mental skills and abilities necessary to successfully complete the medical school curriculum. To achieve the optimal educational experience, students are required to participate in all phases of the training programme.

The study of medicine is not a pure intellectual exercise. Rather, a specific set of minimum physical, mental, emotional and social abilities are needed to be a successful student. Students must possess all of the abilities listed in the five categories below. The use of an intermediary that would, in effect, require a student to rely on someone else's power of observation and/or communication will not be permitted.

The faculty of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School recognizes its responsibility to present candidates for the M.D. degree who have the knowledge, attitudes and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. Candidates for the M.D. degree at Duke-NUS Medical School will be prepared to enter postgraduate medical education as general physicians able to undertake specialty education.

The Committee on Admissions is responsible for adhering to these technical standards during the selection of medical students.

If you have any questions on whether you meet the standards described above, please contact the Admissions Office at

Adapted from Duke University School of Medicine’s Technical Standards.

Other Requirements

Please note that all information provided by the Admissions Department is for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between Duke-NUS and any other person or entity unless otherwise specified. The terms of admission (e.g. tuition fees and the service commitment agreement) and these admissions documents are subject to change without prior notice with input from Duke-NUS stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and NUS. Although every reasonable effort is made to present accurate information at the time of publication, Duke-NUS gives no warranties and accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided.

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