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Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements for MD-PhD

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/GAMSAT 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 admissions test score is positively correlated with certain indicators of success in medical school. We do consider the MCAT/GAMSAT 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.


Pre-requisites for MD-PhD Tracks

(I) MD with PhD in Integrated Biology and Medicine

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


(II) MD with PhD in Quantitative Biology and Medicine

  • Depending on your intended concentration area
    • Biostatistics and Health Data Science: a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline (Statistics/Biostatistics/Math/Computer Science/Epidemiology).
    • Computational Biology: a bachelor’s degree in biological, computational, or quantitative discipline.
  • All applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of, a bachelor or honours degree
  • Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) results.
  • 3 – 5 recommendation letters, typically from professors, mentors and/or employers.

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

Other Requirements

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