Admission Requirements for 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 GRE scores, these should reflect an academic background that is able to withstand the rigours at Duke-NUS.

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 scientists. The Admissions Committee seeks applicants who are academically capable team players and who have demonstrated a strong interest in research.

There is no restriction on re-application.


Pre-requisites for PhD Programmes

(I) PhD in Integrated Biology and Medicine

  • All applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of, a bachelor or honours degree
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test results
  • 3 – 5 recommendation letters, typically from professors, mentors and/or employers
  • Relevant research experience is looked upon favourably

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

(II) 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 Record Examination (GRE) General Test 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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