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Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway

A Different Kind of Doctor

The Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway shapes future clinicians who appreciate the interconnectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice. Through the broad-based education at Yale-NUS College, graduates will be well-trained in the art of inquiry, enabling them to think and reason in a way that leads to greater cross-fertilization of ideas and new solutions in healthcare.


Successful students will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours or Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours degree at Yale-NUS College, followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at Duke-NUS Medical School.


Programme Highlights

A Yale-NUS education features the Common Curriculum that all undergraduates take, which encourages critical, creative, and active thinking through a range of subjects including comparative social inquiry, philosophy and political thought, quantitative reasoning, and more in the first two years with no prescribed majors.

In the third year, students confirm a major in order to gain deep knowledge in one area of study, while taking electives in other disciplines that give them an appreciation of how the sciences, social sciences and humanities all play a role in the practice of medicine.

Under the guidance of both their Yale-NUS major adviser and Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) staff adviser, students will also gain academic and non-academic experiences throughout their undergraduate programme that strengthen their commitment to the field of medicine in a broad sense. Students can expect to stay engaged with Duke-NUS through periodic meetings with Duke-NUS faculty on campus and invitations to activities designed to provide insights into the medical school experience and a career in medicine. A general overview of the mentorship and enrichment activities is below.

Coursework Requirements
  • Duke-NUS Pre-medical Module (GMS1000)

Mentorship and Enrichment Activities:

  • Advising Sessions with Duke-NUS Medical School Faculty 
  • Duke-NUS Prehealth Experiential Programme 
  • Duke-NUS Medical Specialties Workshops 
  • Duke-NUS Alumni Clinical Observership 
  • Community Projects