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MD Programme Research & Scholarship - an intensive mentored research experience

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Duke-NUS students participate in a 8-month mentored research or schloarship activity that allows them to explore cutting-edge scientific issues, and helps build the skills fundamental to becoming leaders in healthcare. This intensive experience is the crown jewel of the Duke-NUS curriculum and prepares our students to not only practice medicine, but also to improve the practice of medicine.

The mentored research experience provides a unique advantage to Duke-NUS medical students. Students interact one-on-one with research faculty, participate in cutting edge biomedical research, develop grant writing skills, contribute to the scientific literature, and refine presentation skills. Research may be carried out with faculty members at Duke-NUS, Duke University (USA), National University of Singapore, or other Singapore research institutions such as A*STAR. The primary goal of the mentored research experience is to develop tomorrow's physician leaders through a rigorous scholarly experience in biomedical-related research.

Please refer to this guide for the list of Duke-NUS approved research mentors.

Research Year 1

Research Year 2


Students may choose to work with leading scientists on basic, clinical, and/or translational science projects.  Basic science projects are guided by researchers from one of Duke-NUS's 5 Signature Research Programmes (SRPs).  In addition, there are researchers in 14 SingHealth-Duke-NUS Academic Clinical Programmes (ACPs) to mentor students on clinical science projects. Translational science projects are guided by researchers from both the SRPs and ACPs.

Programmes Projects

Duke-NUS Signature


Programmes (SRPs)

Cancer and Stem Cell Biology (CSCB)
Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders (CVMD)
Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID)
Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR)
Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders (NBD)

SingHealth Duke-NUS

Academic Clinical

Programmes (ACPs)

Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Sciences
Cardiovascular Sciences
Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine
Musculoskeletal Sciences
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Radiological Sciences


Research Methods and Analysis

In the first 6 months of their research curriculum, students will complete the Research Methods and Analysis course which provides them the opportunity to explore research designs, statistical reasoning and data analysis in depth and supports the skills necessary to conduct their research experience. 

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