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General Information

A Brief History of the Singapore

Flag of Singapore Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe. Read More.

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The Duke-NUS Story

The Duke-NUS Story

The need for a US-style medical school

The beginnings of the Duke-NUS medical school can be traced to 2000, when Singapore launched an ambitious Biomedical Sciences Initiative designed to make the country the biomedical hub of Asia, and to attract both research and health sector manufacturing capabilities to Singapore.

In the Initiative, the government planned to spend more than S$3 billion over five years to accelerate development in the biomedical sciences. It offered incentives to attract companies to Singapore, and was funding research institutes devoted to genomics, bioinformatics, bioengineering, nanotechnology, molecular and cell biology, and cancer therapies.

In 2001, a Medical Education Review Panel chaired by Lord Oxburgh of England evaluated the plan and recommended that Singapore establish a graduate medical school (Duke-NUS) to produce the highly trained medical leaders needed to support the Biomedical Sciences Initiative.

Duke-NUS is intended to complement the National University of Singapore's existing undergraduate medical school, based on the British model of medical education, in which students enter medical school after completing their Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level examinations (or equivalent) and then pursue a five-year curriculum towards a medical degree.

According to the Ministry of Education, the establishment of a graduate medical school will increase the supply of doctors practicing in Singapore, give the country the flexibility to produce more physicians to meet future needs, and train doctors who are exposed to clinically-related research, thus increasing the nation's capacity to develop a vibrant biomedical hub.

Duke and the National University of Singapore signed a formal agreement in April 2005 under which the two institutions would partner to establish a new medical school in Singapore.

Under the agreement, the Singapore government has made a significant investment over the first seven years to establish Duke-NUS as part of Singapore's strategy to become a leading centre for medical research and education.

Following the exceptionally strong progress in the first phase, on 30 November 2010 the Singapore government signaled their resounding support by extending the Duke and NUS strategic collaboration in education and research by another five years.

The school's curriculum is patterned after that of the Duke University School of Medicine. The school is part of the National University of Singapore system, but unique in that it is overseen by a Governing Board, including a Duke representative who has veto power over any academic decision made by the Board.

Victor J. Dzau, MD, chancellor for health affairs at Duke University, serves as Duke's representative on the Board.

Mission & Values

Our Mission

Transforming medicine; improving lives

Our Values

Our Purpose

  • Passion for a Cause
    We want to make an impact on the understanding and practice of medicine

Our Culture

  • Collaboration & Teamwork
    We trust each other, share goals and work as one in the interest of our organization, partners and community
  • Innovation & Creativity
    We foster the exploration and testing of new ideas, to find improvements that makes an impact 

Our Foundation

  • Diversity & Respect
    We treasure the unique contributions that diverse individuals bring
  • Professional Conduct
    We promote an ethos of professional values and lifelong learning

Mission & Values

MD program

MD program

This program spans 4 years and graduates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) jointly by Duke University and NUS. Duke-NUS is the first medical school in Southeast Asia to follow a Graduate Entry Medicine model, whereby all students are at a minimum required to have a bachelor's degree. The school's mission is aimed at producing outstanding leaders in medical research, education, and patient care. Its innovative program with a distinctive focus on research is modeled after the curriculum at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and adapted to the local learning environment and learner needs.

The application to our program opens in April, and December 1st is the final deadline for each year. Particularly strong candidates are encouraged to apply by September 1 to be considered for early acceptance. Admissions requirements are the same for both the early and regular acceptance options. We select and accept candidates throughout the application period. Admissions decisions are made by the Duke-NUS Admissions Committee and are final. Admission to Duke-NUS is highly selective. The MD curriculum at Duke-NUS is rigorous and proven academic success is key for gaining admission to the program. Our Admissions Committee evaluates all applications based on a variety of criteria to enroll truly talented individuals.

For more information on the Admissions Requirements to the MD Program please contact us.

To learn more about the MD Curriculum please contact us.

Service Commitment

As the cost of medical education at Duke-NUS is subsidized by the Singapore Government, all graduates of its MD program or the MD/PhD track are required to fulfill a service commitment. If a bond is broken, liquidated damages – pro-rated according to the bond period not served – must be paid off to the government. The amount of liquidated damages is based on the government subsidy granted and the compound annual interest. For more information, please refer to the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) website.

According to MOH guidelines, the service commitment period is as follows:

  • 4 years for Singapore citizens
  • 5 years for international graduates and Singapore Permanent Residents

The service commitment period excludes the first year of postgraduate (residency) training, commencing only after satisfactory completion of the first postgraduate training year. The service commitment is fulfilled in a public sector hospital/institution in Singapore as determined by the Ministry of Health (MOH). Assuming satisfactory completion of the first postgraduate training year, trainees can fulfill their service commitment during residency training in Singapore ; or alternatively, in an MOH-approved public sector research setting in lieu of further residency training.

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.

If there are additional questions please contact us.

PhD Program

PhD Program

Duke-NUS launched its inaugural PhD program in Integrated Biology and Medicine (IBM) in August 2010. The program distinguishes itself from others in Singapore and abroad by emphasizing training in translational bioscience, preparing cutting edge researchers to take their research findings from "bench to bedside."

Students will complete their advanced training in one of Duke-NUS's five Signature Research Programs:

  • Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders
  • Health Services and Systems Research

The degree, which will take on average 4 to 5 years to complete, culminates with the development of a written thesis and a successful oral dissertation defense.

Like the Duke-NUS MD program, the Ph.D. core course incorporates a novel education strategy which rapidly transitions students to a mode of learning better suited for a lifelong career in biomedical research. From the first week in the program, students are introduced to scientific literature searches, evaluation and critique of seminal scientific papers. The core curriculum is delivered in a small group collaborative learning environment that reinforces critical thinking and public debate.

For more information on our admissions requirements, please contact us.

MD/PhD Track

MD/PhD Track

For students wishing to further their academic training, Duke-NUS offers a combined MD/PhD track. This can be done at the time of initial application or at select points after matriculation into the MD program, including at the time of entry into the 2nd year. Each year, an estimated 20% of the MD class may be offered a place in the MD/PhD track. Applicants holding an MD or MBBS degree are not eligible for the MD/PhD track, but if interested, may apply to the Duke-NUS PhD program in Integrated Biology and Medicine.

All applicants for the MD/PhD program are required to sit for the MCAT. This program does not accept GRE scores. Assuming successful fulfillment of requirements, students in the MD program will be awarded a joint Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Duke University and the National University of Singapore. For those having completed the MD/PhD option, the PhD degree will be awarded by the National University of Singapore.

The Duke-NUS PhD component is offered in Integrated Biology and Medicine, a multi-disciplinary PhD program that allows students to obtain a concentration in one of the five Duke-NUS Signature Research Program areas:

  • Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
  • Neuroscience & Behavioral Disorders
  • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Health Services & Systems Research

Fees & Financial Aid

Tuition fees are reviewed by the Singapore Ministry of Education and subject to change annually. For each incoming class, tuition fees are fixed for the four years of study (i.e. the amount of annual tuition is the same as that on entry into medical school.) For students admitted to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, annual tuition fees for the Academic Year 2014-2015 are as follows:

• Singapore Citizens: SGD 43,050
• Singapore Permanent Residents: SGD 48,050
• International Students: SGD 56,300

Tuition fees listed above have been subsidized by the Government of Singapore to help defray the full cost of medical education. As such, all Duke-NUS graduates are required to fulfill a service commitment (bond). According to Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines, the service commitment period is as follows:

• 4 years for Singapore citizens 
• 5 years for international graduates and Singapore Permanent Residents

The service commitment period excludes the first year of postgraduate (residency) training, commencing only after satisfactory completion of the first postgraduate training year.

Why Duke-NUS

Why Duke-NUS

Duke and the National University of Singapore (NUS) signed a formal agreement in April 2005 under which the two institutions would partner to establish a new medical school in Singapore. Under the agreement, the Singapore government has made a significant investment over the first seven years to establish Duke-NUS as part of Singapore's strategy to become a leading center for medical research and education.

Centrally located in a modern facility on the grounds of Singapore General Hospital, Duke-NUS is Singapore's first US-style graduate-entry medical school. We draw on the rich medical training and research at Duke University in North Carolina and the outstanding resources at the National University of Singapore (NUS). In addition, we collaborate with a number of strong research institutions in Singapore, including the National Cancer Center, the National Heart Center, the National Eye Center, the National Neurosciences Institute, and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Offering innovative MD and PhD Programs and an option for students to pursue the MD/PhD track, Duke-NUS prepares doctors who are not only skilled in patient care, but who are also well equipped to practice in the rapidly changing world of medicine. The Duke-NUS MD degree is jointly awarded by Duke University and the National University of Singapore, while the PhD degree is awarded by the National University of Singapore.

Strong Partnerships

Through our collaborations with the SingHealth Group, Singapore's largest healthcare organization, Duke-NUS is playing an integral role in building a vibrant healthcare community and advancing Academic Medicine so that clinical care, education, and research are integrated to provide the highest standard of patient care.

Academic Medicine

With a vision for contributing to the transformation and advancement of patient care in Singapore, SingHealth and Duke-NUS are promoting the close integration of clinical care, teaching, and research. To work towards this vision, Duke-NUS has established two institutes which students may participate in:

Academic Medicine

Academic Medicine

"Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award undergraduate and graduate degrees. Duke-NUS is not accredited by the Commission on Colleges and the accreditation of Duke University does not extend to or include Duke-NUS or its students."

Further Information

For further information, feel free to contact Duke-NUS at anytime.

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