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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Our curriculum is focused on producing doctors capable of meeting tomorrow's medical challenges.
Active, Collaborative, Engaging, Interactive, Team-Based Curriculum
First-rate patient care begins with a holistic and integrated medical curriculum. Our teachers collaborate across phases and disciplines to streamline content and develop learning materials. Our curriculum is designed such that it lets you revisit earlier learned ideas in increasing complexity at a comfortable pace. We place great emphasis on treating the patient, not just the disease. You will gain a longitudinal perspective on patient care from wellness to illness to death, learn how a patient lives with diseases from hospital to community and be trained to provide the right level of care needed.
Phase I and II
We enhance your medical undergraduate experience throughout with a dynamic curriculum that is as current as it is innovative. For instance, your first two Phases are designed to help you adjust to university learning, without the stress of grades. It’s another first in Singapore by the School that’s been making medical history since 1905.
Phase III, IV and V
You also get a chance to spend a semester abroad as an exchange student at more than 20 top international medical schools, during two elective periods in Phase III and IV. Phase V marks the beginning of your transition from a medical student to a practicing doctor. You will be embedded into healthcare teams in hospitals and clinics and carry out functions similar to that of a junior doctor under supervision.
How to Apply
Step 1: Apply through the NUS Office of Admissions portal
Step 2: Submit a portfolio to the NUS Medicine Admissions portal consisting of the following:
Interested applicants must have indicated Medicine as the first or second choice in their application, to be considered for Medicine.
Applicants who have taken the FSA and/or SJT before must apply via the Aptitude-Based Admissions Scheme (ABAS) in order to be considered for a second assessment.
All shortlisted candidates must attend the admissions assessment in April each year, to be considered for admission. Shortlisted candidates who fail to submit a portfolio will not be considered for shortlisting.
The Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine offers admission to a small number of talented and qualified individuals through a route known as the Aptitude-Based Admissions Scheme (ABAS).
The ABAS was developed as a way of exercising discretionary criteria in admitting a small number of students to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Applications submitted through this route will be evaluated by the Selection Committee on the basis of exceptional talent and achievement, in addition to academic results.
Students who wish to be considered under the ABAS must submit a portfolio (in addition to the formal application via the NUS Office of Admissions portal) consisting of the following:
Your application for admission will first be considered under the standard admissions pathway by the NUS Office of Admissions. If your University Admissions Score meets the cut-off point for Medicine, you will be shortlisted and invited for the assessment. You will not need to apply under the ABAS scheme.
If you do not meet the cut-off point set by the NUS Office of Admissions, your application will be considered under the ABAS. You will not need to submit another portfolio, as your ABAS application will serve as your portfolio for the assessment if you are shortlisted.
If you have previously attended the admissions assessment, you must also submit your portfolio under the ABAS. You will not be granted an assessment if you fail to comply with this requirement. This is because under the normal admissions criteria, a candidate is not granted repeat assessment for Medicine.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend the admissions assessment together with candidates shortlisted via the normal route. All candidates from the normal route and ABAS will be assessed together. Your performance in the assessment will determine the outcome of your offer.
Before applying under ABAS, interested applicants must have also submitted an online application through the NUS Office of Admissions portal by the application deadline.
ABAS applications for the Academic Year 20/21 has now closed. The next application window will be from Jan 2021 to Mar 2021.
Lodging an Appeal
The online appeal exercise will take place from 22 to 27 May 2020.
Given the very competitive demand for the limited number of places available in the NUS Medicine undergraduate degree programme, all applications for admission have been reviewed thoroughly and extensively. Candidates lodging appeals should therefore note the highly unlikely eventuality of success.
To submit an appeal, please click here.
1. How does the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine conduct its admissions process?
In selecting students who will be trained and educated to become the next generation of doctors for Singapore, it is necessary to look beyond academic measures. Some other attributes of a good doctor are pro-social behaviour, strong communication skills, insight, integrity, teamwork, meticulous work habits and a sense of responsibility. Our careful examination of this issue has involved discussion with many segments of the medical community and research into best practices from top medical schools around the world. Admission to NUS Medicine is extremely competitive. Each year, we make difficult decisions when selecting from among the many talented and accomplished students who apply for admission.
2. How is admission to the Medicine undergraduate degree programme conducted?
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has made changes to the admissions assessment to protect the health and well-being of staff, candidates and everyone involved in the 2020 MBBS admissions exercise.
The admissions assessment will comprise of 2 rounds of assessment: Scenario Station and the Portfolio station.
Scenario Station – you will have an opportunity to discuss two scenarios with the assessor. You will be assessed on your approach and response to the scenario.
Portfolio Station - you will have an opportunity to discuss the content of your personal portfolio that forms part of your assessment for entry into the NUS medical school. The assessor will aim to understand and review your past achievements, personal qualities, and motivation for a career in medicine. Please be prepared to elaborate on the content presented in your portfolio, and share insights as to how they may have helped you prepare for a course of study, and a career in medicine.
The SJT will not be part of the 2020 MBBS admissions exercise.
We would like to take the opportunity to assure you that entry requirements to the MBBS undergraduate degree programme at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine remain unchanged.
3. What subject prerequisites must I have?
The subject prerequisites are as follows:
- 'A' Level Prerequisites:
A good H2 pass in Chemistry and a good H2 pass in either Biology or Physics of the best four content subjects (i.e. three H2 and one H1 content subjects) used in the computation of the University Admission Score, at least one content subject (either H2 or H1) must be from a contrasting discipline
- International Baccalaureate Prerequisites:
A good pass in HL Chemistry and either HL Biology or Physics
- National University of Singapore High School Diploma Prerequisites:
Major CAP of at least 2.0 in Chemistry and either Biology or Physics, and CAP of at least 1.0 in one other major and in English Programme and Research Project
An approved diploma from a polytechnic in Singapore. Please click here to see the list of acceptable diplomas for admission to Medicine.
- Other qualification prerequisites:
A good pass in Chemistry and either Biology or Physics in high school
4. Given my academic results, what are my chances of being shortlisted for Medicine?
The cut-off point depends on the competition of the pool of applicants each year. You may review last year's indicative grade profile for NUS Medicine.
5. What if I am unable to make it for either or both the Admissions Assessment(s)?
Candidates must attend the assessment to be considered for NUS Medicine. If you have a legitimate, conflicting appointment or are ill, contact the Dean’s Office immediately. Male candidates currently serving National Service will be released by MINDEF to attend the assessment.
Contact details will be provided on the shortlist letter/email sent to you.
6. Is there any special format for the personal statement, resume, extracurricular activities and referee reports?
- Personal statement – Limited to 500 words (This is separate from the 2000 characters essay found in the NUS OAM application)
- List of achievements and activities – Your top 10 achievements and activities. These items should be current within the past 2-3 years.
- Two referee reports – An online questionnaire consisting of 6-8 questions will need to be completed by nominated referees of shortlisted candidates
7. Who can write the referee reports?
The referee report must be written by a person who is not related to you but knows you well. Please do not nominate family members, relatives and friends as your referee. The person who wrote your school testimonial can be nominated as your referee. For NSFs, nominating your Commanding Officer or any other relevant SAF/Police/SCDF officer is acceptable as well.
8. What should I write about in my personal statement?
We are interested in the experiences that have shaped your desire to study medicine here at NUS. Please focus on telling your particular story. You can think of your personal statement as a letter of introduction to your interviewers, as they will read it before meeting you.
9. Can my referees mail their reports directly to the Dean’s Office?
No. If you are shortlisted, your nominated referees will need to submit their reports via the link provided to them.
10. What is the Aptitude-Based Admissions Scheme (ABAS)?
The ABAS is a way of exercising discretionary criteria in admitting a small number of students to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Applications submitted through this route will be evaluated by the Selection Committee on the basis of exceptional talent and achievement in addition to academic results.
Please click here for more information.
11. I came for the assessment last year but was not offered a place in Medicine. Can I re-apply?
Yes, you may re-apply. However, you would need to apply via the ABAS route.
In addition to your online application through the NUS Office of Admissions, you should submit your portfolio to NUS Medicine through the ABAS route. Your application will then be considered with other applicants for the current year of admission.
If you were enrolled in NUS/NTU/SMU previously, you can consider applying under Category E, when the application opens in February. Your application will be considered on the basis of your university results in addition to your 'A' level/high school results.
If you are enrolled in a local university, please note that your eligibility for the MOE Tuition Grant is equal to the number of years in your new course, minus the number of years you have already spent in the local university. Thus, if you enrol in Medicine after one year at NUS/NTU/SMU, you would be liable for full (non-subsidised) tuition fees for your last year of study in Medicine.
For more information on fees and the MOE Tuition Grant, click here.
12. Can I appeal if I am not offered a place after attending the assessment?
Every year, nearly 2,000 students apply to study Medicine at NUS. About 1000 are shortlisted for interviews to fill 280 places. We regret that we must turn away many deserving candidates. Please understand that your candidacy would have been carefully considered, and the decisions of the Admissions Committee are final. If you decide to appeal, you should remain realistic about your chances. At this time, all places have been filled. Should any student withdraw from the class before the beginning of term, we may be able to make an offer to shortlisted students on our reserve list. In the meantime, if you were offered another course of study at NUS or at another university, or are in receipt of a scholarship offer, we would encourage you to take up that opportunity.
13. I am not offered a place in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine but would like to study medicine in Singapore. What other options do I have?
You may wish to consider the Duke-NUS Medical School, a partnership between NUS and Duke University School of Medicine in the U.S. This four-year programme, culminating in the degree of Medical Doctor (M.D.), accepts students with bachelor's degrees and will enable graduates to practice medicine in Singapore.
Alternatively, you may consider applying to the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCSoM), NTU. The admissions processes of NUS Medicine and LKCSoM are independent of each other. An applicant who has applied for admission to the Medicine course at NUS is not disadvantaged when applying for admission to LKCSoM.
14. Can I study medicine overseas for a few years and then transfer to NUS?
Only Singapore Citizens and its Permanent Residents who are current medical students of recognised overseas institutions are eligible. These overseas institutions must be recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC).
Please note that NUS has a residency requirement of 50%, so transfer students must spend at least three years in the medical school at NUS, no matter how many years they have already completed elsewhere. For more information, please click .
Foreign students must apply via the standard admissions route to begin at Year 1.
15. Can I study medicine overseas and return to Singapore for my house officer or residency training?
International medical graduates from any of the medical schools listed on the Singapore Medical Council's (SMC) Schedule of schools will be eligible to apply for medical registration with SMC to undertake housemanship or residency in Singapore upon their return. If you are keen on returning to practise medicine in Singapore upon graduating from a medical school overseas, you are strongly encouraged to enrol in and complete your medical training at one of the schools on the SMC's Schedule. Otherwise, you are advised to attain a postgraduate medical qualification recognised by SMC in order to be considered for medical registration. It will also be beneficial for you to familiarise yourself with the requirements and criteria for medical registration in Singapore. More information regarding the SMC's list of basic and postgraduate medical qualifications as well as criteria for medical registration can be found on its website at www.smc.gov.sg.
16. Bonds for Medical students?
Candidates admitted to the Medicine course at the National University of Singapore, who are not in receipt of PSC scholarships, are required to serve the Government of Singapore upon successful completion of the course according to the scheme in the following table:
|Course||Singaporeans||Singapore PRs and International Students|
|Medicine||5 years |
(excluding housemanship / first year residency training)
|6 years |
(excluding housemanship / first year residency training)
PSC scholarship recipients who are concurrently awarded the President's Scholarship to read Medicine will be required to sign an agreement with the Government and be bonded according to the terms of the scholarship. For more information about PSC scholarships, please visit: http://www.pscscholarships.gov.sg.
17. Where can I get more information?
NUS Medicine Admissions Team
NUS Office of Admissions (OAM)
[Update: Transfer Vacancies AY2020]
1. How do I apply for a transfer to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine?
Transfer process illustrated below:
2. Are all medical students in an overseas institution eligible to apply for transfer to the School of Medicine?
Only Singapore Citizens and its Permanent Residents who are current medical students of recognised overseas institutions are eligible. These overseas institutions must be recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC). The list of schools can be found here. Foreign students must apply via the standard admissions route to begin at Year 1.
3. Are all transfer students accepted into the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine?
Transfers to NUS Medicine are handled on an individual, case-by-case basis, in the event that a vacancy is available in that particular year.
4. How does NUS Medicine consider transfer applicants?
Applicants are considered on the merits of their 'A' level or high school results, and their university results. Once shortlisted, an interview will be conducted via teleconference, unless the transfer applicant is in Singapore.
5. Given my academic results, what are my chances of being shortlisted for the interview?
The competition will depend on the number of places available, and the number of students who apply for that particular year.
6. Does a transfer student need to repeat the years which he/she has already completed in the overseas medical school?
Transfer students will be informed of the year of study where the vacancy is available. The student may not need to repeat years already completed, if there is an appropriate availability and the curriculum of the medical undergraduate programme at his/her home university aligns with that of NUS Medicine. If a transfer student is admitted, we will work to ensure a smooth transition and address any gaps in the medical curriculum and training.
7. How does the NUS residency requirement affect the transfer applications?
NUS has established a minimum of 50% residency requirement for all NUS degrees. This means that a transfer student would need to complete three full years at NUS, regardless of the number of years he/she may have already completed in a medical school overseas.
8. I attended an interview for Medicine admissions previously. Am I eligible for a transfer?
Yes, you are eligible to apply for a transfer.
9. What is the bond period for transfer students?
Candidates admitted to the Medicine undergraduate degree course at the National University of Singapore, who are not in receipt of PSC scholarships or bursaries, are required to serve the Government of Singapore upon successful completion of the course according to the scheme in the following table:
|Course||Singaporeans||Singapore PRs and International Students|
|Medicine||5 years |
|6 years |
Each student is required to sign an agreement with the Government to serve the specified bond period, failing which liquidated damages will be payable.
Your acceptance of the offer of admission to the Medicine undergraduate degree programme at NUS is conditional upon your signing the necessary bond with the relevant authority in the year of entry to the University. At the time of signing of the bond, the Ministry of Health, Singapore, will require that you affirm your willingness and ability to serve out the bond upon graduation. You will also need to verify that you have not renounced your Singaporean citizenship or PR status, and that you have no criminal history which may render you ineligible for registration to practise medicine in Singapore.
Candidates are allowed to enrol for the Medicine undergraduate degree programme on the understanding that they will fulfil these conditions, unless they fail to obtain the degree of MBBS. Failure to fulfil this condition will result in candidates not being awarded the degrees concerned. They will also be liable to pay liquidated damages.
Admission to Medicine is subject to the following health requirements. These requirements are subject to changes in accordance with the Singapore Ministry of Health.
|Health Requirements ||Details|
|Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR)||All prospective medical students should be immune (from documented infection) or fully vaccinated. Candidates should produce official records of previous vaccinations or serological screening results or physician documented diagnoses of previous infection as proof of immunity. Self-declaration is not sufficient. |
A student may begin classes without documentary evidence of immunisation for MMR if he/she has a letter from a physician stating that there is a reason why he/she cannot receive the vaccine.
|Varicella (Chickenpox)||All prospective medical students must be immune to and/or vaccinated for the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). Candidates should either be screened for immunity, or produce official records of previous vaccinations as proof of immunity. Self-declaration is only acceptable if the history of varicella was based on physician diagnosis. When past history of varicella is uncertain, a serology test should be carried out to confirm immunity against varicella. |
|Pertussis||All prospective medical students should produce documented proof of vaccination with Tdap. Those who have not previously received tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) should be vaccinated with a single dose of Tdap, regardless of the interval since the last dose of tetanus or diphtheria-containing vaccine. Proof of vaccination with Td alone is insufficient. Self-declaration is not accepted as proof of immunity.|
|Blood-Borne Diseases (BBD)|| |
All prospective medical students must be screened for hepatitis B carriage and show documented serological evidence of immunity against hepatitis B (i.e. anti-HBs =10 mIU/mL). Hepatitis B-negative students who do not have documented serological evidence of immunity against hepatitis B (i.e. anti-HBs =10 mIU/mL) must be vaccinated with the primary course series (i.e. 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine). A post-vaccination serology test should be conducted to determine the concentration of protective antibodies, i.e. anti-HBs of at least 10mIU/mL.
All prospective medical students must be screened for hepatitis C.
All prospective medical students must be screened for HIV.
Screening should be carried out before final admission into the course, as results may affect students' career choices. Students tested positive for Hep B, Hep C and/or HIV will be counselled to understand that their areas of practice may be restricted in future to non-exposure-prone procedure areas.
The National University of Singapore is committed to a needs-blind merit-based admission policy that ensures no deserving student admitted to the University is denied an education because of financial difficulty. In addition to the Financial Aid Schemes offered by the NUS Office of Financial Aid, the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine offers its own needs-based scholarships and bursaries to assist students with financial difficulties. To know more about our bursaries, please download the brochure here.
To apply, please do so via the Office of Financial Aid’s Application Portal from 1 February to 1 April each year and you will be considered for the Financial Aid Schemes administered by both the Office of Financial Aid and the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.