Coursework: Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS)

Graduate training and education is a continuation of medical education. The Division of Graduate Medical Studies (DGMS) has been responsible for graduate medical training and education in Singapore since 1969.

DGMS offers local and foreign doctors (also known as graduate “students”) examinations at the national level, known as Master of Medicine (MMed) Examinations. These are summative exams that include simulating clinical setting scenarios to assess doctors’ clinical competency, and they lead to specialist qualifications. Some of the MMed exams are offered jointly with prestigious Royal Colleges in the United Kingdom and this international benchmarking ensures that the exam standards and quality are maintained.

To prepare students for these exams, DGMS also conducts exam preparatory courses for several specialties. These courses usually mirror exam settings and are taught by qualified and experienced clinicians.

Doctors seeking to enhance their clinical skills in specific areas may enrol for Graduate Diploma programmes that are recognised by the Singapore Medical Council. These Graduate Diploma programmes consist of lectures, tutorials and/or clinical attachments which will allow the students to gain relevant insights, work on real-life case studies, as well as gain hands-on experience. Students have access to facilities at NUS Medicine, including a dedicated medical library and simulation labs.

6 Reasons to Choose DGMS

  1. Leading university in the field of Medicine in Asia
  2. Specialisation in 12 specialties/disciplines in the Master of Medicine and 6 specialties/disciplines in Graduate Diploma programmes
  3. NUS qualifications are recognised by the Singapore Medical Council
  4. Experienced foreign and/or local examiners, tutors and lecturers
  5. Modern learning facilities, and accessibility to resources
  6. Networking opportunities with doctors from various healthcare institutions and countries

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Research: Division of Graduate Studies

NUS Medicine has strong PhD and MSc programmes that will nurture and train leading biomedical researchers. The School aims to provide industry with highly competent biomedical scientists and clinician-scientists who will spearhead and drive Singapore's medical biotechnology efforts. We welcome diverse graduate students with biomedical as well as clinician backgrounds, while providing them with the highest quality of educational experience to prepare them for successful careers in various fields.

The Graduate Studies Division strives to educate and prepare the next generation of scientists, physicians, medical researchers and educators for 21st-century careers by providing PhD graduates with:

  • sufficient depth and understanding of their field of research
  • the ability to think independently and creatively
  • the ability to identify important questions and formulate testable hypotheses
  • after an appropriate period of further post-doctoral training, the ability to run an independent research programme

The Division provides its MSc graduates with:

  • the technical competence to support a research project under minimal supervision
  • sufficient depth and understanding of their own field of research

Graduate students at NUS Medicine also benefit from a stimulating campus environment in which international students and academics from various cultures and countries interact, work and play together. On a daily basis, seminars featuring invited speakers from institutions locally and abroad take place across the campus. Many NUS Medicine faculty members are also leading and participating in inter-disciplinary research, presenting graduate students with ample opportunities to be mentored by experts from diverse disciplines.

Graduate Programme Features

The NUS Medicine Graduate Programme offers a research-oriented approach aimed at training competent biomedical scientists and clinician-scientists who will spearhead and drive medical biotechnology efforts in industry.

Students are engaged in supervised research with staff members from any of the 18 departments for their period of candidature, at the end of which they submit a thesis to a Board of Examiners. Students enroll for the MSc or PhD programme at admission and fulfil requirements to graduate either with a generic MSc or PhD degree. There is no specialisation of the degrees awarded.

In addition to the research component, students are required to undertake and pass coursework, which comprises two core modules and elective modules totaling 16 modular credits (MC). The two core modules are MDG5108 (Biostatistics for Basic Research) and MDG5771 (Graduate Research Seminar & Workshop). Students may choose their elective modules from those offered by the School, the Department of Biological Sciences or Research Institutes affiliated with the National University of Singapore. The electives for fulfillment of PhD coursework requirement must be graded and of at least 2 MC. Students may take modules to widen their knowledge but should note that such modules cannot be used towards CAP calculation.

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Research Facilities and Opportunities

NUS Medicine offers state-of-the-art research facilities for biomedical investigations, such as the AAALAC-accredited laboratory animal centre (Department of Comparative Medicine), Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR), Clinical Imaging Research Centre (CIRC), Clinical Nutrition Research Centre Singapore (CNRC), Confocal Microscopy Unit, Electron Microscopy Unit, Flow Cytometry Laboratory, Investigational Medicine Unit (IMU).