Postgraduate Programme - Department of Psychological Medicine

At the postgraduate level, the Department is a Joint Committee for Advanced Specialty Training (JCAST) accredited centre for Advanced Specialty training in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. We also provide training in psychiatry, which will enable students to apply for overseas membership examinations such as the MRCPsych examinations.


We have a couple of well-established and evolving Master’s programmes that seeks to attract the best students to learn more about mental health and psychiatry:-

  • Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) Preparatory Course
  • Master of Science (Mental Health) (Full-time and Part-time)


We also offer MSc (Res)/PhD programmes that allows students the opportunity to carry out an interdisciplinary research programme of their own design.


Curriculum structure and requirements

The key to producing high quality graduates lies in the quality of the mentors, who are themselves eminent scientists and clinicians in their respective fields. NUS Medicine augments graduate training by offering an extensive range of graduate courses to further equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills. Our students are highly sought after, not only for their technical know-how, but also for their excellent problem-solving skills and ability to think creatively. The research-intensive graduate programme at the School nurtures and trains highly competent biomedical scientists and clinician-scientists to lead and drive Singapore’s medical biotechnology efforts.


At the end of their graduate training with the School, PhD graduates would be able to:

  1. acquire an in-depth understanding of their research field
  2. think independently and creatively
  3. identify important questions and formulate testable hypotheses
  4. run an independent research programme


MSc graduates would have acquired:

  1. the technical competence to support a research project under minimal supervision
  2. sufficient depth and understanding of their research field


Candidates admitted to the graduate programme will undertake research under the supervision of staff members from the School’s departments for the period of their candidature, at the end of which, they submit a thesis, which will be examined by a Board of Examiners. In addition to the research component, they are required to fulfill a coursework component to graduate either with an MSc or a PhD degree:



  • A total of 16 modular credits comprising two core modules + elective modules (Level-5000)



  • A total of 24 modular credits comprising two core modules + elective modules (Level-5000 & 6000)
  • Candidates deemed weak in English by the School would also have to sit for the Diagnostic English Test and take additional English Language courses conducted by the Centre for English Language Communication.
  • A student is required to pass a PhD qualifying examination within two years from the date of admission to be confirmed a PhD candidate. Only candidates who have fulfilled the criteria for the PhD degree will be awarded the PhD degree. All other candidates will have to fulfill the criteria for the MSc degree in order to be awarded the MSc degree. There is no specialisation of the degrees awarded.
  • The maximum period of candidature for MSc and PhD degrees is three and five years respectively.