National University of Singapore (NUS)-King’s College London (KCL) Joint PhD

About the Joint PhD Programme

The National University of Singapore (NUS)-King’s College London (KCL) Joint PhD programme is a new joint degree programme (JDP) offers by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) and King’s College London (KCL), Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine (KCL-FoLSM) and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

The JDP focuses on training PhD students in Biomedical Sciences. This JDP, through the interaction of PIs and students from both institutions and cultures, allows students to develop questioning minds, a well-rounded character, constructive and responsible mindset, a global citizen, a resourceful and enterprising spirit and strong communicator.

There will be opportunities for JDP students to gain valuable cross-cultural experience between the two institutions and develop a strong appreciation of global issues. >Students will be registered in one home university, but guided in their work by faculty from both universities, and examined to the standards of both. They will graduate with a joint degree qualification, earning a certificate which bears the crests of both universities

Programme Features

The joint PhD programme is a research-intensive programme, with a coursework component, in a global setting. Students will acquire knowledge, communication skills, and abilities by taking relevant modules, participating and presenting in seminar talks, journal clubs and conferences, engaging in research discussions with PIs and laboratory mates, actively doing experiments, learning to write publication, reports, thesis and research grants, and developing well-rounded mindset and leadership.

Programme Requirements

Two (2) faculty members, one from each university, will be identified as the joint supervisors for the research of every student in the JDP. The supervisors should be identified at the onset of a student's programme. The student will be considered a student of the department to which the joint supervisor of the home university belongs. Students will be registered at both NUS and KCL, and are expected to meet the joint degree programme requirements as specified by their home institution to graduate with a joint PhD degree from both institutions. Students are required to spend at least 12 months at the partner institution.

Curriculum Structure

Candidates admitted to the JDP will undertake research under the supervision of staff members from the School for their period of candidature, at the end of which, they submit a thesis for examination. In addition, they are required to fulfil a coursework component comprising of a total of 24 modular credits for two core modules and elective modules (at Level-5000 & 6000) for graduation.

Students admitted to the JDP will undertake research under the supervision of staff members from the School for their period of candidature, at the end of which, they submit a thesis for examination. In addition, they are required to fulfil a coursework component comprising of a total of 24 modular credits comprising of two core modules and elective modules (at Level-5000 & 6000) for graduation.

To be confirmed a PhD candidate, a student is required to pass a PhD qualifying examination within two years from the date of admission.

Students 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. Students from universities where the medium of undergraduate instruction is not in English are required to take ES5001B (Intermediate Listening & Speaking) regardless of their performance in the Diagnostic English Test. In addition to ES5001B (Intermediate Listening & Speaking), PhD students are also required to take ES5002 (Advanced Level Writing) regardless of their performance in the Diagnostic English Test.

Candidature Period

A student’s period of candidature will commence at the beginning of the semester at the student’s home institution. Students are expected to earn their doctoral degree after four to five years of full-time study.

The minimum residency requirement for NUS students is eighteen (18) months and the maximum candidature is sixty (60) months. Students are required to spend at least twelve (12) months at the partner institution. They are required to spend the last six (6) months before submission of their thesis at their home Institution.

Residency requires:

a)    Payment of fees
b)    Satisfying all curricular requirements of the programme of study
c)    Satisfying other departmental requirements such as teaching assistance

Continuation and Graduation Period

For continuation of candidature, NUS registered students have to meet the following CAP prescribed for coursework as follows:

CAP should not fall below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters or 3.5 for three consecutive semesters

For any semester in which the PhD CAP falls below 3.5 (but >/= 3.0), the student will be issued an academic warning. If in the following semester, the candidate’s CAP again falls below 3.5, the student will be placed on probation. If the student's CAP remains below 3.5 for the third consecutive semester, the student will be dismissed from the programme.

If the CAP falls below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters, they will be placed on probation for the first semester, followed by dismissal in the second semester.

A student may also be issued a warning or placed on probation or be issued a letter of termination for poor performance in the PhD qualifying examination, research thesis, or other programme requirements.

For graduation, students must:

·         Pass the coursework component with a minimum CAP of 3.5 (B) for the prescribed modules
·         Pass the Qualifying Examination within the specified period
·         Pass the PhD Thesis and Oral Examination
·         Score a minimum grade of C+ for all levels of English course(s), where applicable

Admission Requirement

·         A good Master's degree in a relevant discipline or
·         A relevant Bachelor's degree with at least a distinction honours class or its equivalent or
·         The degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or
·         The degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery and
·         The ability to pursue research in the candidate's proposed field of advanced study.
·         A minimum TOEFL score of 580/237/85 for the paper-based, computer-based and Internet-based tests respectively is required of students whose medium of undergraduate instruction is not English. For IELTS, the minimum score required is 6.5.
·         A minimum total GRE score of 320 for the verbal & quantitative sections and 3.5 for the analytical section is required.

Research Projects

 Please refer to here for the list of research projects for the Joint NUS-King's College London PhD Programme.

Intake and Application Deadlines

Applicants may submit their application online via the Graduate Admission System at https://inetapps.nus.edu.sg/GDA2/Home.aspx. In addition to the submission online, applicants are required to send the hard copy of their application form together with the supporting documents to the following address by the closing date:

       Division of Graduate Studies
       Dean’s Office
       Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
       National University of Singapore
       12 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117549
       Tahir Foundation Building, NUS MD1, Level 12 (North)

Applicants are advised to read the general instructions before submitting their application online.

Deadlines

There are two (2) intakes per academic year, one in August, and the other in January. The applications must reach the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Dean’s Office by 15 November (of the previous year) for the August intake, and by 15 May (of the previous year) for the January intake.

Outcome of Application

For applicants who have submitted the application (complete with all required documents), by the application respective deadlines, they can check the outcome of their application via the Graduate Admission System. Only successful candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application via email as follows:

Intake

Application Deadline

Outcome of Application

August   (Semester 1)

15 November

1st week of June

January (Semester 2)

15 May

1st week of November

Interviews

The admission interviews are usually conducted in March and August, for the respective August and January intakes.

For suitably qualified candidates, the interviews may be waived at the discretion of the Joint Degree Programme Committee.

Research Scholarships

NUS research scholarships are available for qualified candidates. Applicants must possess at least a second upper-class Honours degree (or its equivalent), to be eligible for the research scholarship. They may refer to the NUS Registrar’s Office website at http://www.nus.edu.sg/admissions/graduate-studies/scholarships-nrs2.php for further details of the research scholarship.

Application for the research scholarships can be submitted together with their online application for admission.

Other Financial Aids and Scholarship

For suitably qualified candidates, they will be provided with a once-off return air-fare by the most economical and direct route for their research attachment at KCL.

Tuition Fees

Applicants can refer to the NUS Registrar’s Office website at http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/education-at-nus/graduate-education/fees.html for details of the tuition fees and other miscellaneous student fees.

Cost of Living

Other than the return airfare provided, NUS does not provide students embarking on the research attachment at KCL with any cost of living. Students are responsible to source for their own accommodation in London and bear the cost of living on their own for their stay at KCL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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