Yes, you can. Please submit your past years' result slips or prelim results, and the final transcript when the results are released.
You should have secured a place in one overseas university that offers intercalated MB-PhD, or at least be in the process of applying to one or more of these universities. Currently, A*STAR NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholars are in Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and University College London.
Yes, you are required to apply and gain admission into NTU/NUS. This will serve as a benchmark on candidates’ eligibility for admission into medical school.
Applicants will be shortlisted based on their results for a relevant H3 subject (i.e. at least a 'merit' in one maths or science H3 subject), and not whether it is a research-based or examination-based subject.
You can still apply if you have achieved ‘As’ in 4 H2 Science and Mathematics subjects.
You can indicate in the NSS (BS) or AUS application form that you also wish to be considered for NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholarship.
If you are shortlisted after the application stage, you will undergo at least 2 rounds of interviews. If you are successful in these interviews, you will be awarded the scholarship on an ‘in-principle’ basis, which will become effective when you have met other requirements such as psychometric and health tests.
If I intend to become a clinician, is the NSS (MBBS-PhD) suitable for me?
The aim of NSS (MBBS-PhD) is to train clinician-scientists. Thus if you are keen on becoming a clinician only, the NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholarship is not suitable for you.
The NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholarship supports up to 9 years of academic pursuit, leading to a PhD degree. You should pursue a 3-year bachelor degree and 6-year of intercalated MB-PhD.
A one-time Miscellaneous Allowance, given at the start of the course to all successful candidates, will be sufficient to cover the costs of these tests.
The choice of your PhD research area should be made in consultation with A*STAR. Scholars are expected to do research in an area that is relevant and in line with A*STAR's research direction and requirements.
No, PhD studies are mainly research based.
Yes, all NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholars are required to undergo an 8 week compulsory research attachment programme at an A*STAR Research Institute (RI), prior to the second year of MBBS studies. You can indicate your preference for which RI you would like to be attached to. The purpose of the attachment is for you to be familiar with the research activities in the A*STAR Research Institutes (RI), and gain research skills.
In addition, you are strongly encouraged to undertake attachments at a Singapore hospital or medical research centre during your MBBS studies. The purpose of such attachments is to gain exposure in the specialty which you are considering for residency training and PhD research. The attachments also allow you to interact and build network with the clinicians.
No, the one year of research attachment is not applicable for NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholars.
All NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholars are encouraged to undergo Residency Training in a specialty that is relevant to A*STAR's research direction and requirements.
All specialties chosen would have to be in consultation with A*STAR, and in areas relevant to A*STAR's research direction and requirements.
Residency Training for all NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholars has to be undertaken completely in Singapore. This is to enable scholars to properly integrate into the local healthcare system and better understand the clinical and research needs of Singapore.
Upon completion of the Residency Training, you will serve your service commitment period at an A*STAR research institute, but you will continue to spend some time (approximately 30%) in clinical work and seeing patients in hospitals. All NSS (MBBS-PhD) scholars are expected to hold joint appointments in A*STAR and a hospital. As a clinician-scientist, you will serve as a bridge between the research community in A*STAR and the clinical community in the hospital.
Your service commitment period of 6 years will start upon your deployment to one of the A*STAR research institute after completion of your Residency Training.
Yes, you are required to meet the GRE requirement before commencement of PhD. You are strongly encouraged to take the test at least a year before the PhD phase.
Yes, you are required to fulfil your NS liability before commencement of MBBS-PhD studies in the UK.