The Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (A*STAR) in collaboration with School of Medicine and Faculty of Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has launched a new PhD research program to nurture and train highly skilled professionals in the field of Biomedical Sciences.

Doctoral studies in Singapore's premier molecular biology institute
World-class training for jobs in biotech, drug discovery, publishing and fundamental research
Project carried out in IMCB, NUS or both supervised by Principal Investigators fromIMCB, NUS or jointly
Open to all nationalities
PhD Degree awarded byNational University of Singapore (NUS) ranked top 21 global university
Team building events with other students in your BMS class
Laboratory Rotations
  • Scholarships granted for 4 years
  • World-class research environment
  • Project carried out in IMCB, NUS or both - supervised by Principal Investigators from IMCB, NUS or jointly
  • Led by an International Program Board (IMCB Principal Investigators and NUS Professors)
  • 4-6 weeks Lab Rotations will allow you the flexibility to identify the best department and laboratory for your PhD research
  • PhD Degree awarded by National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Medicine or Faculty of Science

The emphasis of the core curriculum is on biological research using state-of-the-art approaches. In addition, students are required to take and pass coursework (within the first 18 months), which comprises of core modules and elective modules. Students will have to choose their core modules from the School they are enrolled in (either School of Medicine or Faculty of Science) and may choose their elective modules from those offered by the School, Departments or Research Institutes affiliated with NUS. Students are allowed to do 2-3 rotations, each for 4-6 weeks. Supervisors are confirmed at the end of 3rd month after registration. During rotations, the students will: Learn new laboratory techniques, meet other graduate students and collaborate with potential mentors.

  • All students have to present a progress report on their research work to a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) every quarter
  • Besides the course work, emphasis will be on practical training and laboratory work
  • A good command of the English language is expected but courses will be offered. In some cases an English language exam might be required
  • Students need to pass a PhD Qualifying Exam (PQE) within 2 years of their studies