The Centre’s postgraduate programme comes under the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Graduate Programme. Bioethics students are enrolled into the Graduate Programme, and will be expected to fulfill the School’s requirements to graduate either with an MSc or PhD degree. There is no direct admission to the PhD programme or specialisation of the degrees awarded.
The MSc programme is 3 years, and the PhD programme is up to 5 years. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies about enrolling part-time.
We will consider applicants from a wide range of undergraduate and professional disciplines. We encourage research in areas related to the research themes of the Centre and the research interests of its staff. You can find further details about the Centre and our work on this website.
Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Benjamin Capps (firstname.lastname@example.org), to discuss your potential application to the Centre.
Your initial application should be sent to Dr Capps. It will include a brief outline of your proposed project and a full Curriculum Vitae. This application can be made at any time. Your application will be considered by the Centre’s Admissions Committee in respect to the qualifications of the candidate(normally you will be expected to have at least a good Honours degree in a relevant subject e.g. philosophy/ethics, law, social science, theology, health care, and proficiency in English is essential). The Committee will make every effort to communicate its decision so as to meet the next deadline for formal applications to the School of Medicine.
You will then be invited to make a full application to the School of Medicine online at: http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/postgrad/application.html
There are 2 intakes per academic year, one in August and the other in January. All applications must reach the 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. Potential applicants may be asked to attend an interview.
Admission requirements are set by the School of Medicine. You can find further details here: (http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/postgrad/adm_req.html).
For fees and scholarships, please consult the graduate pages of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine website. Please note that the admission requirements, fees and other matters are subject to change.
Successful applicants will be admitted into the graduate programme. You can exit the programme with either an MSc or PhD.
There are two components to the programme:
1) Thesis in Bioethics
For the MSc this will be up to 40,000 words; For the PhD, 80,000 words.
In addition to your own thesis research, students are required to take and pass a coursework component. You are required to take one core module: MDG5771 Graduate Research Seminar.
MSc candidates will be required to successfully complete three additional elective modules.
PhD candidates will be required to complete five additional modules
Students may choose elective modules from those offered by the School, Department of Biological Sciences or Research Institutes affiliated with the National University of Singapore. Students are required to take both of the modules offered by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (see below).
Upgrading to PhD
PhD candidates will only be upgraded from Masters level upon completion of four modules, and after passing a Qualifying Examination. Successful completion of both requirements is expected in the first two years of enrolling for the programme.
Upon satisfactory completion of four modules and passing the Qualifying Examination, PhD candidates have to take two additional elective modules.
The Centre for Biomedical Ethics offers two postgraduate elective modules:
MDG5215 Applied Bioethics and Biolaw
This module provides the tools necessary for students to develop and reflect critically upon contemporary issues in bioethics, medicine and the biosciences. Students will be introduced to aspects of biolaw. The module aims to develop skills of critical thinking and ethical analysis; to explore the impact of developments in medicine and the biosciences; and to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue between science and humanities.
MDG5216 Bioethics in Asia
Students will be encouraged to develop critical reflection on ethical concepts from a perspective of cultural differences and universal moral values. They will be expected to cultivate moral sensitivity and develop skills, for example, is inter-disciplinary dialogue. They will then be in a position to respond to potential cultural tensions created in the clinical and community-wide settings.
This page is subject to change. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for further information.