Singapore Medical Programmes

If you are looking to enrol in a medical programme in Southeast Asia, Singapore offers 2 strong programmes from NTU and NUS – both are top universities in Asia and the world. The deadlines for application are around February and March.

Should I apply to medical programmes in Singapore?

If you are interested in studying medicine, Singapore is a prime destination in Asia and even the world. The NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine alternates between being #1 or #2 in Asia, whereas the NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine has a partnership with Imperial, one of the best medical schools in the world.

As such, the two schools only admit a select few to their programmes each year. While top grades are of paramount importance to gaining admission, they are not enough. A prospective applicant needs to have extensive volunteering, medical shadowing, leadership experiences, as well as be able to speak persuasively about their knowledge of and desire to study medicine in the interview stage.

The competition for spots in these schools pays off: according to the Graduate Employment Survey, 100% of NUS Medicine graduates find employment. In the newer NTU medical programme results are just coming in, but students are vying for a chance to be able to study at Imperial as their partner school.

Simonas BartulisAdmissions Consultant

Notable Medical Programmes

Here are the best medical programmes in Singapore


National University of Singapore

Proclaimed the best medical school in Asia in 2017, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine offers students an active, collaborative and engaging curriculum with top-notch practical and theoretical experiences

  • Grades: AAA in A Levels or 42+ in the IB.
  • Standardized Testing: None
  • Focused Skills Assessment, FSA (End of March/April):

This is a series of stations, each examining a specific characteristic of the candidate. The station can be a mini-interview or performance of a focused task. Each station is standardised. Examiners at each station are faculty members, doctors, allied health professionals, and medical alumni. All examiners are carefully selected and trained before the selection exercise. The assessment will be conducted over 60 minutes.

  • Situational Judgement Test, SJT (End of March/April):

The SJT is a 60-minute pen-and-paper MCQ test designed to assess judgement in medicine-relevant situations. All students who have been shortlisted for NUS Medicine must sit for the SJT.

  • Recommendations: 2 referee reports
  • Personal Statement: 500 words


Nanyang Technological University

Singapore’s second medical school, NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine prides itself with its partnership with Imperial College London. Having been officially established in 2017, the NTU School of Medicine offers an innovative curriculum with plentiful practical and professional opportunities

  • Grades: AAA in A Levels or 42+ in the IB.
  • Standardized Testing: BMAT
  • Multiple Mini Interview (April):

Candidates will undergo several one-to-one interviews with different interviewers, designed to assess a candidate’s aptitude and suitability for the MBBS programme. Applicants invited for the selection interviews will complete a series of eight mini interviews, each lasting approximately five minutes, conducted consecutively in eight separate interview rooms.

  • Recommendations: 2 referee reports
  • Personal Statement: 300 words

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