PhD and MSc programmes

Introduction

Studying for a PhD or MSc at NUS Pharmacy can be a very rewarding and exciting experience. It is a dedicated, unique, individual contribution to human health and wellness. Each student’s contributions are different. It provides an opportunity to explore ideas, seek novelty, find better solutions, whether these are connected with scientific methodologies or technical approaches or creative pursuits. Most will undertake the PhD or MSc to work towards a career in academia or research or management. The graduate research experience enhances critical thinking and sharpens analytical acumen to face the challenges of our changing world.

 

The graduate programme includes taking a number of prescribed modules in the same or related field of research. This provides a graduate level foundation and prepares the student for research work. Students also take time to attend and participate in seminars where current research is presented by their peers, staff or visitors.

 

The research work which forms the largest single component of the graduate research programme culminate in a thesis which is examined in its written form and in an oral presentation before a panel of examiners.

 

Start by reviewing the range of research undertaken by our professors on their respective staff web-pages and the many full scholarship opportunities available for you and then take the next exciting step to apply.

 

Coursework Requirements

M.Sc.

  • In general, students are required to attend and pass examinations in a minimum of 3 modules (2 modules from level 5000 and above + 1 compulsory seminar module).


Ph.D.

  • In general, students are required to attend and pass examinations in a minimum of 6 modules (5 modules from level 5000 and above + 1 compulsory seminar module).

These courses are to be selected in consultation with student’s thesis supervisor(s) and/or department.

All modules taken by the student will be included in the CAP computation. This includes undergraduate modules and cross-faculty modules.

 

English Language Requirement

All international students are required to take an English Language proficiency test (Diagnostic English Test) unless exemption has been granted. This test will determine whether candidates would need to take the Graduate English course.

  • M.Sc. – Achieve an intermediate level of proficiency in the Graduate English course
  • Ph.D. – Achieve an advanced level of proficiency in the Graduate English course

To fulfil the English Language requirement, students must obtain a Grade C and above. Starting from AY2012 Semester 2 intake, students will be charged a module fee of S$2,000 if they are required to repeat the English module.

 

Continuation Requirements

M.Sc.

  • A student will be issued warning for any semester in which his/her CAP falls below 3.00. If, in the following semester, the student’s CAP again falls below 3.00 but above 2.50, he/she will be placed on probation.
  • For continuation in the M.Sc. programme, a student’s CAP should not fall below 2.5 or equivalent for two consecutive semesters, or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters.
  • Termination of candidature will result if a student fails to maintain the minimum CAP.

 

Ph.D.

  • A student will be issued a warning for any semester in which his/her CAP falls below 3.50. If, in the following semester, the student’s CAP again falls below 3.5 but above 3.0, he/she will be placed on probation.
  • For continuation in the PhD programme, a student’s CAP should not fall below 3.0 or equivalent for two consecutive semesters, or 3.5 for three consecutive semesters.
  • Termination of candidature will result if a student fails to maintain the minimum CAP.

Research scholars who do not meet the continuation requirements may have their monthly stipend or scholarship/fee waiver terminated without notice. Reinstatement will be reviewed after the scholar meets the continuation requirement, at the recommendation of the department.

 

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (QE)

Students are required to pass the PhD qualifying examination (QE) to ensure that they are making headway in the right direction.

For more information on QE, go to http://blog.nus.edu.sg/phapostgrad/phd-qualifying-examinations.

 

Graduation Requirements

M.Sc.

  • Achieve a minimum CAP of 3.0 for all modules
  • Obtain at least a grade C in the graduate English courses conducted by the Centre for English Language Communication at intermediate level (if applicable)
  • Pass the Master’s Thesis

 

Ph.D.

  • Achieve a minimum CAP of 3.5 for all modules
  • Obtain at least a grade C in the graduate English courses conducted by the Centre for English Language Communication at advanced level (if applicable)
  • Pass the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
  • Pass the Ph.D. Thesis
  • Pass the Ph.D. Oral Examination

 

Duration of Candidature

Research students may be admitted on a full-time or part-time basis. However, international students on student’s pass must pursue their studies on a full-time basis.

The maximum period of candidature for Graduate Programme students (leading to):

  • M.Sc. (3 years)
  • Ph.D. (5 years)

The maximum periods of candidature for full-time or part-time students are the same.

 

Residency Requirement

Applicants who are not residing in Singapore or would like to do their research in overseas institutions, must spend a period of residence in Singapore for a minimum of 6 months for Master’s degree or 18 months for Doctoral degree during his/her candidature.

Applicants who are awarded Research Scholarship must reside in Singapore during the duration of the scholarship award.

Admission Requirements

Interested applicants should possess the following:

  • A good relevant Bachelor and/or Master degree
  • NUS graduates should have at least a 2nd Upper Honours
  • The ability to pursue research in the candidate’s proposed field of advanced study

International students are expected to submit their TOEFL/IELTS & GRE/GATE test scores to support their application.

Scholarships

Click here for a list of available research scholarships

 

Course Fees

Click here for information on course fees

Closing Date

There are two intakes per academic year: Semester 1 (August) and Semester 2 (January).

  • For the Semester 1 (August) intake, the closing date is 15 November of the previous year.
  • For the Semester 2 (January) intake, the closing date is 15 May of the previous year.

Applications are open all year round. Applications received after the closing date will be considered for the next relevant intake.

 

Application

Applications for admission to graduate research programmes are available online, through the Graduate Admission System.

Applicants are encouraged to browse through the User Guide to better equip themselves before commencing your application.

Please note that even though an application is submitted online, relevant supporting documents must be sent via post. In order for applications to be considered for a specific intake, the online application, payment of application fees and available supporting documents must reach the Department by the relevant deadlines.

Completed applications (with all the requirement documents) submitted before the respective application closing date will be processed.

Completed/Incomplete applications received after the respective application deadline will be considered for the next intake.

 

Instructions on Application

Please note that even though an application is submitted online, relevant supporting documents must be sent via post. In order for applications to be considered for a specific intake, the online application, payment of application fees and available supporting documents must reach the University by the relevant deadlines.

Applicants may print the completed Application Form from the application portal by clicking on the ‘Application Number’ hyperlink in ‘Basic Programme Information’.

Applicants who wish to apply to more than one department must submit separate sets of application forms. Each set of application form should be accompanied by all supporting documents.

All supporting documents, if not in English, must be accompanied by copies of the English translation of the documents. Any omission of information required in the application or supporting documents will render the application void.

Supporting documents submitted are not returnable.

 

Applicants may refer to the Application Checklist for the full list of supporting documents.

After completing the on-line application, the completed on-line application form must be printed and signed. The signed application form, with all the supporting documents should be mailed to the following address:

 

Department of Pharmacy
National University of Singapore
Block S4A, Level 3
18 Science Drive 4
Singapore 117543
Republic of Singapore
Attn: Graduate Research Programme

 

For further enquiries, please contact Pharmacy Programme Admin at phabox7@nus.edu.sg.

 

Supporting Documents

Transcript

An official transcript of academic records is required from each university the applicant has attended. Applicants are responsible for requesting the transcript(s) from the relevant universities. Applicants may use the prescribed form for such request.

Transcripts must be enclosed in an official SEALED envelope with its flap bearing the security seal of the university and the signature of the Registrar or representative.

Graduates from NUS may submit copies of their result slips or transcripts.

 

Other Academic Certificates

In addition to university transcripts, applicants may attach any other academic certificates to support their application.

 

TOEFL/IELTS

Applicants whose native tongue AND medium of university instruction is not completely in English should submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.

TOEFL/ IELTS scores are valid for two (2) years from the test date. If the test has been taken more than two years ago, applicants should retake the test to have the scores reported.

 

GRE

Applicants (except for NUS/NTU/SMU graduates) should submit GRE scores.

GRE scores are valid for five (5) years from the test date. If the test was taken more than five years since, applicants should retake the test to have the scores reported.

Applicants from India may submit GATE scores in lieu of GRE.

 

Referee Reports

Recommendations from two (2) academic referees are to be submitted via the online admission system. Applicants should check with their referees and obtain their institutional email address. Email addresses from domains other than “.edu” may be subjected to additional screening and filtering. Once the online application is submitted by the applicant, an automated email will be generated and sent to the referees.

Alternatively, recommendations from referees may be submitted via hardcopy. Applicants should request that their referees return the recommendation form in a SEALED envelope, with its opening bearing their signatures across it.

 

Publications

Applicants are to submit a copy of each of their publication(s), if any. The journal’s “Impact Factor” field (which allows input of up to one decimal point) is essentially a measure of scientific impact that is based on citation rates for an article or other citable item. It also takes into account the significance of the journals in which results has been published. Applicants are to leave this portion blank if they are unsure.

 

Research Proposal

Applicants are encouraged to submit a brief preliminary research proposal of not more than 1,000 words.

 

Documentary Proof of Financial Support

International applicants who are not applying for the Research Scholarship or have indicated their wish to be considered for admission in the event that their Research Scholarship application is unsuccessful, must submit documentary evidence of their ability to support their study (e.g. a bank statement) indicating the availability of funding of at least S$40,000 or its equivalent.

Applicants who are sponsored by an individual or organization will need to submit a letter from the sponsor with details/ documentary proof of the sponsorship.

Those who are working in Singapore and applying for admission to our part-time programme may submit a copy of their recent pay slip.

 

Citizenship Certificate/NRIC/Passport

Singapore Citizens and Singapore PRs should submit a copy of their Singapore NRIC or citizenship certificate/ re-entry permit.

International applicants should submit a copy of their passport page, showing their nationality.

 

Application Outcome

Applicants will be informed officially on the outcome of their application via email latest as follows:

  • Semester 1 (August) intake: 31 May
  • Semester 2 (January) intake: 31 October of the previous year

Dear prospective graduate students for the Graduate Programme  at Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore (NUS):

 

The following table contains information of faculty members in Department of Pharmacy whose laboratories will have opening for a graduate student in Academic Year 2019/20.

 

Please note that the information in the table below will be updated periodically.

 

You are also welcome to make inquiry via the Pharmacy Office (Ms Cui Yan Ting at phacuiy@nus.edu.sg).

Principal Investigator Email Address Website Link Key Research Areas Domain
CHAN Alex phaac@nus.edu.sg http://pharmacy.nus.edu.sg/profile_alexandrechan/

 

Clinical Research, Pharmacogenomics, Oncology CLINICAL PHARMACY AND PHARMACY PRACTICE (PP)
LEE Joyce phalycj@nus.edu.sg http://pharmacy.nus.edu.sg/profile_joycelee/

 

Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice (Diabetes) CLINICAL PHARMACY AND PHARMACY PRACTICE (PP)
MORINAKA I Brandon phambi@nus.edu.sg http://pharmacy.nus.edu.sg/profile_brandonimorinaka/

 

Drug Discovery; Natural Products; Biosynthesis PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY (PC)
SESSIONS October october.sessions@duke-nus.edu.sg https://www.duke-nus.edu.sg/content/sessions-october

 

Emerging Infectious Diseases; mechanisms affecting the pathogenic potential of viruses PHARMACEUTICAL BIOLOGY AND PHARMACOKINETICS (PK)
WACKER Matthias phamgw@nus.edu.sg  http://pharmacy.nus.edu.sg/profile_matthias-gerhard-wacker/

 

https://nanomedicines.de/

Rational design and characterization of nanocarrier devices for the peroral and parenteral route of administration;

Drug release testing of nanoscaled drug delivery systems;

In silico modeling of pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of nanocarrier devices

 

DRUG DELIVERY AND PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY (PT)

Please note that candidates will be shortlisted purely based on academic and research credentials.

 

While Department will try to match supervisor to the preference of the student, final assignment of PhD supervisor will be subjected to a set of guidelines established in the department.

 

Thank you for your interest in considering pursuing your graduate study in Department of Pharmacy at NUS and we look forward to receiving your application to our graduate programme soon.

 

Best Regards,

Head, Department of Pharmacy

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