PhD and MSc programmes

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.

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


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.

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

Principal Investigator Email Address Website Link Key Research Areas Domain


Clinical Research, Pharmacogenomics, Oncology CLINICAL PHARMACY AND PHARMACY PRACTICE (PP)
CHEN Yu Zong Bioinformatics & Drug Design, Computational Biology, Computer-Aided Drug Design, Machine Learning PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY (PC)
KOH Hwee Ling


Quality, safety and efficacy of botanicals; health promotion PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY (PC)
LEE Joyce


Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice (Diabetes) CLINICAL PHARMACY AND PHARMACY PRACTICE (PP)


Drug Discovery; Natural Products; Biosynthesis PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY (PC)


Emerging Infectious Diseases; mechanisms affecting the pathogenic potential of viruses PHARMACEUTICAL BIOLOGY AND PHARMACOKINETICS (PK)
WACKER Matthias   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



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


Application Procedures


Refer to this page for the admission requirements:


Refer to this page for the application procedure:


After completing the on-line application, the completed on-line application form must be printed. The printed 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

Research Scholarships, Awards, Financial Aid & Fees for Graduate Research Programme @ NUS Pharmacy


NUS Scholarships: go to

Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA): go to


Singapore Economic Development Board Industrial Postgraduate Programme (EDB IPP) for Singaporeans and SPRs. Enquire after successful admission to PhD programme @ NUS Pharmacy.


The Economic Development Board Industrial Postgraduate Programme (EDB IPP) is an initiative by the Singapore Economic Development Board to develop a pool of postgraduate manpower with the essential and critical R&D skill-sets for roles in the industry. IPP trainees are provided with postgraduate training in a corporate R&D environment through EDB’s partnership with companies and locally-based universities.


For Students – Successful IPP trainees will be full-time salaried employees at the company while pursuing full-time PhD studies at NUS Pharmacy. IPP trainees are expected to spend at least 50% of their time on an identified company research project (supervised by a team comprising of at least 1 academic faculty from NUS Pharmacy and 1 company staff with PhD qualifications) at the company’s facilities.


Eligibility as an IPP Trainee – Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, eligible for full-time PhD studies, jointly selected by NUS and company


Sponsorship Terms (for 4 years) by EDB & Company – Full NUS PhD Programme tuition fees & Monthly salary & CPF contribution (remuneration determined by company) – EDB provides company with support of up to S$3,300 monthly and corresponding CPF


How to Apply – New hires or existing employees of interested companies are to apply for entry into the NUS PhD Programme


For Companies – Interested companies will jointly scope research projects with identified NUS faculty, before putting in an IPP application for EDB’s approval.


Eligibility as an IPP Partner

  • Local or multinational companies based in Singapore
  • Have an established corporate research and development (R&D) lab in Singapore with a sizeable team of PhD researchers
  • Identified suitable PhD-level company R&D leaders to be supervisors for the IPP trainees
  • Good record of research activities/projects
  • Commitment to support IPP trainee for a period of 4 years leading to the attainment of a PhD at NUS


Contractual Agreement & Intellectual Property Arrangements

Companies will work with NUS faculty and the NUS Industrial Liaison Office to formulate a contractual agreement for each research project undertaken by the IPP trainee, company and NUS.


The agreement will include clauses related to salary, tuition fees, extent of commitment by parties involved, conference travel, insurance, publications, consumables, utilisation of equipment and any other indirect costs (includes 60% overhead) which may arise during the IPP.


The company and NUS will also need to agree on Intellectual Property (IP) arrangements arising from the projects undertaken by the IPP trainees.

Support from EDB for Companies (up to 4 years)


  • IPP trainee’s full tuition fees
  • IPP trainee’s monthly basic salary (capped at S$3,300 and employer’s CPF contribution) – company has complete flexibility to peg the IPP trainee’s salary to the prevailing economic conditions
  • Co-sharing of research grants to NUS (capped at S$12,500 per student per year)


Companies who wish to participate in the IPP can email for more information.