Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Programme (By Research)


Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

LKCMedicine Admissions

The LKCMedicine PhD by Research Programme​ admits students from a variety of backgrounds – natural science, medicine, social science, and engineering, and exposes them to a range of topics and disciplines such that on completion, graduates will have a deep knowledge and appreciation of both translatable and translational medical research methods.

From Our PhD Programme Director



"Biomedical science is becoming increasingly complex, requiring ​​researchers who are adaptable and able to work across multiple disciplines. The LKCMedicine PhD by Research Programme is designed to prepare students for the challenges of this exciting and rapidly changing field. From the outset, our students are exposed to a range of experimental and analytical techniques, through the research group rotations and the core and elective modules. The Clinical and Global Awareness attachments provide unique experiences that help establish the context of our research. We are confident that our graduates will leave the School well equipped to become the research leaders of tomorrow.​"

Professor Philip Ingham FRS
PhD Programme Director
Toh Kian Chui Distinguished Professor
Professor of Developmental Biology
Principal Investigator, Developmental Genetics Laboratory

Student Testimonials

"The LKCMedicine PhD by Research Programme comes from a medical school that is a marriage between two top universities, Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University, ensuring an endless stream of opportunities for translational medical research and collaborations."

Dr Lee Shuen Yee
Class of 2020

​"The modules have been useful in exposing me to new technologies and study methodologies. I was able to think about my chosen topic in depth and from many different angles and intend to apply this new knowledge to my clinical research projects beyond my PhD."

Dr Barnaby Young, Clinical Appointment,
PhD Candidate, Class of 2020

"The research atmosphere at LKCMedicine is world-class. I particularly love that there are no barriers between various lab groups and everyone is a part of a big warm scientific family. By the end of this journey, I hope to achieve scientific excellence in my field of research as well as kick-start a career in academia."

Kelly Wong Li Lin
PhD Candidate, Class of 2021

It is designed to train and equip students with essential skills that will enable them to conduct cutting-edge research in one of the following domains:

  • ​Lifespan Medicine
  • Population Medicine
  • Medical Biology
  • Medical Engineering
  • Medical Education Research
The four-year PhD by Research programme has three distinctive features: 

  • Global health awareness attachment  
  • Laboratory rotations & clinical attachment 
  • Three unique research training pathways 

Students’ research proposals should be aligned with one of LKCMedicine’s research themes - Metabolic / Vascular Diseases, Infection and Immunity, Neuroscience and Mental Health, and Dermatology and Skin Biology​. 

Valid test score is required for applicants who are not graduates from autonomous universities in Singapore. Test dates must be within 5 years or less from the date of application. 

Admissions Criteria
Degree Requirements
Non-clinician applicants
At least Upper Second, preferably First class honours degree in a relevant field. A Master’s degree is not a pre-requisite but is considered advantageous.

Clinician applicants
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) with identifiable research experience, preferably in the form of a Master’s degree​
Other Requirements
Good English test score is required. English test scores are required for international applicants except those who are from English-medium institutions or whose undergraduate/graduate degrees are from autonomous universities in Singapore. IELTS may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL
Valid test score is required for applicants who are not graduates from autonomous universities in Singapore. Test dates must be within 5 years or less from the date of application.


Applicant​s are also assessed on the feasibility of the research proposal, research experience and fundamental knowledge in their area of interest.​

NTU Research Scholarship

The NTU Research Scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduate students for research leading to a higher degree at the University. The Scholarship consists of a monthly stipend plus a tuition fee subsidy. It is tenable for one year in the first instance and is renewable subject to good progress. The maximum period of the award is up to four years for PhD candidates, subject to good performance and progress, as well as the availability of research funding. The School, at its discretion, may appoint scholarship recipients to assist in academic or administration work not exceeding 10 hours per week. For details and other available graduate scholarships, please click here.

Application Procedures

Before You
  1. Please submit a one-page statement of your motivation to do research.
  2. Please take note of the following when you submit the research proposal in your application
    - For applicants who are applying based on a non-NTU or NTU scholarship that is tied to a specific research project and/or belongs to a particular PI, you are to submit a one-page summary of the research proposal in your own words, with reference to the research project of the PI. Please indicate the name of your PI and the scholarship that is tied to this project/PI in your summary. Support must be obtained from the PI to be your PhD supervisor, or your application would not be considered. For research projects that have their own specific funding, you may refer to HERE.

    -For applicants who are applying based on an NTU scholarship that is not tied to any specific research project or PI, you are to submit a one-page summary of your OWN research proposal. You are required to select THREE potential supervisors from HERE. Please indicate your selections in the online application. At least one of them must have agreed to be your PhD supervisor or your application would not be considered.

    *Please write in to if you need any clarification.

How to Apply

​Submit an online application here.
When to Apply

​There are two intakes each year -  August and January. Please apply before the closing date for the preferred intake:

Admission IntakeApplication Period
August1 October - 31 January
January1 June - 31 July


The application and all supporting/additional documents (including referees’ letters) must be completed and submitted by the closing date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


For enquiries, you may e-mail to

NOTE: The above details are subject to change without prior notice.


Students are expected to complete the programme in four years. The programme is open to applicants who are keen to pursue PhD studies on a full-time or part-time basis (self-financing).
The minimum and maximum candidatures are as follows:*
  • Full-time: minimum 3 and maximum 5 years
  • Part-time: minimum 3 and maximum 7 years
  • Full-time and Part-time: minimum 3 and maximum 5 years (For students admitted from AY2020-21)​
Click here​ for the PhD by Research programme brochure. 

For enquiries, please email to
* NOTE: The above details are subject to change without prior notice.



The LKCMedicine PhD by Research Programme is designed to train and equip students with the technical and analytical skills essential to address the School’s key research in Cardiorespiratory & Metabolic Health, Infectious Diseases, ​Neuroscience & Mental Health, Population Health & Health Services Research, Systems Biology, Medical Education Research, Regenerative Medicine & Developmental Biology, Health Technologies and Nanomedicine and Bioengineering. Students receive broad exposure to a wide range of expertise within the School and NTU before specialising in their chosen research area. 

LKCMedicine PhD students must undertake the following: 




Courses offered to LKCMedicine PhD Students:


The following are the curriculum requirements for clinician and non-clinician PhD students:



Students will be assessed on the following during Year 1:
  1. Performance in in-course assessment and/or written examinations of the courses conducted at the end of each semester
  2. Quality of written reports and presentations of the lab rotation projects. Results (if any) of each mini-project should be written in the form of a scientific paper (1 to 2-page), for evaluation at the PhD Qualifying Examination in due course
  3. Quality of written reports (1000 to 1500 words) of the Global Health and Clinical Awareness attachments
Pass the PhD Qualifying Examination between 12 to 18 months from the start date of candidature. The examination includes: (i) literature review, (ii) research proposal and (iii) a report on research undertaken to date. Oral presentations are also required for items (ii) and (iii).

*The selection of the lab rotations will be guided by the student's preferred PhD research focus and in consultation with his/her supervisor. The rotations are meant to broaden the student's exposure to research within the School at an early stage of their training.

Years 2 and 3

  • Attendance at Research Seminars
  • Commence main research project and choose one of the following Pathways: 

Year 4

  • Attendance at Research Seminars
  • Students on all three pathways complete their main project at LKCMedicine and prepare their thesis for submission
  • The PhD Thesis Examination consists of thesis, thesis defense in the form of an open seminar followed by a closed viva voce examination



VinGroup Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship applies to Vietnamese nationals who are interested in pursuing a full-time PhD or Master’s degree (by research or coursework) at NTU.

Interested applicants may click here for more info.

For more info on the LKCMedicine PhD by Research programme, please click here.