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General

The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) was set up to meet an expected rise in the healthcare demands of a growing and ageing Singapore population, at the same time providing more opportunities for Singaporeans to pursue a high-quality medical degree locally. A partnership between two world-class universities, Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Imperial College London (Imperial), LKCMedicine is training a generation of doctors who will put patients at the centre of their exemplary medical care. Named after local philanthropist Tan Sri Dato Lee Kong Chian, the School, which was officially opened by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on 28 August 2017, aims to be a model for innovative medical education and transformative research.

LKCMedicine will augment Singapore’s healthcare manpower by producing top-quality doctors and medical leaders who are attuned to the needs of patients and society. While the School works closely with the National Healthcare Group as our primary clinical partner, we also partner with hospitals, polyclinics and specialist centres within the other healthcare clusters, SingHealth and National University Health System (NUHS). Farrer Park Hospital and Raffles Medical Group are also teaching sites for our students, making them the first private hospitals in Singapore to be officially involved in undergraduate medical education. 

LKCMedicine offers a five-year full-time Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) undergraduate programme. Upon completion of the programme, students will gain an MBBS degree awarded jointly by both NTU Singapore and Imperial. The programme adapts the best of Imperial’s world-renowned curriculum and leverages on NTU’s strengths in engineering, technology, biomedical research and the humanities to provide students with an innovative, multi-disciplinary curriculum aimed at developing doctors of tomorrow. Students will have a strong understanding of the scientific basis of medicine, and will be equipped with the critical skills to handle the doctor-patient relationship. Our partnership with NHG, a leader in public healthcare recognised for the quality of its medical expertise, facilities and teaching, as well as the other two healthcare clusters, offers students exposure to clinical experience relevant to Singapore’s healthcare needs. The School’s first cohort graduated in August 2018.

LKCMedicine also offers a PhD programme by Research for the brightest students from a variety of backgrounds – natural sciences, medicine, social sciences and engineering – and  exposes them to a range of topics and disciplines such that upon completion, graduates will have a deep knowledge and appreciation of both translatable and translational medical research methods. More about LKCMedicine’s PhD programme can be found here.

All local medical schools will primarily equip students with the knowledge and skills to become doctors and clinicians. LKCMedicine pioneers a modern curriculum characterised by its innovative approaches in pedagogy, utilising team-based learning and other leading-edge technology. LKCMedicine’s educational model focuses on interdisciplinary learning and draws on synergies from the fields of medicine, sciences, engineering, technology and the humanities.
The entry requirements and selection criteria can be found here.

LKCMedicine’s MBBS degree which is jointly awarded by NTU Singapore and Imperial is not considered a UK Primary Medical Qualification and does not entitle the holder to provisional registration with the General Medical Council in the UK. LKCMedicine graduates who wish to practise in the UK should follow the registration process for graduates from outside the UK and European Economic Area as described in the link here. Upon successful completion of the MBBS programme with local universities, graduates are to fulfil a service obligation of five years (for Singaporeans) or six years (for non-Singaporeans) in the local public healthcare sector, excluding housemanship or first year residency training.

Imperial is closely involved in the development and implementation of the curriculum as well as the recruitment of top faculty members and students. LKCMedicine also adheres to Imperial’s robust quality assurance procedures. The MBBS programme falls under the regulations of the Quality Assurance Agency, and also conforms to local quality assurance requirements imposed by the Singapore Medical Council, NTU Singapore and LKCMedicine. Academic subject and professional experts from local and overseas institutions are appointed as external examiners for LKCMedicine. The team of external examiners includes a Joint External Examiner who is also an external examiner for Imperial’s MBBS programme. This ensures that the standard of LKCMedicine’s MBBS programme is consistent with Imperial’s and on par with the other medical schools recognised by the Singapore Medical Council.

In the first two years of the programme, students attend lessons at both the Novena and Yunnan Garden campuses, and spend a half day per week at a polyclinic. In the next three years, students are based primarily at healthcare facilities throughout Singapore, under the three healthcare clusters – NHG, SingHealth and NUHS.

LKCMedicine has established an exchange programme with Imperial to encourage interactions between the two institutions. Selected second year LKCMedicine students participate in the Imperial Immersion Week programme in March each year.

Final year LKCMedicine students embark on a 6-week overseas elective at Imperial and various countries including the UK, Australia, Japan, Thailand, India and others.

LKCMedicine launched its four-year PhD by Research programme in January 2016. The PhD by Research programme is shaped by Singapore’s healthcare needs and delivered with several innovative features. The programme includes clinical attachments for students from a non-clinical background to receive a deeper understanding of local healthcare needs. There are also laboratory rotations which broaden students’ range of skills, as well as overseas attachments with academic medical centres which give students an international perspective. Capitalising on LKCMedicine’s strategic partnerships, students will be able to choose from three different pathways for their research training. More about LKCMedicine’s PhD programme can be found here.

 

The MBBS degree is accredited in Singapore, in line with the requirements set by the Singapore Medical Council and Singapore Ministry of Health.

The faculty at LKCMedicine consists of a core team of experienced clinician-educators and faculty members from NTU Singapore and Imperial. The School also has a prominent research faculty, made up of internationally-renowned clinician-scientists and researchers. NTU Singapore and Imperial will continue to recruit excellent faculty committed to delivering world-class medical education and research.

LKCMedicine’s Governing Board comprises representatives from the Singapore Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, NHG, NTU Singapore, Imperial, LKCMedicine and other industry leaders who hold the expertise and experience to help the School achieve its goals. Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of the Singapore Food Agency and a member of NTU Singapore’s Board of Trustees, leads the School’s Governing Board.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.lkcmedicine.ntu.edu.sg or contact us at adm_LKCMedicine@ntu.edu.sg

For enquiries on financial aid, please contact:

NTU Office of Admissions (NTU OA)
Website: http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg
Email (Local Qualifications): adm_local@ntu.edu.sg
Email (International Qualifications): adm_intnl@ntu.edu.sg

Admissions

LKCMedicine admitted its first cohort of students in August 2013.
The School has an annual intake of 150 students. As the School is set up to train doctors for Singapore and Singaporeans, priority for admission will be given to Singaporeans.
Applications can be made from October the year before admission to typically mid-March in the year of admission.
NTU is responsible for the admissions process and criteria for LKCMedicine, in consultation with Imperial College London.
We welcome applicants who have taken the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), with any of the following qualifications:

(a) Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level 
(b) Local Polytechnic Diploma
(c) International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
(d) NUS High School Diploma
(e) Relevant international qualifications

Apart from motivation for study, interest in medicine and potential to contribute to the course, applicants will also be assessed based on the following: 

(a)  Academic performance 
(b)  Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) results 
(c)  Personal statement 
(d)  2 Referee reports. (Please note that one of the referees must be your Civics Tutor/Form Teacher. The online referee report is in question and answer format. There are 2 questions which will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Instructions and login details will be provided to applicants who will in turn forward the login information to their referees.) 
(e)  Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI). Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend the MMI. Successful applicants will be offered admission to LKCMedicine, subject to clearing their health requirements check. 

The minimum requirements for the various qualifications are given in the table below:

Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level Certificate
- H2 Pass in Chemistry and H2 Pass in either Biology or Physics
​- All H2 subjects and attempted General Paper (GP) or Knowledge & Inquiry (KI) must be taken at one sitting
- Meet Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement.
- More details here.

International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Pass in HL Chemistry and Pass in either HL Biology or Physics
- Meet Mother Tongue requirement.
- More details here

NUS High School Diploma
- Major CAP of 2.0 in Chemistry and either Biology or Physics
- CAP of 1.0 in one other major and in English Programme
- Meet Mother Tongue requirement.
- More details here

Polytechnic Diploma
- A good GPA in a Health Science-related diploma.
A list of relevant diplomas

International Qualifications
List of acceptable international qualifications
- For further advice on other international qualifications, you may contact NTU Office of Admissions (NTU OA).

Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirements:
1. Minimum of D7 for the higher MTL paper taken at the 'O' Level examination.
2. Minimum of ‘S’ grade for the H1 MTL paper or General Studies in Chinese.
3. Minimum of 'S' grade for the H2 MTL paper taken at the 'A' Level examination.
4. Pass in the MTL 'B' Syllabus paper at the 'A' Level examination.

If an applicant has been exempted from MTL as approved by MOE, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered the MTL subject.
Applicants who have previously attended the MMI will be allowed one chance of reapplication under the Aptitude-based Admissions scheme. The applicants will have to present valid BMAT scores.

Our MBBS programme has very limited places and entry is highly competitive. We therefore accord priority to applicants who have not previously pursued undergraduate studies. Applicants who have started, are pursuing, or have completed an undergraduate programme at any university are generally not considered.

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a two-hour subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants who wish to read Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain medical schools in the UK, Thailand as well as the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine). It is a pen and paper test consisting of three (3) separate sections. It is an aptitude test and relies on skills and knowledge that candidates should already have. The BMAT is produced, administered and marked by the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, which also facilitates an extensive worldwide centre network at which candidates can sit for the test. Registration for BMAT takes place every September - October through RELC EB (for students from the Singapore school system) and British Council Singapore (for students outside the Singapore school system, i.e. from international schools).

The BMAT, which is currently being used for top level medical schools in the UK including Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford to name a few, provides information about a student’s aptitude for medicine and has been a good predictor of a student’s performance in a medical school. As LKCMedicine’s MBBS programme is a joint degree between Nanyang Technological University and Imperial College London, the use of BMAT for admissions to LKCMedicine will ensure parity of student selection.

BMAT is a test of skills and knowledge that learners are expected to have already and there is no evidence at present to suggest that extra preparatory study is linked to improved performance. However, familiarity with the test format, question and answer style may help. You can get familiar with the test format by practising with specimen test papers available for download here.

There is a range of resources available online at www.bmat.org.uk to help one prepare for BMAT, including a test specification, sample test papers, past papers, format familiarisation and suggested reading material.

LKCMedicine does not endorse any preparatory courses for BMAT. You can access sample and past papers from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website. ​

If you are applying to the AY2022 - 2023 intake of LKCMedicine, you should apply for the BMAT in October/November, prior to applying to LKCMedicine. Only results of the BMAT taken in the 12-month period prior to admission to LKCMedicine will be considered in the selection process.

The BMAT fee is published on the RELC EB and British Council Singapore websites. Students from the Singapore school system should register with RELC EB.

Students outside the Singapore school system should register with the British Council, Singapore. Please contact the British Council for confirmation of the BMAT registration fee. 

The schools have in place needs-based student financial aid programmes that ensure no deserving student is denied an education because of financial constraints. To pay for BMAT, financial assistance is available to students in need. Students are advised to approach their schools for advice on the process to obtain assistance. 

You can register for the BMAT with RELC EB (for students from the Singapore school system) or the British Council (for students outside the Singapore school system). There is a sign in page and registration form which you can access from the RELC EB and British Council websites respectively.



(a)  Registration via RELC EB
i. Make payment for BMAT fee at AXS station.

BMAT Key Dates 2021

ii. Submit the Online Registration Form via the RELC EB website by the next day after making payment. Submission must be done by 1 October 2021, 1200hrs for Standard Entry; or 15 October 2021, 1200hrs for Late Entry.

* At the AXS machine, students should choose the Services tab, then select the Education tab, select RELC EB and follow the payment process instructions. Note that this service is currently not available on the AXS e-station and AXS m-station.
^ Email to RELC EB at bmat@relc.org.sg before 11.00am Singapore time on this date for Standard Entry payment procedure.
# Email to RELC EB at bmat@relc.org.sg before 11.00am Singapore time on this date for Late Entry payment procedure

 

(a) Registration process for students requesting financial assistance
Students requesting financial assistance will need to submit a copy of the printed Online Registration Form and the non-subsidised portion of the fee to your school by 15 September 2021. For more details, visit the RELC EB website

(b) Registration via BC
If you are registering via British Council, you can submit the completed form and make payment in person at the British Council or post the form together with a cheque to British Council. 

 

 

Registration usually opens around September and closes around October. Registration and payment must be completed by the deadline for standard fee. A higher fee will be chargeable for applications received thereafter.

Students are advised to visit the RELC and British Council websites from September to obtain registration details.

BMAT is a global examination taken by students all over the world who apply to the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University College London, Imperial College London, LKCMedicine and others. Hence, the date of examination is synchronised in October/November, at a time when Singapore students take the GCE ‘A’ Level examinations. This should be advantageous for students who have already studied related subjects (Sciences) and help in the students’ preparation for the BMAT. 

The cut-off scores for BMAT differ yearly as they are dependent on the strength of the application cohort. As a guide, you may refer to the table below which shows the 10th and 90th percentiles of BMAT scores of our students admitted in Academic Year 2021-2022.

 AY2021/22 (Admitted Students)
 10th Percentile 90th Percentile 
Section 1
Aptitude & Skills 
5.47.9
Section 2
Scientific Knowledge & Applications
5.47.3
Section 3
Writing Task - Content 
3.04
Section 3
Writing Grade 
A

 

At the time of registration, you will need to indicate that you are applying to LKCMedicine. Once the results are released, your scores will be sent directly to LKCMedicine/NTU by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing. 

Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI)

They are a series of interviews designed to assess a potential student’s aptitude and capability to successfully complete the MBBS programme. Applicants invited for the MMI will complete a series of eight (8) mini-interviews, each lasting approximately five (5) minutes, conducted in eight (8) separate interview booths by faculty and professionals from various healthcare disciplines. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the MMI.

Applicants offered admission to LKCMedicine must fulfil the standardised set of screening and vaccination requirements stipulated by the Ministry of Health, Singapore. The health requirements can be found here. These requirements are subject to changes by the Ministry of Health Singapore.

Male candidates currently serving National Service should apply for permission to be released by MINDEF for the test and interviews.

Applicants may request for feedback during the application cycle in which the application is made, by contacting the NTU Office of Admissions and quoting their full name and identification number or application number.

You may complete the Aptitude Based Admissions portion of the online application form if you would like to be considered under the Aptitude Based Admissions criteria. If you are shortlisted by the Selection Committee and have achieved the minimum academic results, you will be invited to attend the interview.

Financial Information

All students admitted to LKCMedicine are eligible for subsidised fees, subject to service obligation. The subsidised fees information for students can be obtained here.

 

Students admitted to the LKCMedicine are required to serve the public healthcare sector upon successful completion of the MBBS programme. Singaporeans serve a five-year service obligation and non-Singaporeans serve a six-year service obligation, excluding housemanship or first year residency training. More information on Medical undergraduate Agreement can be obtained here.

PSC scholarship recipients who are concurrently awarded the President’s Scholarship to read Medicine will also have a service obligation according to the terms of the scholarship. For more information about PSC scholarships, please visit  https://www.psc.gov.sg/Scholarships  

For other scholarship or financial assistance recipients, please refer to the terms of agreement of the respective schemes. 

In addition to the scholarships and bursaries offered by NTU Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, LKCMedicine has in place needs-based student financial aid programmes that ensure no deserving student is denied an education because of financial constraints. Through endowed gifts from our principal donor, the Lee Foundation, as well as other donors such as the E I Parrish Trust, students who face financial hardship will be able to apply for student bursaries, travel bursaries and emergency grants, in addition to interest-free tuition fee loans. Details are available here.

Students can apply for the LKCMedicine and E I Parrish bursaries that cover part of the tuition fees. These will be funded primarily through the generous endowment by the Lee Foundation and E I Parrish Trust, part of which has been designated to help financially needy students.

Qualification for student bursaries will be based on applicants’ monthly household Per Capita Income (PCI). Students can also take loans to cover the remaining tuition fee payable. Student bursaries are tenable on a yearly basis. 

Applicants must submit a scholarship application in the NTU admissions portal before the admissions closing date.

Outstanding candidates from lower-income families and who meet the income eligibility criteria of $2,250 and below for Per Capita Income (PCI), or $9,000 and below Gross Monthly Household Income (GHI) should also apply for needs-based scholarships during the admissions period. All scholarships are awarded based on competition amongst shortlisted candidates. 

Shortlisted scholarship applicants will be notified of their scholarship interview date, around late April.
Yes, applications for a tuition fee loan that covers up to 90 per cent of tuition fees can be made through either DBS or OCBC. Refer to the NTU website for details here.
Yes. However, the combination of loans and any bursaries that are meant to cover the fees cannot exceed 100 per cent of the fees payable. ​​​​