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. LKCMedicine trains 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 graduating between now and 2028 will gain an MBBS degree awarded jointly by both NTU Singapore and Imperial. From 2029, graduates will receive an NTU degree. 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.
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 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.
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 several universities around the world including Imperial to encourage overseas exposure.
Final year LKCMedicine students embark on a 6-week overseas elective in 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 .
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 NHG. The School also has a prominent research faculty, made up of internationally-renowned clinician-scientists and researchers. NTU Singapore 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.
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NTU Office of Admissions (NTU OA)
Email (Local Qualifications): firstname.lastname@example.org
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(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.
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.
- A good GPA in a Health Science-related diploma.
- A list of relevant diplomas
- 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.
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, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science at certain medical schools in the UK as well as the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine). It is a pen and pencil paper test consisting of 3 separate sections. It is an aptitude test, and it relies on skills and knowledge that candidates should already have. The BMAT is produced, administered and marked by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, a department of Cambridge English Language Assessment, which also facilitates an extensive worldwide centre network at which candidates can sit for the test. Registration for BMAT usually takes place every September.
The BMAT, which is currently being used for top level medical schools in the UK including Imperial College London, Cambridge and Oxford universities 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, Singapore and Imperial College London, the use of BMAT for admission to LKCMedicine will ensure parity of student selection.
BMAT is a test of skills and knowledge that learners are expected to have and there is no evidence at present to suggest that extra preparatory study is linked to improved performance. Familiarity with the test format, question and answer style may help. There are a range of resources available online to help one prepare for BMAT, including test specification, sample test papers, past papers, format familiarisation and suggested reading material. You can familiarise yourself with the test format by practising with specimen test papers available for download here: http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat/preparing-for-bmat/
If you are applying to the AY2023-24 intake of LKCMedicine, you should take the BMAT in October 2022, prior to applying to LKCMedicine. Only results of the BMAT taken in the 12-month period prior to application to LKCMedicine will be considered in the selection process. This year’s BMAT will take place on 18 October 2022. Results will be released on 25 November 2022.
It is important to note that LKCMedicine only accepts BMAT results taken in the October/November seating.
The fee payable to Regional Language Centre Examinations Bureau (RELC EB) will be advised at a later date. Students from the Singapore school system should register with RELC Examinations Bureau (EB): https://www.relc.org.sg/qualifications-certifications/admission-tests/bmat
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. To find out more, please visit https://www.britishcouncil.sg/exam/professional-university/admission-tests
Financial assistance is available to students in need, who wish to sit for BMAT. Students may 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.
RELC EB: https://www.relc.org.sg/signin
British Council: https://www.britishcouncil.sg/exam/professional-university/admission-tests
(a) Registration via RELC EB
i. Make payment for BMAT fee at AXS station or RELC office.
1 - 29 September 2022, (2330 hrs)
Payment must be made at AXS* station
On 30 September 2022, before 1200 hrs
Email to RELC for payment procedure before 11am^
ii. Submit the Online Registration Form via the RELC EB website by the next day after making payment. Submission must be done by 30 September 2022.
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org before 11.00am Singapore time on this date for Standard Entry payment procedure.
# Email to RELC EB at email@example.com before 11.00am Singapore time on this date for Late Entry payment procedure.
(b) 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 14 September 2022.
(c) 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 the British Council. Please contact the British Council for confirmation of the BMAT registration fee.
Registration opens on 1 September 2022 and will close on 30 September 2022, 12pm SGT. Registration and payment must be completed by 30 September 2022. Students are advised to visit RELC EB and British Council websites 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 the examination is synchronised in October/ November, at a time when Singapore students take the GCE ‘A’ Level or IB 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, the table below shows the 10th and 90th percentiles of BMAT scores of our students admitted in Academic Year 2022-23.
|AY2022/23 (Admitted Students)|
|10th Percentile||90th Percentile|
Aptitude & Skills
Scientific Knowledge & Applications
Writing Task - Content
When you register for BMAT, please indicate that you would be applying to LKCMedicine for admission to the MBBS programme. When your BMAT results are released, these would then be forwarded to LKCMedicine by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing. We will also encourage you to remember your BMAT candidate number as this would have to be provided when you subsequently apply to LKCMedicine for admission.
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.
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
. These requirements are subject to changes by the Ministry of Health Singapore.
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.
All students admitted to LKCMedicine are eligible for subsidised fees, subject to service obligation. The subsidised fees information for students can be obtained
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
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.