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:



Year 1 

Courses offered to LKCMedicine PhD Students 

LKCMedicine PhD programme Year 1

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 consulation 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.


Year 2 & 3 

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 defence in the form of an open seminar followed by a closed viva voce examination


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