Admission requirements for Singapore medical school announced
4 April 2012
Imperial and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) announced the admission requirements for the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore earlier in March. Students vying for one of the first 50 places at Singapore’s newest medical school, which opens in August 2013, will need to demonstrate they have the skills to be an outstanding doctor, as well as hold first class qualifications.
The School will identify the students best suited for the new medical course through robust admission requirements which include the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and a series of multiple mini-interviews. The BMAT, which assesses skills in problem solving, communications and applying scientific knowledge, is used by UK universities, including Imperial, for admission to medical courses, but has not previously been a requirement of any university in Singapore.
Professor Martyn Partridge, Senior Vice Dean of the School and Deputy Director of Education in Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine, said: “As well as our requirement for the highest academic qualifications, our students will be assessed upon attributes, such as empathy and professionalism, on their commitment to medicine as a career and on their potential to meet exacting ethical standards. We want to develop the best students into the best doctors to serve the people of Singapore in the future.”
The Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, established in October 2010 to help to meet the demand for doctors in Singapore, will offer a five-year undergraduate medical course leading to the award of a joint Imperial-NTU MBBS degree. The admission requirements were announced to coincide with NTU’s open house on 10 March, where prospective students were given a taste of the new medical course.
— Caroline Davis, Communications and Development