Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway

The Yale-NUS & Duke-NUS Liberal Arts and Medicine Pathway is offered jointly by Yale-NUS College and Duke-NUS Medical School for liberal arts students who are planning to pursue a career in medicine. The Pathway was established by Yale-NUS and Duke-NUS with the aim of shaping future clinicians who appreciate the interconnectedness of the sciences, social sciences and humanities in medical practice.

The Pathway allows students to be admitted to Yale-NUS College and simultaneously receive a conditional admission to the graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme at Duke-NUS Medical School.

For more details on admissions, application process and requirements, please click here.

Students who complete the Pathway will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours or Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours degree from Yale-NUS College, followed by a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Duke-NUS Medical School.

The key features of the Pathway are as follows:

Undergraduate studies at Yale-NUS College
  • Year 1 and 2: All Yale-NUS students go through the Common Curriculum, which encourages critical, creative, and active thinking through a range of subjects including comparative social inquiry, philosophy and political thought, quantitative reasoning, and more in the first two years with no prescribed majors.
  • Year 3: Students declare a major in order to gain deep knowledge in one area of study, while taking electives in other disciplines that give them an appreciation of how the sciences, social sciences and humanities all play a role in the practice of medicine. At the end of Year 3, students will also have to submit formal applications to Duke-NUS to secure their conditional offers.
  • Year 4: Students do a capstone project in their chosen major and complete the modular credits (MC) requirements for their Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours or Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours degree.
  • Year 2 to Year 4: Under the guidance of both their Yale-NUS faculty adviser and Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) staff adviser, students will also gain academic and non-academic experiences throughout their undergraduate programme that strengthen their commitment to the field of medicine in a broad sense. Students can expect to stay engaged with Duke-NUS through periodic meetings with Duke-NUS faculty on campus and invitations to activities designed to provide insights into the medical school experience and a career in medicine. A general overview of the mentorship and enrichment activities is below.
    • Close guidance by designated staff from Yale-NUS Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) staff
    • Duke-NUS Prehealth Experiential Programme
    • Duke-NUS Medical Specialties Workshops
    • Duke-NUS Alumni Clinical Observership
    • Community Projects
Post-graduate studies at Duke-NUS Medical School after Year 4 at Yale-NUS
  • The Duke-NUS Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme spans four years, and graduates are awarded a joint Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree by Duke University and the National University of Singapore (NUS).


See Doctor of Medicine (MD) for more information on the MD curriculum.

More information on other Duke-NUS programmes (i.e., MD-PhD and PhD programmes), can be found at https://www.duke-nus.edu.sg/admissions/duke-nus-medicine-programmes