Master of Science (MSc) (Nursing) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Master of Science (MSc) (Nursing) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Current challenges facing Singapore’s healthcare system offer opportunities for nursing research to make a substantial, positive impact on the health of the population and improve approaches to patient care.

The shift in emphasis from treatment to the prevention of illness and from acute illness to chronic conditions, along with an urgent need to translate successful research findings into clinical practice, allows the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS) to position nursing research at the forefront of the healthcare sciences. The Centre’s graduate research programmes aim to develop a dynamic, vital, and productive community of investigators who conduct rigorous research to establish the scientific and evidence base for patient care.

The Centre (part of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine) offers nurses in Singapore as well as from other countries two research-oriented programmes – the Master of Science (MSc) (Nursing) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Master qualification may be converted to a Doctor of Philosophy for candidates demonstrating exceptional ability. These milestone Singapore-based qualifications enable nurses to study in a full-time or part-time mode.

The MSc (Nursing) and PhD programmes aim to develop graduates characterised by their:

  • ability to identify, formulate and address problems through research;
  • drive for evidence-based nursing research and practice;
  • creative and strategic approach to lead the nursing profession nationally and internationally;
  • entrepreneurial spirit to lead innovation that will have a positive impact on the profession and the healthcare industry.

The programmes will ensure all graduates have:

  • the ability to carry out independent primary and secondary research
  • a sound grounding in translation of evidence to clinical practice
  • developed critical analytical and writing skills
  • the leadership skills to further nursing research both nationally and internationally


Master of Nursing Programme (Coursework)

The 24-month Master of Nursing (MN) programme meets a national need to equip nurses with advanced knowledge and skills for the clinical management of patients and the enhanced use of research findings as the basis of effective practice.

The MN programme aims to prepare graduates:

  • to be competent and safe Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) who exercise informed clinical judgment in the delivery of evidence-based care that will improve patient outcomes;
  • to function as clinical consultants, role models, and clinical leaders to lead innovation that will benefit the profession and the health care industry;
  • to pursue life-long learning and be responsible for their competencies with up-to-date clinical practice.

Graduates of the MN programme are eligible to apply for certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) with the Singapore Nursing Board (SNB).