GRPN Overview

Current challenges facing the health care system offer opportunities for nursing research to make a substantial impact on the health of the population and to improve approaches to patient care. There is a shift in emphasis from treatment to prevention of illness and from acute illness to chronic conditions as well as an urgent need to translate successful research findings into clinical practice.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science (Nursing) – [MSc (Nursing)]
  • Doctor of Philosophy – PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy will be offered with two flexible options:
Option A: A traditional thesis of a maximum of 80,000 words; or
Option B: An integrated thesis by publication of a maximum of 80,000 words

There is no specialization of the degrees awarded. These milestone Singapore based qualifications enable nurses to take their study in a full-time or part-time mode.

Programme Features

The research training agenda in the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (NUS Nursing) aims to position nursing research at the forefront of the health care sciences. Teaching in the graduate research programmes aims to develop a dynamic, vital, and productive community of investigators who conduct rigorous research to establish the scientific and evidence base for patient care.

Students are engaged in supervised research with NUS Nursing staff members for their period of candidature, at the end of which, they submit a thesis that is examined by a Board of Examiners. The students will enrol for the MSc (Nursing) or PhD programme at admission and fulfil requirements to graduate either with a MSc (Nursing) or PhD degree.

In addition to the research component, students are required to take and pass coursework, which comprises of three core modules and one elective module. With effect from Academic Year 2017/2018, the three core modules are NUR5002 (Statistics for Health Research), NUR6001 (Graduate Research Seminar) and NUR6003 (Research Methods). Students may choose their elective modules from those offered by NUS Nursing, the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUSMed) as well as other faculties. Upon satisfactory completion of the four modules prescribed, all PhD candidates have to take two additional elective modules which can be chosen from those offered by NUS Nursing, NUSMed as well as other faculties.

All MSc (Nursing) and PhD students who wish to upgrade to PhD will be required to pass a Qualifying Examination (QE) within 24 months of candidature. Students may apply for the QE upon satisfactory completion of the coursework required and criteria specified for the upgrading. The QE comprises of an open seminar and a closed door examination with the QE Panel comprising three members. Candidates with good coursework grades and data published or publishable in a reputable journal will be allowed to upgrade or confirmed as PhD candidates.

Each PhD student will have a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) comprising the Supervisor and two members nominated by the Head of Department. The TAC is responsible for monitoring the progress of the students and making recommendations on the suitability of candidates for submission of their thesis.

Residency Requirements and Candidature

Residency Requirements

All candidates must spend a minimum period of residence in Singapore as follows:

MSc (Nursing) 6 Months (One Semester)
PhD 18 Months (Three Semesters)

Residency Requires:

  1. Payment of fees
  2. Satisfying all curricular requirements of the programme of study
  3. Satisfying other departmental requirements such as teaching assistance

Periods of study leave and overseas fieldwork do not count toward residency. In addition, MSc (Nursing) and PhD candidates must be resident during the semester in which they submit their thesis for examination.


The following maximum candidature periods are inclusive of periods of approved study leave and leave of absence:

MSc (Nursing) 36 Months (Full Time & Part Time)
PhD 60 Months (Full Time & Part Time)