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The Ophthalmology department thrives to align with NUHS tripartite mission of excellence in clinical care, research and education by developing research activities within the department, involving our eye specialists and students from various educational institutions in Singapore. This effort aims to nurture young talents in research studies, cultivating research interest among future Medical leaders, thereby gearing towards the vision of NUH – shaping medicine for the future.

The Ophthalmology Department offers research intensive graduate programme that will nurture and train leading Medical researchers and will provide industry with highly competent biomedical scientists and clinician-scientists who will spearhead and drive Singapore's Medical Biotechnology efforts.

Type of Programme

Master's and PhD Research Programme in Ophthalmology is a research-oriented programme that aims at training competent biomedical scientists and clinician-scientists.

Doctor of Philosophy

By the end of the degree program, our PhD graduates would have acquired:

  1. sufficient depth and understanding of their research field
  2. the ability to think independently and creatively
  3. the ability to identify important questions and formulate testable hypotheses
  4. after an appropriate period of further post-doctoral training, the ability to run an independent research programme
Masters by research

Our MSc graduates would have acquired:

  1. the technical competence to support a research project under minimal supervision
  2. sufficient depth and understanding of their own field of research

Students will undertake research under the supervision of highly qualified researchers, ophthalmologist and an experienced basic research scientist in NUS, Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), A*STAR for their period of candidature, at the end of which, they submit a thesis for examination by a Board of Examiners.

As a research student you can expect of the following:

  1. To work closely with our research supervisors and mentors who will help you to develop your work up to exciting research frontiers
  2. To undertake your research in a vibrant environment which provide an excellent research facilities and a track record that shows a commitment to the highest standards of research supervision
  3. There are wide-ranging opportunities for research interactions with Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) for the research undertaken

Current Postgraduates Students
Start Date Student Program Thesis Title Supervisor Co-Supervisor
2012 Merwyn Chew Ming Han PhD 'The Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Eye Disease Study (SLED) – Evaluating the impact of sleep-disordered breathing on major vascular eye diseases in Singapore' Prof Wong Tien Yin
  1. Dr Cheng Ching-Yu
  2. Dr Charumathi Sabanayagam
2012 Preeti Gupta PhD Choroidal Imaging in Asians Using Spectral Domain OCT (SPECTRALIS) with Enhanced Depth Imaging Dr Cheng Ching-Yu
  1. Prof Wong Tien Yin
  2. Dr Carol Cheung Yim Lui
2012 Elizabeth Sidhartha Masters Characterizing Iris Surface Textures and Its Correlation with Iris and Choroidal Thickness in Multi-Ethnic Singaporean Population Dr Cheng Ching-Yu
  1. Prof Aung Tin
  2. Dr Carol Cheung

Click here to view the full list of publications.

Financial Information About Research Degrees

There are a number of scholarships available for students to assist with living costs in our commitment to the pursuit of high quality research and the expansion of our Master’s and PhD Research Programme. Information about University-wide scholarships for students can be found at http://www.nus.edu.sg/admissions/graduate-studies/fees-faid-scholarships.php.


Application must be submitted on-line at http://www.nus.edu.sg/admissions/graduate-studies/

The Ophthalmology department also believes that nurturing of research interest amongst Medical undergraduates can be achieved by actively involving the students in clinical care and research activities, under guidance of our assigned eye specialists. Competency among young researches would be established, leading to their professional development and training as potential clinician-scientists/clinical investigators for the future. With this, Medical students from the Singapore Society of Ophthalmology (SSOS) and the NUS – Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, including that of the Wong Hook Boon (WHB) society are also registered for research attachment with our department. Students are also encouraged to work closely with their mentor to generate research plans.

Medical Students Research Involvement
Student Research Topic Supervisor/PI
Ignatius Chua Zhi Wei Tentatively Ishihara project Dr Chelvin Sng
Natasa Mihailovic Tentatively clinical trial management TBC
Jonathan Low Clinical/Research Elective TBC
Joanne Ng Yui Wing Clinical/Research Elective (LABORATORY) Dr Su Xinyi

Students Internship Research Projects

  • Students were to undergo research ethics education via the CITI certification program
  • Enables students to improve on interpersonal communication skill during frequent interaction with doctors and patients
Research Title PI/Study Team
Health-related Quality of Life of Glaucoma Patients in Singapore Dr Loon SC, Dr Woo JH, Prof Wong TY, A/Prof Ecosse L., Dr Vernon Yong, Prof Aung Tin, Ms Jin Jing
Cataract Surgical Treatment Decision Making Survey Prof Wong TY, Dr Peggy Chiang, Dr Zheng YF, Dr Ainur
Diabetic Retinopathy: Arresting Diabetic Retinopathy and Improving Quality of Life – A Randomized Controlled Trial in Singaporeans with Diabetic Retinopathy Prof Wong TY, A/Prof Ecosse L

Database Management and Development

Allows students to have an overview of the importance of proper database, a document that helps in keeping track and monitoring of information

  • Clinical Trial Database
  • DSRB Database
  • Finance Database

Research Processes Development and Improvement
  • Charts designing and presentation allows students to develop essential communication skills in Corporate
  • Develops students' decision-making and problem solving capability
  • Enables better comprehension of the process in clinical studies application, DSRB application and research budgeting

Grading of Retinal Images Using Computer-Assisted Program
  • Students are trained to complete and pass the reliability test for images grading
  • Allows students to gain knowledge on the differences between normal and abnormal eye, and the diagnosis of eye diseases
Research Title PI/Study Team
Quantitative Retinal Vascular Geometry and Cardiovascular Risk Factors: The Singapore Chinese Eye Study Prof Wong TY, Dr Tai ES, Dr Sabanayagam, Dr Shankar A., Prof Saw SM, Prof Chia KS, Dr Jeannette Lee, Dr Cheung Ning

Voluntary FIT Weekend Park Visits

Provide an insight on the different types of clinical studies. The weekend park visit in the below study aims to develop, implement, and evaluate a novel incentive-based family intervention to increase time spent outdoors and increase physical activity among children aged 6 to 12 years in a 1-year exploratory randomized controlled trial.

Research Title PI/Study Team
Family Incentive Trial (FIT)
An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Family-Based Intervention to increase Outdoor Time for the Prevention of Myopia and Increase Physical Activity among Singapore Youth
Prof Saw SM, A/Prof Eric AF, A/Prof Ecosse L., A/Prof Vicky BD, Dr Cheryl Ngo, Dr Inez Wong, Prof Wong TY, Dr Lee CF, Ms Mya Sandar, Ms Dharani R