GRPN Admission

Admission Requirements

MSc (Nursing):

  • Possess a current Registered Nurse licence with the Singapore Nursing Board.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years nursing experience at the point of entry into the course.
  • Bachelor's degree with Honours 1st to 2nd Class Lower; or
  • Coursework Master's degree with a CAP of 3.5 or above; or
  • Bachelor's degree and evidence of outcomes from a research project equivalent to 25% of one year's full-time study.


For direct admission to the PhD programme:

  • Possess a current Registered Nurse licence with the Singapore Nursing Board.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years nursing experience at the point of entry into the course.
  • Obtain at least a Bachelor's degree with Honours (at least 2nd Class Upper); or
  • Coursework Master's degree with a CAP of 3.5 or above.
  • Developed critical analytical and writing skills.
  • Candidates are also expected to have the ability to pursue research in their proposed field of advanced study.

Other Requirements


As the medium of instruction is English, applicants whose native tongue AND medium of university instruction is not English should submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as evidence of their proficiency in the English Language. Exemptions will be given to applicants with distinctions in the Cambridge GCE 'O' level examination English Language Paper 1119. The minimum TOEFL score required is 580/237/85 for the paper-based, computer-based and internet-based tests respectively.

For IELTS, the minimum score required is 6.

Please note that the TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. If it has been more than two years since you last took the test, you must take it again to have the scores reported.


Applicants (except NUS and NTU graduates from relevant disciplines) must also submit GRE scores to support their application. The minimum total GRE score of 320 for both the Verbal & Quantitative sections and 3.5 for the Analytical section are required.

Please note that the GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the test date.

How to Apply

Application Procedures & Deadline

Applicants are required to submit their application online via the Graduate Admission System at An application fee of S$20.00 is payable by e-payment through the Graduate Admission System.

After online submission, please print and submit a hardcopy of the online application together with the supporting documents by surface mail to reach ALCNS by the closing date.

Attention: Ms Mariati Mohd Noor
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Level 2, Clinical Research Centre, Block MD11
10 Medical Drive
Singapore 117597

Applicants are advised to read carefully the general instructions before submitting their application online.

Online application will not be considered if the hardcopy application is not received by the closing date.

Application Deadline

There is only one intake per academic year that is in August. All applications must reach the ALCNS by 15 November (of the previous year) for the following year’s intake.

Example: For August 2017 intake, applications must be received by 15 November 2016

Admission Interview

All shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview. Selection of applicants will be based upon commitment to higher degree studies, area of research interest and academic merit.

IMPORTANT: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake graduate student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission. Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies reserves the right to reject applications without giving reasons.

Tuition Fees & Others

Tuition & Miscellaneous Fees

Tuition Fees

As a guide, the annual tuition fees for the subsidized nursing graduate research programmes for academic year 2014/2015 are as follows:

Singapore Citizen S$8,110
Singapore Permanent Resident S$11,350
International Student S$27,000

Please visit the Registrar's Office website at for further details of the fees payable.

Estimated Cost of Living

Depending on individual needs and lifestyle, below is a list of estimated monthly expenses a single international student may likely incur during his or her stay in Singapore. The total estimated monthly expenses range between S$1,350 and S$2,600. These exclude non-essentials and major items such as shopping, entertainment, computers, electronic/communication devices, travel plans etc.

Item Estimated Monthly Expenses
Accommodation S$500-S$1500
Food S$400-S$600
Transportation S$150-S$200
Others (Books, stationery, daily necessities, etc) S$300

The university offers affordable housing for students on campus and off campus. More information is available at

Prospective students may use the Cost of Living Calculator at the Contact Singapore website at to help them estimate their cost of living in Singapore.

Service Obligation Scheme for International Students

International Students reading a government-subsidised programme can apply for the Service Obligation (SO) Scheme to pay reduced, subsidised tuition fees. Please refer to for more details.