MSc in Infectious Diseases, Vaccinology and Drug Discovery

The National University of Singapore (NUS), the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD), the Biozentrum of the University of Basel (UoB) and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) are jointly recruiting candidates for a research–based program on the approaches to control communicable diseases, particularly vaccinology and drug discovery.

The programme comprises 18 months of formal teaching and research work, of which students will spend the first 4 months in Basel, Switzerland, attached to the Swiss TPH and the Biozentrum, before moving to Singapore for the research work and their selected course modules.

During this time students will obtain a comprehensive insight into the basics of infectious diseases, as well as the strategies of vaccine designing and drug discovery. Lectures will complement a research project undertaken within leading laboratories at NUS and NITD.

Selected students will be offered a stipend which covers the 18 months of studies, including tuition fees, research and travel expenses. The number of stipends is limited, and students may opt for self-funding.

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine or Veterinary Medicine or a related subject (e.g. Microbiology, Immunology) with a minimum average degree of 5.0 (Swiss system).
  • Basic knowledge in Parasitology/Infection Biology of at least 4 CP.
  • Alternatively to the requirements mentioned before, the student can pass the GRE test in the area of “Quantitative Reasoning” provided the result is in the top score 35%.

As the vacancies for this program are limited to a maximum of 4, candidates will be admitted based on the selection criteria of the Admission Committee of the National University of Singapore and the Teaching Committee for Biology of the University of Basel.Upon completion of the programme, successful students will receive an MSc degree from University of Basel.

Candidates interested in pursuing a PhD degree should apply to the NUS Graduate Program. There is no closing date for the PhD track and students will be selected based on their background and interest in interdisciplinary research and availability of joint projects between NUS-NITD.