​​Double Degree Programme in Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine


The innovative “East Meets West” bilingual program trains students in biomedical science research and the principles and practice of Chinese Medicine. Students will spend the first 3 years of study at NTU School of Biological Sciences and the last 2 years at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM). Upon graduation, students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Honours) and a Bachelor of Medicine (Chinese Medicine).


  • Educate a new generation of well informed Chinese Medicine Physicians.
  • Promote modernized Chinese Medicine with the knowledge of Biomedical Sciences.
  • Research and Development in the field of Life Sciences.

The double degree programme

This bilingual programme is a collaboration between NTU and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) which started in the year 2005. This innovative “East Meets West” programme trains students in 21st century Biomedical Sciences and the principles and practice of Chinese Medicine (CM). The key features are:

Year 1 to Year 3 at NTU
•Biomedical courses (taught in English)
•Basic and clinical CM subjects (taught in Chinese)

Year 4 to Year 5 in China, Beijing

•CM clinical trainings
•Advanced CM principles
•Hospital postings

*Subject to meeting Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement


Entry requirement

‘O’ level (or equivalent) pass in Chinese is required.

For A Level certificate holders:
General NTU entry requirements with at least H1 pass in Mathematics AND H2 pass in Physics OR Chemistry OR Biology

For Local Polytechnic diploma holders:
Please visit the following link for a complete list of eligible diplomas:

***Double Degree in Biomedical Sciences and Chinese Medicine is not open to students with citizenship from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan (including Singapore Permanent Residents)

Graduate opportunities

Master of Science (M.Sc.) by research: 1 – 3 years
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) by research: 3 – 5 years

With research topics aimed to stimulate thinking and courses designed to infuse a broader understanding of current questions in Life Sciences, graduate students are groomed to be versatile, creative and highly qualified to handle the challenges within academia and the biomedical and TCM industries.

For more information on entry requirements, research topics, scholarship opportunities, etc, please visit


Careers Option

  • Chinese Medicine practitioner (subject to passing the relevant licensing examination)
  • Biomedical and Healthcare – clinical researchers, healthcare support staff, diagnostics
  • Research & Development – research institutes, Multinational pharmaceutical companies, Universities, clinical research, product development
  • Management and administration in Life Science/TCM-related ventures, financial institutions, statutory boards, investment companies
  • Education – teachers, instructors, lecturers from primary to tertiary level
  • Life Sciences/Chinese Medicine support professions – sales engineers, marketing executives, product specialists
  • Media & publishing – scientific journalism, public education/awareness
  • Law(paralegal) – handling patent and intellectual property law related to scientific discoveries


Course structure

Year 1​​
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Introductory Bi​ology Microbiology Immunology Internal Medicine in TCM Internal Medicine in TCM
Organic Chemistry Molecular & Cell
Biology II
Selected Literature in TCM Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Biology & Society Physiology Plant Biology Basics of Diagnostics Gynaecology in TCM
Principles of Genetics Pathology Final Year Project Modern Internal Medicine External Medicine in TCM
Molecular & Cell
Biology I
TCM Diagnostics Treatise on Exogenous Febrile Diseases Gynaecology in TCM Paediatrics in TCM
Biochemistry I Chinese Materia
Synopsis of Golden Chamber External Medicine in TCM Dermatology in TCM
Bioinformatics & Statistics TCM Formulary Seasonal Febrile Diseases Paediatrics in TCM TCM Tui-Na
Mastering Communication Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine Acupuncture & Moxibustion Dermatology in TCM
Anatomy TCM Internship I TCM Internship II TCM Tui-Na
TCM in Ancient Chinese TCM Internship III Orthopaedics, Traumatology in TCM
Basics of TCM Ophthalmology in TCM
Otolaryngology in TCM

*Yellow – Biomedical Science Modules
* Non-Highlighted – Traditional Chinese Medicine Modules


alumni testimonies

“The Double Degree Program offering Biomedical Sciences and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was a unique experience for my undergraduate journey. The program had provided a seamlessly integrated mix of West and East: while the core concepts of modern biomedical sciences were cemented during the first 3 years of the program.”
-Huang You Yi (Class of 2010) Duke-NUS MD program student Duke-NUS Medical School

“As a research student, bedside training in TCM has not only given me confidence to work directly with patients, but also imprinted the attitude in us that we can never stop learning, from our predecessors, or from our patients.”
-Ong Yi Ting (Class of 2010) PhD student NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering

“The knowledge of biology and modern medicine allows me to explore the ancient medicine wisdom both in microscopic and macroscopic perspective. Not only that I could provide them suitable TCM therapeutic treatment, but to advise patients on the better management plans for their conditions. The role of TCM in complementing modern medicine as well as in preventive medicine is growing and I am grateful that this course had braced myself for the future healthcare scene in Singapore.”
-Ang Xiang Ling (Class of 2012) Resident Physician of Eu Yan Sang Integrative Health Pte Ltd

“This double degree program has introduced me to a career which has a long history and deep cultural root, yet at the same time provide a new and exciting development aspect ahead. Taught with modern bio-science knowledge and the wisdom of our ancestors, it enables me to achieve higher ground in my career as a TCM physician and hopefully as the bridge that brings western and TCM medicine together in future.”
-Khor Tze Hsin (Class of 2012) Chinese Medicine Physician of Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution

For more information regarding the course, please visit​​​


 Image Viewer