Harnessing the Confluence of Design Innovations and Technology to Medicine

In today’s world, the use of technology and the design of the built environment play an increasingly significant role in improving the way we live and our quality of life. One area where this convergence of technology and design is making a huge impact is the practice of medicine.

The SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track aims to nurture future clinicians who are adept at both practising medicine and harnessing technological advancements across disciplines to impact healthcare. With the ability to treat patients and design medical innovations, these future clinicians will have an edge in the industry, quickly becoming the new benchmark. Our partnership with Duke-NUS Medical School, the only US-styled graduate-entry medical school in Singapore, will help deliver this unique programme which aims to nurture future leaders in healthcare. You will be prepared with a background in engineering or architecture, and can look forward to a technology and design focused curriculum which pushes you to think creatively and to work across disciplines.

“The SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track presents me with a unique opportunity to see beyond the primary responsibility of a doctor. The insights to healthcare systems and medical innovation have not only equipped me with a better understanding of future healthcare challenges, but further appreciate the tremendous and exciting potential our healthcare ecosystem holds.”

Gan Yu
National Junior College alumnus
SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track student


Message from Programme Directors

"Thank you for your interest in the SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track programme. This is essentially a 7.5 years programme, where students will complete their Bachelors (Engineering or Science) at SUTD, before proceeding to Duke-NUS for their Medical Degree (MD).

Our goal is to provide students with a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, undergraduate education at SUTD that empowers them with essential 21st century skills and knowledge in design thinking, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence and technological innovation.

To help you to engineer a meaningful and fulfilling medical career in the future, we have carefully crafted an undergraduate curriculum containing several differing levels of healthcare courses from all four pillars (EPD, ESD, ISTD, and ASD). What further differentiates the SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track is that we offer exciting undergraduate opportunities for you to participate in healthcare-related research (as early as Term 1), internships, Duke-NUS Pre-Medical Module (GMS1000), capstone projects and the list goes on!

Strengths of our programme include a diverse faculty from the four pillars at SUTD, who work closely with students as teachers, advisers and mentors. A particularly unique aspect of our special track is that you will be assigned to an integrated team of faculty who will be guiding you throughout your journey with us. This will include your SUTD Technology Mentor, Clinician Mentor and the Programme Director. We are committed to nurture you to become future clinician innovators who can build on your technology and design knowledge to treat patients and bring about medical innovations.

I hope that the information on this website is helpful to you as you begin the application process. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any other questions about the SUTD (Bachelor)-Duke-NUS (MD) Special Track programme.

Thank you."

Dr Bina Rai
Senior Lecturer, Science and Mathematics
Programme Director, SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track and SUTD-CGH Healthcare
Fellow, SUTD Academy


"Welcome to the SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track programme website. This website will provide more information about this unique programme that aims to produce well-rounded, versatile students with a strong foundation in design thinking, technological innovations, and an entrepreneurial spirit through their undergraduate education at SUTD. Subsequently, these students will carry those knowledge, skills and attitudes into medical school to obtain their MD at Duke-NUS, and qualify as doctors.

With a team of clinician mentors working closely with faculty from SUTD, there are ample opportunities to have immersive experience and experiential learning with regard to the myriad of dimensions and disciplines within the healthcare ecosystem. The students will have first-hand experience of the healthcare system through attachments or internships in different healthcare institutions and health technology providers and partners. They also have opportunities to participate in healthcare and health technology research and development in these authentic settings. Ultimately, the programme hopes to nurture clinician innovators who will be able to have different perspectives to current and emerging healthcare problems, and derive useful and innovative solutions to them using their experience and background in design and technology.

I hope that you will find the information on this website helpful in your application process. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other questions about the SUTD (Bachelor)-Duke-NUS (MD) Special Track programme.

I look forward to welcoming you as a student in this programme.

Thank you."

Adjunct Associate Professor Yuen Heng Wai
Programme Director, SUTD-Duke-NUS Special Track

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