This is a fast–track programme that allows deserving students to obtain the Bachelor of Computing (Computational Biology) degree from NUS and a Scientiae Magister in Computer Science – Computational Biology track from the Brown University within five years. The programme aims to educate Computer-Scientists/Computational-Biologists in the foundations and the technology of Bioinformatics in its broadest connotation. Brown University has an excellent reputation for innovative education and research, and for the tight interaction of theory and practice. Graduates involved in the programme will play a major role in developing biotechnology industries and know-how, spanning therapeutics, diagnostics, translational medicine, and fundamental research.
The programme commences in August 2009, with an expected intake of 5 to 10 students.
Students may enter the concurrent-degree programme at any point during their undergraduate study at NUS although it is preferred that they declare their interest at NUS matriculation.
Candidates applying for admission to NUS can also apply for direct admission to this programme. They will be chosen on the basis of their A-level grades (or equivalent), their interest profile in bioinformatics/computational biology, and a personal interview designed to judge their potential and suitability for the programme.
During their course of study at NUS, students in the programme must maintain a high level of performance as judged by a joint oversight committee. Students who do not meet this standard will be moved to the standard Bachelor of Computing in Computational Biology programme at NUS. Admission to the Master's degree component of the programme, granted by the Graduate School at Brown University, will be based on the student's academic performance, GRE exam scores and recommendations of the joint oversight committee.
B. In Progress Admissions
Students who have not opted for direct admission, but are admitted to SoC-NUS, may also declare their interest at NUS matriculation. Selection criteria for these students will be similar to those for direct admission.
Existing Bachelor of Computing in Computational Biology students who have demonstrated strong academic abilities may be allowed to enter the programme at any stage of their study at NUS (subject to size constraints). These students are required to meet all the requirements of the programme.
They can apply for direct admission to this programme when they submit their undergraduate admission applications to NUS via http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/. They must obtain:
H2 pass in Computing, Mathematics or Physics; OR a good pass in H1 Mathematics.
Shortlisted students for the Concurrent Programme will be required to attend an interview and submit the documents listed below. Interviews will be held in early May.
B. For candidates who have received an offer before the current admission exercise
Candidates who have been given a place in the course for Computing (Computer Science courses) and joining in August at the beginning of each Academic Year may apply separately with the School for this Concurrent Programme. Please download the form here, and complete it. The deadline for submitting your documents listed below will be announced in due time.
C. Required Documents and Instructions for Submission
The documents required are:
Students must fully satisfy the concurrent BComp in Computational Biology and the Scientiae Magister in Computer Science degree requirements before they are simultaneously conferred both degrees. Under no circumstances would a student be conferred the Brown degree before both degree requirements are fully satisfied.
Students in this concurrent programme must maintain a CAP of 4.00 or above (out of 5.00) for their BComp requirements.
Award of Degree
Students must fully satisfy the concurrent BComp in Computational Biology and the Scientiae Magister in Computer Science requirements before they are simultaneously conferred both degrees. Under no circumstances would a student be conferred the Brown degree before both degree requirements are fully satisfied.
A student whose CAP falls below 4.00 for two consecutive semesters in NUS will not be allowed to remain in the concurrent programme, but may continue with his BComp study at NUS.
Students will pay Brown tuition fees during the time they undertake instruction at Brown in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the concurrent degree. They will also provide their medical insurance coverage.
Faculty of Science students in B.Sc. (Computational Biology) programme are also eligible to apply for admission to this concurrent degree programme at any time during their study if they meet the following criteria:
Faculty of Science Computational Biology students who join this concurrent degree programme will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Computational Biology) Honours degree from NUS and a Scientiae Magister in Computer Science - Computational Biology track from the University of Brown.
The objective of establishing such a special admission criteria is to ensure that students entering the Scientiae Magister in Computer Science - Computational Biology track offered at Brown University have sufficient computer science background.
Admission application will be considered by the Joint Committee of this Concurrent programme. The Joint Committee reserves the right to adjust the special admission criteria to ensure the readiness of students in admitting to the Scientiae Magister in Computer Science - Computational Biology track.
The CDP provides excellent overseas experience at a fraction of the cost of an overseas undergraduate education and with a shorter time duration compared to doing an NUS undergraduate degree and the overseas Masters degree separately.
For Singaporean students, the tuition fee for the entire CDP is approximately S$79,000. In comparison, the tuition fees for a 4 year undergraduate degree at Brown is approximately S$195,000 and the tuition fees for a 4 year undergraduate degree followed by a Masters degree at Brown is S$248,000. The typical duration of the CDP is 5 years in comparison with the total length of 6 years for doing the undergraduate and Master degree separately.Note : The information is based on estimated cost, your actual cost may be different. Please remember that tuition fees are also subject to change
For Faculty of Science students, please send your queries to Computational Biology Programme mailbox.