Medical/Dental Undergraduate Agreement

Medical/Dental Undergraduate Agreement

Medical and dental education is highly subsidised by the Government of Singapore. All students regardless of nationality who are accepted into the medicine / dental courses in the National University of Singapore / Nanyang Technological University / Duke-NUS Medical School, are required to sign the medical/dental Tuition Grant Agreement (known as the “Agreement” henceforth) with the Government of Singapore, administered by MOH Holdings. Under the Agreement, medical and dental graduates shall serve in the local public healthcare sector for a specified number of years after graduation (known as “service obligation”).

MOH Holdings will contact and arrange with all first year NUS and NTU medical / dental students to sign the Agreements by end July, before they commence their courses. Duke-NUS medical students will be separately informed through MOHH.

Sample Copy of Agreement

Sample copies of the Agreements for students admitted to the various medical / dental courses can be downloaded here:


For Singapore Citizens

For non-Singapore Citizens

Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
AY18 NUS Medicine (SC) Agreement AY18 NUS Medicine (Non-SC) Agreement
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
AY18 NTU Medicine (SC) Agreement AY18 NTU Medicine (Non-SC) Agreement
Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore
AY18 NUS Dental (SC) Agreement AY18 NUS Dental (Non-SC) Agreement

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Qualifying Criteria for Sureties

For the signing of the Agreement, two persons are required to stand as sureties for each student. These two persons have to meet the qualifying criteria to serve as sureties.

Students may consider using a Banker's Guarantee in lieu of the 2 sureties. You will need to arrange for a Banker's Guarantee with any of the following banks in Singapore to cover the full quantum of liquidated damages:

  • United Overseas Bank
  • DBS Bank
  • Overseas Chinese Banking Corp
  • Standard Chartered Bank

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Supporting Documents to be Prepared

Before signing the Agreement, you will need to provide MOHH with information about yourself, your parents / guardians and your sureties, by completing an online Particulars Form. MOHH will contact you to submit the required information, together with the following supporting documents.

  • One copy of the sureties’ proof of financial means, and
  • One copy each of the student’s and sureties’ NRIC (or passports for International Students and foreigners).

Students and sureties must bring along the original copy of the above documents on the day you sign the Agreement.

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Failure to Sign Agreement

If you fail to sign the Agreement by the stipulated time frame, you are liable to pay full school fees (without government subsidies) for the duration of the course.

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Service Obligation

Under the Agreement, students are bound to serve in the local public healthcare sector for the specified number of years after graduation. For medical graduates, the service obligation period shall commence only after you have successfully completed the internship postgraduate year 1 (“PGY1”) and are successfully registered under SMC as practicing doctors. The table below shows the service obligation period for the different courses.

  Length of Course Singapore Citizen Singapore Permanent Resident International Students
(Non-Singapore Citizens)
Medical Course at NUS and NTU 5 years 5 years 6 years 6 years
Medical Course at Duke-NUS 4 years 4 years 5 years 5 years
Dental Course at NUS 4 years 4 years 5 years 5 years

If the Agreement is terminated prematurely either during your Course or before you complete your service obligation period, you will be liable for liquidated damages (“LD”) payable in accordance with the terms of the Agreement.

The amount of liquidated damages shall be computed based on the total amount of subsidy granted and disbursed to the Student together with compound interest thereon at 10% per annum compounded at the end of each academic year, up to the year of completion or termination of the course, with no pro-ration irrespective of the date in which the Agreement is terminated. The final sum to be recovered will be reduced proportionately based on the number of complete months served from the corresponding bond period.

Students should familiarise themselves with the terms and conditions before they sign the Agreement.

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FAQs on Medical Agreement

The FAQs on the Medical / Dental Agreements can be found here.

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