Educational Quality Assurance at LKCMedicine
Educational Quality Assurance at LKCMedicine

The Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme of the Lee Kong Chian  School  of  Medicine  (LKCMedicine)  is  jointly  conferred  by  Nanyang  Technological University (NTU) and Imperial College London (Imperial). Both institutions are fully committed to ensuring that the school operates with the highest quality standards of education to maintain the outstanding academic reputation of both partners.

It was agreed in the collaboration agreement that the quality of the programme would be monitored throughout the duration of the operating period (and any wind-down period) using the quality management mechanisms agreed for LKCMedicine during the development period. The course falls under the regulations of the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), and also has to conform to any local quality assurance requirements imposed by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) or the Higher Education Quality Assurance Section of the Higher Education Division, Ministry of Education (MOE), in Singapore. Imperial and NTU have worked together to develop a set of quality assurance and management procedures for LKCMedicine, which fulfil all Imperial and NTU quality assurance requirements.  These procedures include processes for approval of curriculum changes, for receiving and responding to student feedback, standard annual monitoring and external examiner regulations, as well as provision for periodic reviews during the fourth year of operation and the seventh year of operation (the second year of qualified practice for students from the first cohort), and a programme evaluation in the ninth year of operation (five years after the first periodic review).

While the programme is not accredited by the UK General Medical Council (GMC), and so is not considered a Primary Medical Qualification in the UK, it is recognised by the SMC.  LKCMedicine is included on the SMC’s First Schedule of the Medical Registration Act, and graduates will be eligible to apply for provisional or, on completion of their housemanship or first year of speciality training, full registration with the SMC.

Key principles

  • The standard of the MBBS awarded by Imperial and NTU is of the same high standard as that awarded by Imperial in London
  • Policies and Procedures developed for LKCMedicine meet the regulatory requirements of both NTU and Imperial
  • NTU and Imperial have ultimate responsibility for the academic standards of the award
  • The programme must meet the current and any future relevant quality assurance requirements for higher education in Singapore
  • The programme must meet the current and any future relevant UK QAA requirements