- Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Diploma in Biomedical Science (BMS) was the first of its kind and most established biomedical science program in Singapore. The course focuses on human development, genetics and diseases.
Our staff!!!. All our Biomedical Science lecturers have post-graduate qualifications in areas related to molecular biology, immunology, chemistry, proteomics, genomics and/or bioinformatics. They have many years of research experience .
The quality of our Ngee Ann Polytechnic Biomedical Science graduates can be seen in the awards that they have won. Many have won prestigious scholarships and received first class honours degrees. We also have graduates who have completed their Ph.D.s in prestigious institutions.
- Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Diploma in Biomedical Science has no bias against students who are colour blind and hearing impaired
What are the differences between the Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology, the Diploma in Biomedical Science and the Diploma in Biomedical Laboratory Technology?
The Diplomas in Molecular Biotechnology and Biomedical Science have some common modules. Students enrolled in these courses learn skills in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, proteomics, genomics and cell culture technology.
The Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology is designed to be a more broad based Diploma than the Diplomas in Biomedical Science and Biomedical Laboratory Technology. This has allowed Biotechnology graduates to enter a wider range of careers. (Click here for more information)
The Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology also provides training in the areas of Biopharmaceuticals, Entrepreneurship, Aquaculture and Agrotechnology and Plant Tissue Culture. This provides opportunities for Biotechnology graduates to enter in niche and growin areas of applied science such as biologics, marine biology, plant genetics and molecular biology and enhanced food production whilst not detracting from the graduates potential to enter careers in biomedical research.
The Diploma in Biomedical Science is a more focussed course which specifically prepares graduates for a career in Biomedical Research in areas such as cancer and human development.
Students in the Diploma in Biomedical Laboratory Laboratory Technology will focus on the application of Biomedical Science in the clinical environment. They focus on three main areas of medical laboratory science, viz. Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology and Clinical Microbiology. Graduates will typically work in diagnostic laboratories and clinical research laboratories.
What are the differences between the Diplomas in Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Science?
Biomedical Science is a laboratory based discipline. Graduates work in clinical laboratories and research and development institutes. A course in Biomedical Science focuses on the science of clinical practice; e.g. chemistry, microbiology, haematology, immunology and molecular biology.
On the other hand Biomedical Engineering, is an engineering discipline. It focuses on the design, manufacture, maintenance and operation of equipment used in clinical practice. Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Biomedical Engineering course is offered by the School of Engineering.
Do I need Biology to enrol in the Diploma in Biomedical Science?
No! In fact, this is a common misconception about Moleecular Biotechnology and Biomedical Science. Biology is only one component of these courses. Just as important is a solid background in chemistry or mathematics.The minimum entry requirements for Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology are: English (D7), pass in 2 subjects including Advanced or Elementary Mathematics and science subjects. The science subject can be combined science, eg Physics and Chemistry. Hence it is not necessary to include Biology.
Graduates are typically employed in clinical and research laboratories. Graduates from this diploma are in high demand and typically all students find employment before graduation.
The starting salary for Diploma in Biomedical Science graduates typically ranges from $1,400 - 1,700 per month.
Will I get involved in research and development during my Diploma studies?
Most definitely. The school has a very active Research and Development program. In fact, it believes that R&D should be at the heart of any
course and that its graduates should have the skills, independence and creativity to undertake R&D activities. The school has a large number of R&D projects. With
ver $5 million of funding, school has been able to purchase state of the art equipment and students get to use these pieces of equipment during their course and their research projects.
In the final year of their studies, students undertake an intensive R&D project. As part of this project, they also attend lectures and tutorials on project management, literature and information gathering and management,
and the statistical design of experiments.
Can I study medicine once I finish my diploma?
Yes. Diploma graduates with exceptional grades can enter and have been accepted into medical degree programmes in Singapore and overseas either as a graduate or undergraduate student. However you should check with the appropriate bodies before choosing to undertake a medical degree.
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Can I study veterinary science once I finish my diploma?
The National University of Singapore does not offer a degree in Veterinary Science. You may however apply to universities overseas to enter their degree in Vet Science. Graduates have been offered places in Veterinary Science degree programmes in the Australia.