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Diploma in

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

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​​Course Overview​

A broad-based course that integrates biological and chemical sciences with engineering concepts, the Diploma in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) will open doors to a variety of careers. Learn how to apply principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics and biology to develop valuable products in an efficient and sustainable way.​

In your first year, you will be equipped with a solid foundation for chemical engineering, with modules such as chemistry, physics and mathematics. You will also be introduced to how the basic concepts in science are used in engineering through the Introduction to Engineering Principles module.

In your second year, you will explore the application of scientific concepts in the operation of common engineering systems and equipment. These include an in-depth study of biopharmaceutical technology, chemical engineering transfer technologies, analytical chemistry, environment, health and safety.

In your final year, you will deepen your chemical engineering knowledge and acquire insights into the operations of integrated operating facilities through modules such as Sustainable ​Industry Processes, Separation Technology, as well as Process and Automation Laboratory.

You will also get to explore a virtual chemical plant and use computer simulations to hone your communication and troubleshooting skills. In addition, you can put your learning into practice in a six-month internship. You can opt for either an Industry Internship with companies such as Chevron Oronite, ExxonMobil, Shell Petrochemicals and GlaxoSmithKline, or a Research Internship in a local or overseas research facility.​



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What You'll Learn

Year 1

  • Career & Professional Preparation 1

    (1 Credit Units)

    This module is part of the Education and Career Guidance framework to provide students with the tools and resources necessary for their career and/or further education. In this first module, students will undergo personal discovery and exploration of industry and career prospects. Students will learn how to plan and set achievable goals in preparation for their future. Students will also learn the importance of passion and professionalism, along with basic teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Data Analytics and Engineering Drawing

    (3 Credit Units)

    The module provides an introduction to basic data analytics which includes data processing as well as data visualisation. Students will be trained in identifying the proper form of data representation in technical communication. In addition, the module also provides hands-on practice of AutoCAD in engineering drafting to allow students to appreciate the use of computer software in the engineering field.

  • Engineering Mathematics 1

    (6 Credit Units)

    The module provides students with an adequate foundation of Engineering Mathematics that will enable them to acquire specialist mathematical skills for their careers and/or further studies. Students will also use a mathematical software package to solve mathematical problems.

  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module covers the principles of physical chemistry as well as the reactions and properties of inorganic compounds. Students will study the structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical calculations, electrochemistry and redox reaction, chemical equilibria, ionic equilibria, chemical kinetics, thermochemistry, transition metal chemistry and chemistry of solutions, including acids and bases.

  • Introduction to Engineering Principles

    (3 Credit Units)

    The module introduces students to basic chemical engineering concepts and applications, for example, units and dimensions, material balance calculations, reaction stoichiometry, reaction engineering, and fluid mechanics. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to undertake basic chemical engineering calculations.

  • English Language Express*

    (Credit Units - NA)

    English Language Express aims to give you a better grounding in the English Language and to strengthen the written and oral communications skills that you will need in your academic and professional careers. You will be engaged in writing, reading, listening and speaking activities that will develop your ability to speak and write grammatically, coherently and clearly. You will also hone your reading and listening comprehension skills.

  • Innovation Made Possible^

    (3 Credit Units)
* This module is only offered to students who are weaker in the English Language.

^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.


For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
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  • Engineering Mathematics 2

    (6 Credit Units)

    A continuation of the Engineering Mathematics I module, this module provides students with an adequate foundation of Engineering Mathematics that will enable them to acquire specialist mathematical skills for their careers and/or further studies. Emphasis is placed on their applications in solving engineering related problems. Students will also use a mathematical software package to solve mathematical problems.

  • Organic & Biological Chemistry

    (5 Credit Units)

    This practical-oriented module is designed to give students an introduction to organic and biological chemistry. Students will be introduced to the chemistry of hydrocarbons, alcohols, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives. The structure, function and chemical reactions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes and coenzymes are also covered.

  • Thermodynamics

    (5 Credit Units)

    In this module, students will study the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Topics include the first and second laws of thermodynamics, properties of liquids and vapours, non-flow processes and steady flow processes with steam and perfect gases. The concepts of pressure, pressure head, and pressure measurement will also be discussed.

  • Communication Essentials^

    (3 Credit Units)
  • Health & Wellness^

    (1 Credit Unit)
^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
Click Here >

Year 2

  • Analytical Chemistry

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module teaches students some common separation and characterisation instruments and instrumental techniques used in the laboratory and provides hands-on learning opportunities. These techniques include UV-visible spectrophotometry (UV-Vis), gas liquid chromatography (GLC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS).

  • Biopharmaceutical Production

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module provides a practical foundation of biological sciences in the context of industrial biotechnology. It further provides students with a working knowledge of important aspects in the upstream and downstream manufacturing processes of biologics products. These include microbial and animal cell culture, bioreactor technology, cell harvesting, purification and fill and finish processes.

  • Career & Professional Preparation 2

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module is part of the Education and Career Guidance framework to provide students with the tools and resources necessary for their further career and/or education. In this module, students will explore basic job search strategies, practice writing effective resumes and cover letters, and learn interview skills. Students will also learn professional and intercultural communication skills to prepare them for a dynamic and diverse workplace.

  • Reaction & Flow Laboratory

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module provides students with the opportunity to operate common chemical engineering equipment used in reaction engineering and fluid flow. These include the use of batch and continuous reactors, pumps, compressor, and friction measurement. Students will also practice the process of experiment designs and project management through a lab-based learning approach.

  • Reaction Engineering

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module focuses on reactor design principles. Topics include reactor kinetics, analysis of batch reactors, continuous stirred tank reactors and plug flow reactors. It also covers topics in material balance calculations as well as aspects of the design, construction and operation of chemical and biological reactors. Examples from the petrochemical, chemical, environmental and biotechnology industries are used to reinforce lecture materials.

  • Transfer Processes: Fluid Flow

    (3 Credit Units)

    In this module, students are introduced to fluid dynamics. Topics include energies of liquids in motion, flow in pipes, general principles of pumps and system characteristics compressors, and flow measurement.

  • Analysis of Chemical Engineering Processes

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module aims to provide fundamental principles of process flow diagram analysis, including both material and energy balances for single and multiple process units. Students will also acquire familiarity with data-sources, charts, handbooks and/or literature used in process flow diagram analysis.

  • Environment, Health & Safety

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module covers the role of the chemical engineer in solving and preventing environmental problems especially in the areas of air and water pollution. Students will explore common methods and processes that help to reduce or control pollution in the chemical industry. In addition, this module provides students sufficient knowledge of occupational, health and safety knowledge and practices in the workplace, including the statutory requirements for good and safe work practices.

  • Process Technology Operations

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module introduces practical aspects of controls, sensors, and instrumentation. It aims to equip students with a basic knowledge of how automated control systems are implemented in process control plants. Fundamental concepts of Process Quality Control as well as digital monitoring and simulation are also covered in the context of an integrated chemical system.

  • Transfer Process & Environmental Laboratory

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module aims to complement students’ understanding of chemical engineering equipment in the field of heat and mass transfer, and environmental technology through the completion of relevant experiments. Students will also practice the process of experiment designs and project management through a lab-based learning approach in water analysis.

  • Transfer Processes: Heat & Mass

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module explores the mechanisms of heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation), and introduces the importance of heat exchangers in chemical engineering processes. The fundamentals of mass transfer are also covered, giving a deeper understanding of key chemical engineering processes such as evaporation and condensation, distillation, and other extraction and separation techniques.

  • World Issues: A Singapore Perspective^

    (2 Credit Units)
^ Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) modules account for 13 credit units of the diploma curriculum. They include modules in communication, innovation and world issues, as well as an interdisciplinary project. By bringing students from diverse diplomas together, the interdisciplinary project fosters collaboration to explore and propose solutions for real-world problems. IS aims to develop students to be agile and self-directed learners, ready for the future workplace.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
Click Here >

Year 3

  • Industry Track

    (20 Credit Units)

    Industrial Internship

    Students will do an internship and project which gives them opportunities to apply the knowledge acquired in classrooms to real-world work situations. They will be attached to companies in various industries such as the petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, and pharma- or biopharmaceutical sectors.

  • Research Track

    (20 Credit Units)

    Research Internship

    Students will be introduced to basic research skills, which include literature review, laboratory safety, project management, and statistical analysis of laboratory data, followed by opportunities to undertake a scientific research project. The projects will be carried out in-house or at external research institutions, which include overseas institutions.


Career Options & Further Studies

The CBE course provides you with the foundation and flexibility to enter various industries, ranging from chemical, petrochemical, biochemical, biotechnology, biomedical and pharmaceutical, to food & beverage, electronics, and environment, health and safety industries. You can look forward to roles such as assistant engineer, plant safety officer and process technician.

You can pursue a wide range of degrees offered by local universities. These include degree courses in chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, material sciences, physics, chemistry and biological sciences. You may enjoy exemption when you apply for related degree programmes at overseas universities in Australia and the United Kingdom.​




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Entry Requirements

FOR STUDENTS WITH O-LEVEL EXAMINATION RESULTS

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-C

Candidates must have the following GCE 'O' Level examination (or equivalent) results.

  • English Language

    1 - 7
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

    1 - 6
  • Science

    (with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component)
    or Biotechnology
    or Combined Science
    or Computing/Computer Studies
    or Design & Technology
    or Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics
    or Engineering Science
    or Physical Science
    1 - 6

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-C Aggregate Type.

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FOR STUDENTS WITH OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Find out more on entry requirements and admissions exercise periods for qualifications such as N(A)-Level, A-Level, ITE, IP, IB and more.

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Application Information

  • Range of Net ELR2B2 for 202​2 JAE

    6 to 12​
  • Planned Intake (2022)

    75

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