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Common Science Programme


​​Course Overview​

Want to make a difference in the world of science and healthcare, but not sure which route to take? Choose the Common Science Programme to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of work in the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors.

In your first semester, you will learn about cell biology and genetics, inorganic and physical chemistry, as well as biosafety and biosecurity practices, including hands-on workshops and interactive e-learning activities through the Diploma Exposure Programme. You will also discover your strengths, aspirations and career goals through the Career & Professional Preparation module.

At the end of this foundation semester, you will get to choose either the Biomedical Science or Pharmaceutical Science diploma.

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What You'll Learn

Year 1

  • Biosafety & Risk Management

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module provides the overview of biosafety and biosecurity principles and practices. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills for following good biosafety practices. Topics covered include risk assessment & management of biological hazards, biosafety standards, guidelines and legislations. On completion of the module students will be able to follow biosafety and biosecurity principles and practices, and to interpret biosafety standards, guidelines and legislations.

  • Career & Professional Preparation I

    ​(1 Credit Unit​)

    This first-year module gives students a foundational introduction to their three-year diploma course curriculum and how it prepares them for industry. It will help them embark on their course with the end in mind. This is achieved through guided reflection of their personal characteristics and the development of an overall game plan for their education and career goals. The module aims to deepen students’ commitment to the sector that the course prepares them for.

  • Cell Biology & Genetics

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module explores mammalian cells, tissue and organ systems. Topics include the fundamental chemicals of life, structure and function of cellular organelles, membrane trafficking, cell cycle and division, study of genes, genetic variation and heredity.

  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry

    (5 Credit Units)

    The principles of physical chemistry, inorganic compounds and their reactions are presented to provide sufficient background knowledge and understanding of chemistry required for other subjects taught in the diploma course. The module covers the structure of matter, electronic structure, stoichiometry, periodic table chemical bonding, redox reactions, thermochemistry, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and chemistry of solutions, including acids, bases and buffers and their applications.

  • Mathematics

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module provides students with a fundamental analytical knowledge of mathematics essential for the study of biomedical and pharmaceutical science. Students will learn the concepts of functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, differentiation and its applications, integration and its applications, and differential equations.​

  • 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.

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Ent​ry Requirements



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 Design & Technology
    or Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics
    or Food & Nutrition/Nutrition & Food Science
    or Physics/Engineering Science
    1 - 6

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

Applicants with colour vision deficiency may encounter difficulties meeting the course requirements and expectations.

ELR2B2-C Aggregate Type List >


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

  • Planned Intake (2022)



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