Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (N60)

Why BME?

  • The first and only poly diploma that bridges engineering with life sciences that trains clinical engineering professionals 
  • Opportunity to work on the design and development of emerging enablers such as medical wearables, healthcare AI or smart assistive technology
  • The only diploma that trains clinical engineering professionals
  • Gain real-world experience through curated internships and industry projects with established healthcare institutions and medtech companies

About BME

Fascinated by how engineering and biology can benefit society? Or are you interested in helping medical professionals do their work better? If you’re passionate about the medical technology (MedTech) field, then the Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (BME) is perfect for you. This fast-growing field is responsible for the design of sophisticated medical equipment such as diagnostic and therapeutic machines, as well as lifesaving devices like the pacemaker and dialysis machine.

The first diploma of its kind in Singapore, BME is jointly developed by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Engineering and industry partners. Besides learning how to develop medical equipment, BME also gives you a firm grounding in research that could lead to the discovery of faster and more accurate tools for medical treatment.

In your first year, you will acquire a strong foundation in engineering in topics covering programming, electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. 

In your second year, you will study cell and molecular biology alongside medical instrumentation and clinical engineering. You will also be equipped with electronic design and prototyping skills.

In your final year, you will focus on areas such as healthcare informatics, as well as understanding the design and function of various types of medical equipment. You will also learn to design and develop technical projects.

Highlights

Mozzie Traps Made Smarter


Gravitrap Gravitrap Team

Biomedical Engineering students Emmalyn Kwok (left) and Nur Ariesha Bte Azhar have devised a hassle-free way to maintain Gravitraps, which is used by the National Environment Agency to lure Aedes mosquitoes to lay eggs in a hay infusion solution and snare them on their sticky inner linings. They developed a Smart Gravitrap Monitoring System which transforms the Gravitrap into a smart Internet of Things device which can send email notifications to alert users when the solution is running low or when something is trapped in the sticky inner lining. The system won a gold award in the polytechnic and junior college category in the Biomedical Engineering Society 14th Scientific Meeting Design Challenge.

Further Studies

As a BME graduate, you can pursue degree programmes offered by Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, as well as Singapore Institute of Technology. You can also gain credit exemptions from overseas universities, including the following:

Australia

  • University of New South Wales
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) /Master of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Queensland University of Technology
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Medical)
  • University of Queensland
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering)
  • University of Sydney
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Biomedical)

United Kingdom

  • University of Sheffield
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Cardiff University
    • Bachelor of Engineering/Master of Engineering (Medical Engineering)
Wong Zheng Hui

Wong Zheng Hui
Biomedical Engineering graduate, Class of 2022

A recipient of the SUTD Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, Zheng Hui is pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering at SUTD. 

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Tey Ming Chuan 
Biomedical Engineering graduate, Class of 2018

Currently pursuing his degree in Biomedical Engineering at NUS under the Engineering Scholars Programme

Careers

With Singapore fast becoming a global hub for biomedical research and the healthcare industry, you will have bright job prospects in this field. You can look forward to pursuing careers in these job roles:

  • Assistant Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Engineer

As part of the SkillsFuture initiative, you can enrol in various skills-deepening programmes or apply for the SkillsFuture Work-Study Post-Diploma Programme, upon graduation. You may also apply for Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) courses, such as the Specialist Diploma in Workplace Safety & Health.

Peggy Yeo Pei Qi

Peggy Yeo 
Biomedical Engineering graduate, Class of 2016

Peggy graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) from NUS and is a clinical application and regulatory specialist at Healthstats International Pte Ltd.

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Kenneth Teo
Biomedical Engineering graduate, Class of 2010

Kenneth is currently a development manager at ObvioHealth, a virtual research organisation that focuses on health innovation.


Entry Requirements

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-C

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject'O' Level Grade
English Language1-7
Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)1-6
Science 
(with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component)
or Biotechnology
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 listed here (  33KB). This subject will be used for ELR2B2-C aggregate computation.

For students with other qualifications, please refer to the NP website for the entry requirements and admissions exercise period.

Candidates with severe vision deficiency, profound hearing deficiency, uncontrolled epilepsy and/or severe physical impairments, should not apply for the course. Those with colour vision deficiency may be considered, subject to an in-house test.

What You Will Learn

Electrical Engineering Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)
This module provides a foundation in electricity covering basic concepts of electrical circuits and the methods used to analyse them. The module emphasises the understanding of the basic electrical circuit laws (Ohm’s Law, Kirchhoff’s Voltage and Current Laws) and network theorems, and their application to electrical network analysis. Topics covered include fundamentals of electricity, network theorems, capacitance, electromagnetic induction and inductance.

Engineering Mathematics 1 (4 Credit Units)
This module is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in mathematics required to solve basic engineering problems. Topics are introduced in an order that is intended to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on simple applications and problem solving. Topics include algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, plane analytic geometry, matrices and complex numbers. Throughout the module, there is appropriate use of a Computer Algebra System.

Integrated Real-world Project 1 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and further enhanced through relevant contextualization. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects. Data analytics will be introduced using case-based approach and applied in the integrated real-world project.

Career & Professional Preparation 1 will be incorporated to give students a foundational introduction to their three-year diploma course curriculum and how it prepares them for industry. It will help them to embark on their three-year course with the end in mind, through guided reflection of their personal characteristics, and producing an overall game plan for their future education and career goals.

Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)
This module introduces students to the study of external forces in two dimensions and their effect on particles and rigid bodies that are at rest. Students learn the skills to analyse the forces acting on the bodies by drawing free-body diagrams and applying the conditions of equilibrium. Topics include forces and resultants, moments and couples, equilibrium and the concepts of plane friction. This module also aims to equip students with the skills to analyse problems of rigid bodies in motion. Only linear motion in two dimensions will be covered. Topics include kinematics and kinetics of linear motion.

Programming (3 Credit Units)
This practice-oriented module equips students with basic knowledge and skills in computer programming using a suitable high-level language. The main topics include basic computer programming concepts and fundamental programming constructs such as sequences, selection and repetition.

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.

AC Circuits (3 Credit Units)
This module provides students with basic knowledge of the fundamental principles in electric circuit analysis. The module extends DC network theorems to AC circuits which involve impedances such as capacitance and inductance. The module also includes analysis of simple AC series, parallel and series-parallel combination circuits, concept of AC power and understanding of power factor and its effect on electrical energy usage.

Analogue Electronics (3 Credit Units)
The aim of this module is to lay the foundations in analogue electronics. At the end of this module, students will acquire content knowledge and understanding on the basic concepts of analogue electronics and some applications.

Key topics covered in this module include operating characteristics, working principles and applications of discrete electronic devices such as various types of diodes, MOSFETs and BJTs. Practical circuits will be used to enhance and strengthen the learners’ knowledge so that they will acquire the relevant competencies to move on to more specialized modules.

Digital Fundamentals (3 Credit Units)
This module introduces the basic concepts of digital systems. It covers the basics of combinational and sequential logic circuits. Flip-flops and their application in counters and registers will also be discussed. This basic knowledge is essential for students to be able to understand, analyse, and design basic digital circuit system.

Engineering Mathematics 2 (4 Credit Units)
This module is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills in mathematics required to solve basic engineering problems. Topics are introduced in an order that is intended to keep abreast of the application requirements in engineering modules. The emphasis in each topic is on simple applications and problem solving. Throughout the module, there is appropriate use of a Computer Algebra System. Topics include trigonometry, differentiation and simple integration with applications.

Integrated Real-world Project 2 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-worlThis module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to a real-world project and understand the relevance and application of the modules learnt. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply the skills and develop confidence in tackling projects at the higher levels. This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and society. It serves to create awareness amongst students about the impact of engineering on society in general. In the process it introduces the application of cultural quotient (CQ) skills and mould students’ disposition to understand and collaborate across diverse cultures in real world settings.

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.

Embedded System (5 Credit Units)
This module aims to equip students with a fundamental in microcontroller and embedded system. Students will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge through a series of practical projects and real-world applications. Students will be able to implement a microcontroller-based system and interfacing with various input/output components as well as sensors.

Integrated Real-world Project 3 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt during the semester, deepen the skills in the previous semester and to lay the foundation for future modules by applying them to projects involving medical electronics. Students will work together to deepen the knowledge relating to prototyping sub-circuits using computer-aided design tools and also will be working individually to undertake the project development in various areas of medical electronics such as amplification and detection of electrocardiogram, heart sounds and optical heart rate detection. On completion of the module, students will be able to apply these skills and develop confidence for tackling projects in medical electronics at higher levels.

The Career and Professional Preparation 2 will be incorporated to equip students with skills necessary to seek and secure work. They will also be equipped to communicate their personal brand in a positive way. As students sharpen their communication skills, they will also learn how to market themselves effectively.

Medical Electronics (5 Credit Units)
This module intends to presents an understanding of electronic instrumentation and measurements with a focus on physiological signals. Troubleshooting, testing and construction of circuits will be part of the student’s key learning and performance task in this module.

Physiological Systems (4 Credit Units)
This module provides the fundamental understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, which is an essential foundation to bridge science and engineering. The cardiovascular, neurological and respiratory systems are emphasized in this module while other systems in the human physiology are covered briefly.

Cell and Molecular Biology (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to introduce cell and molecular biology concepts. It equips students with an understanding of eukaryotic cell biology, including fundamental chemicals necessary for life, structure and function of cells and organelles, cellular transport mechanisms, cell divisions, deoxyribonucleic acid replication, protein synthesis, genetics, principles of inheritance, cell-to-cell interactions and cell development.

Clinical Engineering (5 Credit Units)
This module introduces the roles and functions of a biomedical engineering department in a healthcare establishment. It covers the regulatory and safety aspects of a hospital or clinical environment. Students will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to perform electrical safety testing, preventive maintenance and calibration on medical equipment. Basic analytical skills on healthcare data will also be taught.

Medical Instrumentation (5 Credit Units)
This module introduces students to a broad range of biomedical equipment and prepares them to understand and work with common hospital-based equipment that can be diagnostic, therapeutic or clinical monitoring in nature. Students will be taught the principles, functions, features and limitations of these equipment. This will help them better understand and perform the required maintenance, testing and calibrations of these equipment.

Integrated Real-world Project 4 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to facilitate students with practical image and signal processing knowledge relevant to medical and healthcare equipment. Through the module, students will be able to integrate the learning from this and other modules and apply image and signal processing skills in medical or laboratory settings. Through practice and research, students will also learn how to incorporate artificial intelligence to enhance the quality of care delivered in the healthcare industry.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and safety. The module will also imbue in students’ a safety-oriented mindset and develop students’ workplace safety and health (WSH) competencies and raise their safety awareness of self and their surroundings.

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.

Biomechanics & Biomaterials (4 Credit Units)
This module equips students to apply mechanical engineering principles to perform simple force analysis of the musculoskeletal system. It also provides an appreciation of the kinematics and kinetics of human motion. Rehabilitation engineering, including causation, orthopaedic and prosthetic interventions will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of biological materials, biomaterials, implants and tissue engineering. This module complements the students’ training in electronics and electrical engineering.

Healthcare Informatics (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to introduce students the different aspects of Information technology as applied in the healthcare environment such as hospitals. Modern hospital systems have been integrated and connected to provide effective and efficient treatment. The involvement of information technology in healthcare is constantly of increased importance. Students will acquire knowledge on the acquisition, use, and storage of health information, electronic health records, clinical data workflow and processes, network infrastructures, and patient data privacy and security. Students will develop configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting skills for managing health information systems through laboratory sessions and activities.

Integrated Real-world Project 5 (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to integrate the knowledge learnt in the semester and apply to project work. Students will work in teams and undertake the project development underpinned by the design thinking approach. On completion of the module, students will be able to develop ergonomic project work related to the wireless connectivity of medical devices in a healthcare environment.

This module will also imbue in students a sense of civic consciousness in the context of engineering and sustainability. It will develop students’ competencies in sustainable development, raise their awareness of sustainability in the context of society and the environment, and appreciate the impact engineering solutions may have on the environment.

Internet of Things (4 Credit Units)
This module aims to equip students with a basic fundamental in the Internet of Things (IoT). Students will learn the system architecture of a typical IoT system with a good understanding of functionalities of its building blocks. They will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge through a series of practical exercises. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to implement a simple IoT system prototype with off-the-shelf equipment, platforms or services.

Project ID: Connecting the Dots^ (4 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.

6-Month Internship (Local/Overseas) (20 Credit Units)
The six-month internship will provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to work situations, and demonstrate problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills in a work environment.

The programme enables students to hone their ability to work independently and in teams, while they take on one or more practical projects under the supervision of industry practitioners. The objective is to develop a professional approach to work based on the relevant code of practice.