Common Science Programme (N15)

Why CSP?

  • Gateway to 2 reputable diplomas – Biomedical Science & Pharmaceutical Science 
  • Gain industry-relevant skills to explore a career in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical field
  • Through exciting experiential learning activities and industry exposure opportunities, our unique Diploma Exposure Programme will help you make an informed course choice at the end of the first semester

About CSP

Want to make a difference in the world of science and healthcare, but not sure which route to take? Choose our Common Science Programme (CSP) to gain a deeper understanding of the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors in the first semester.

Through curated experiences comprising foundation modules and industry exposure, you will discover your interest and the exciting career possibilities in these sectors. This will help you make an informed decision on which diploma suits you better.

In your first semester, you will take foundational modules in cell biology and genetics, inorganic and physical chemistry, as well as biosafety and biosecurity practices. In addition, you will also earn the bizSAFE level 2 certification in essential workplace safety. You can also look forward to gaining more hands-on experiences through workshops and interactive e-learning activities in the Diploma Exposure Programme.

In addition, our Career & Professional Preparation module will help you discover your strengths, aspirations and career goals. At the end of this foundation semester, you will get to choose either the Biomedical Science or Pharmaceutical Science diploma – both of which will open doors to rewarding career pathways for you!

Overview of Your CSP Journey

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Further Studies

Click here to view the Further Studies options for BMS.

Click here to view the Further Studies options for PHARM.


Click here to view the Career Options for BMS.

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Entry Requirements


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
Any one of following subjects:

Food & Nutrition / Nutrition & Food Science
Science (Chemistry, Biology)
Science (Physics, Biology)
Science (Physics, Chemistry) 

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-C Aggregate Type listed here (  33KB).

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

What You Will Learn

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)