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Diploma in

Biomedical Science

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​​Course Overview​

Fascinated by the structure of living organisms and how the human body functions? Or interested in making the next big breakthrough in diagnosing, treating or preventing diseases like COVID-19? With the rising quality of health care, our reputable Diploma in Biomedical Science (BMS) will give you a head start if you are keen on a dynamic career in the biotechnology sector or medical field, including allied healthcare.

Known for its rigorous and broad-based curriculum, BMS will prepare you well for both further studies and work.

In your first year, you will take modules that will give you a firm foundation in bioscience and chemistry. In your second year, you will develop research and problem-solving skills that are highly valued by the industry. You will acquire knowledge and skills in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, cell culture & bioprocess engineering, and immunological techniques. Elective modules in biomanufacturing and food science & technology will also broaden your career opportunities.

In your third year, you will deepen your skills in Genomics, Proteomics and Translational Medicine & Clinical Trials, and apply your knowledge in conducting translation research.

You will also work on your capstone project and undertake a six-month internship with local or overseas research institutes such as A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB); biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical companies such as Lonza, Procter and Gamble, and Thermo Fisher Scientific; and healthcare institutes like Singhealth (National Cancer Centre Singapore).​



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What You'll Learn

Year 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module equips students with an understanding of the basic principles of homeostatic mechanisms and the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, neuromuscular, endocrine and reproductive physiological systems that exist in the human body. It also covers basic skeletal system and anatomy.

  • 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.

  • Cell Biology & Genetics

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module exposes students to key themes and experimental techniques in eukaryotic cell biology and genetics. It covers cell structure and function of cellular organelles, regulations of cell cycle and cell division, study of genes, genetic variation and heredity. Fundamentals of molecular biology such as the structure of DNA, DNA replication, transcription and protein synthesis will also be outlined.

  • Inorganic & Physical Chemistry

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module covers the structure of matter, chemical bonding, orbital hybridisation, thermochemistry, chemical equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry and redox reactions, transition metal chemistry, chemistry of solutions, including acids, bases and buffers.

  • Mathematics

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module provides students with a fundamental analytical knowledge of mathematics essential for the study of life sciences. The module is designed to equip students with the necessary mathematical techniques to solve biological and chemical problems, as well as to carry out analytical studies in their future work. Topics include exponential and logarithmic functions, integration, differentiation and differential equations.

  • 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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  • Biosafety & Risk Management

    (2 Credit Units)

    This module is designed based on the curriculum of the WSQ “Follow Good Biosafety Practices” course. This module aims to equip students with essential knowledge and skills for safe handling of chemicals and biological agents as well as fundamentals of decontamination and waste management. Topics such as follow biosafety and biosecurity principles and practices, risk assessment and mitigation, national and international biosafety guidelines and legislation, and emergency response programme will also be covered.

  • Biostatistics

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module is designed to provide students with basic statistical skills to analyse and interpret simple biological, pre- clinical and clinical data. The basic statistical skills covered are descriptive statistics, data distribution, set sample size, measurement of central tendency, scatter diagram, cluster analysis, and simple linear correlation and regression analysis for linear data. Students will learn about the presentation of data in graphical forms using Microsoft Excel, including selection and preparation of different types of graphs, how to write titles and legends, and interpretation of results and draw conclusions.

  • Microbiology

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces a basic understanding of microorganisms and techniques in microbiology. Topics include cell structure and function, classification, viruses and fungi, nutrition, growth and regulation, environmental factors affecting growth, microscopy, staining, size measurement, cell enumeration, media preparation, isolation and cultivation of pure cultures.

  • Organic Chemistry

    (4 Credit Units)

    In this module, students are introduced to the main classes of organic compounds e.g. alcohols, aromatic and carbonyl compounds. The properties and chemical reactivity of these compounds will be discussed especially in their application to the chemistry of life sciences. In addition, some basic organic reaction mechanisms e.g. nucleophilic substitutions (SN2 and SN1 mechanisms) will be covered.

  • 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

  • Applied Microbiology

    (5 Credit Units)

    This is an advanced module in microbiology for second year students and is a continuation of the basic microbiology module. This module focuses on the importance of microorganisms as contaminating agents in the production of foods and pharmaceuticals. It focuses on the techniques and methodologies involved in the analyses and prevention of microbiological contamination. This module also provides a foundation in medical, food, environmental and industrial microbiology as well as skills and knowledge in Good Manufacturing Practices, food hygiene auditing and in the preparation of a HACCP plan.

  • Biochemistry

    (4 Credit Units)

    This module introduces fundamental biochemical concepts and practices. The subject integrates biological and chemical concepts as they relate to biochemistry and biochemical disorders. The module prepares students to work in biochemical industries and research institutions, and covers three major areas of protein chemistry, enzymology and metabolism.

  • 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, practise 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.

  • Molecular Biology & Bioinformatics

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module covers advanced topics in molecular biology. Topics include regulation of gene expression, gene mutation and DNA repair mechanisms. In the area of recombinant DNA technology and molecular techniques, students will learn about nucleic acid isolation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA cloning, identification of recombinant clones, DNA sequencing and microarrays. Students will also be introduced to computational approaches and bioinformatics tools that can be used for the analysis of nucleic acid and protein sequences, and for designing PCR primers.

  • Electives (Choose any 1)

    (4 Credit Units)

    Biomanufacturing Practices

    This module focuses on principles and practices in the manufacturing of biological agents such as vaccines, biologic drugs and antibodies by mammalian and microbial catalysts. Topics include an overview of kinetic and stoichiometric analysis of bioreactors, biomanufacturing process operations, bioreactor design principles, single use systems, agitation and mixing, heat transfer and temperature culture, process scale-up.

    Food Science & Technology

    This module covers key topics in modern food science, focusing on key issues which affect the import, production, testing and regulation of processed foods in Singapore. This module introduces students to local and international food standards, and they will learn to interpret data and information presented in the scientific and non-scientific literature. Laboratory classes will focus on the analyses of processed foods.

Year 3

  • Capstone Project

    (8 Credit Units)

    Students will complete a final year research project under the guidance of an academic staff or industry mentor. The Capstone Project can cover any of the key areas in life science research including Molecular Biosciences, Industrial Biotechnology, Food Technology, Aquatic Science & Technology, Environmental Technology and Urban Horticulture and Greenscape. Students will be able to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learned from the course. They will be involved in report writing as well as presenting the outcomes of the project in poster and oral presentations. The Capstone Project will further strengthen their writing and communication skills as well as analytical and problem solving skills, thus preparing them for the industry or further studies.

  • Genomics & Proteomics

    (5 Credit Units)

    This module provides an insight into the fields of genomics and proteomics. Students will study the functions of genes and their interaction within a genome, the human genome project, next-generation sequencing, genetically modified organisms and gene therapy, protein expression with emphasis on the structure and functions of proteins and methods of purification and analyses of proteins and applications of proteomics.

  • Translational Medicine & Clinical Trials

    (3 Credit Units)

    This module builds on the previous modules taken in the first and second year of the Biomedical Science course. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to appreciate the difference between basic and clinical research and apply the knowledge learnt in conducting translation research. This module also covers bioethics, clinical trials and regulatory compliance, clinical informatics and big data analysis as well as emerging technologies in biomedical science.

  • 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.

For more details on Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) electives
Click Here >
  • 6-Month Internship (Local/Overseas)

    (20 Credit Units)

    The six-month internship will provide students with exposure to real work environment, give them opportunities to relate and apply the knowledge acquired to work situations and enable them to make a better transition into the workplace. Clear learning outcomes, close mentorship, meaningful and real work activities allow for structured learning throughout the duration of the internship. Students will be attached to companies and institutes in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, biologics manufacturing, laboratory testing, food, healthcare and bioinformatics sectors. Students will also have opportunity to go for overseas internships.


Career Options & Further Studies

As a versatile BMS graduate who is able to respond to fast-changing employment needs, you can enter various industries upon graduation. You can look forward to roles including assistant food technologist, clinical trial assistant and manufacturing biotechnologist.

​You can also pursue a wide range of degree programmes such as biological science, medicine & healthcare, laboratory medicine, medical technology, food science & technology, bioengineering, chemistry, dentistry, education, psychology, social science, architecture, business and business administration.​




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Ent​ry 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 Design & Technology
    or Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics
    or Engineering Science
    or Food & Nutrition
    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 2022 ​JAE

    3 to 8
  • Planned Intake (2022)

    95

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