What will I learn?

The course provides an inquiry-focus curriculum for bio-enthusiasts who love to learn through self-discovery. The Diploma equips students with current and relevant skills for application in the field of translational and life sciences, research and the bio-pharmaceutical industries through our state-of-the-art training facilities.

Biotechnology students can look forward to a year-long internship in the biologics and life sciences industries as well as the research laboratories in universities, Biopolis, healthcare institutions, and bio-pharmaceutical companies. They will be engaged in real-life investigative R&D projects alongside scientists and their teams. Some students have the option of conducting research in foreign universities and R&D institutes such as the Eastern China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica in China, the Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cornell University and Harvard Medical School in the United States. These overseas stints help students develop a global outlook and gain unique cultural experiences.

Exciting career opportunities await you when you graduate. Your career options include:
Laboratory Technologist / Officer
Research Assistant
Technical Specialist
Sales and Marketing Executive

The biotechnology course pride itself as being hands-on and current. Many biotechnology graduates have pursued further studies in biological and life sciences, biomedical sciences, bioengineering, pharmacy, veterinary science, physiotherapy and double degree in biomedical science and Traditional Chinese Medicine at local and overseas universities with advanced standing. Biotech graduates are eligible to apply for Medicine and Dentistry in NUS and NTU.

Which department am I in?

School of Chemical and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (4,94,265) per year
Total Fee payable for student who accepts tuition grant/year: S$ 9,211.11; Total Fee payable for student who rejects/ not eligible for tuition grant/year: S$ 26,226.21
Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

School of Chemical and Life Sciences

Singapore Polytechnic,

500 Dover Road,

139651, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have obtained the following qualification: GCE 'O' Levels, relevant Institute of Technical Education Higher NITEC (ITC/CBS) qualifications, or relevant Institute of Technical Education NITEC (NTC2) qualifications (with minimum GCE 'N' Level qualifications). A 'B' average overall would be minimally sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application. those from Integrated Programme (IP) Schools in Singapore who have completed the equivalent of Sec 4 as well as those who have graduated from IP schools can be considered for admission; eligibility is similar to GCE 'O' level; for those who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the entry requirements are minimum Grade 4 for English (1st Lang) except for Creative Writing for Television and New Media and Media and Communication courses where a Grade 5 (1st Lang) is required, minimum Grade 5 for Mathematics, minimum Grade 5 for relevant subject, overall aggregate should be at least 22 (based on 5 subjects including English, Mathematics and relevant subject); or equivalent qualification. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Singapore. Also they must fulfill the following English language requirements: TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based); or IELTS (International English Language Testing System - overall minimum 6.0; for China qualifications 6.0 is also required for reading and speaking components), or passes English language entrance test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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