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Diploma in Chemical Engineering (DCHE)



What will I learn?

This is the FIRST chemical engineering diploma course in the World to adopt Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) educational framework, which is based on commonly shared premise that our students should be able to conceive, design, implement and operate complex value-added systems in modern team-based engineering environment to create systems and products. Some of our CDIO collaborators are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, Tsinghua University, China, Queensland University of Technology, Australia and The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

By adopting the CDIO educational framework, we transform traditionally boring and dry engineering education to an exciting and purposeful one that balances theoretical knowledge with realistic applications of chemical engineering principles. Our students are thus able to:
Conceive: Identify and define real world problems with critical thinking
Design: Approach any problem effectively and propose its possible solutions with creative thinking
Implement: Apply and evaluate possible solutions with systems thinking
Operate: Optimise and improve final selected solution to ensure its functionality, practicality and sustainability

In addition, our students are imbued with skills in teamwork, communication, ethics, responsibility as well as life-long learning.

Exciting career opportunities await you when you graduate. Career options include:
Process engineer/ technician/ technologist
Health, Safety, Environmental (HSE) officer
Laboratory technologist
Quality assurance/ control engineer
Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) engineer
Business development executive
Sales and marketing engineer
Logistics and supply chain specialist
Maintenance specialist/ technician
Project management engineer

Further Studies: With this SP diploma, you may be granted credit exemptions for some degree programmes.

Which department am I in?

School of Chemical and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,57,266) per year
Total Fee payable for student who accepts tuition grant/year: S$ 9,211.11; Total Fee payable for student who rejects/ not eligible for tuition grant/year: S$ 26,226.21
Start date

Expected April, October 2023


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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