What will I learn?

Get a strong foundation in applied biology and molecular biosciences

Local and overseas internships with research institutes, life science companies and the R&D laboratories of universities

Take the exciting Biopharmaceutical or Forensic Science specialisation option in your final year

Attractive electives in Aquaculture & Marine Biology, Food Science and Plant Biotechnology

If you want to know how living systems and organisms can be used to improve our quality of life, the Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology (MBIO) may just be the course for you. Molecular Biotechnology is a growing field of science that combines applications from biochemistry, immunology, genetics and microbiology.

It can offer innovative solutions to tackle global problems ranging from human and animal health to agriculture and sustainable energy production. MBIO equips you with a strong foundation in the biosciences. In your first year, you will study a number of basic science subjects including chemistry, cell biology and microbiology before proceeding onto more advanced subjects such as biochemistry, cell culture technology, genomics and proteomics.

MBIO graduates have been successful in a range of careers.

• Research institutions

• University laboratories

• Aquaculture and agrotechnology companies

• Biotechnology companies

• Marine theme parks

• Education institutions

• Food manufacturing companies

• Government agencies (e.g. Agri-food and Veterinary Authority)

• Healthcare institutions

• Pharmaceutical companies

• Biologics manufacturing companies

• Forensics (e.g. Health Sciences Authority, Singapore Police Force)

• Research Assistant

• Laboratory Biologist

• Technical Specialist

• Scientific Product Executive

• Animal curator

• Teacher

• Food Technologist

• Food Hygiene Officer

• Environmental Hygiene Officer

• Healthcare Executive

• Validation Specialist

• Upstream/Fermentation Technologist

• Downstream Processing Technologist

• Crime Scene Specialist

• Forensic Scientist

Forensic Science

In this option, learn about the forensic and DNA techniques used by criminal investigators and forensic scientist

Which department am I in?

School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (4,95,890) per year
Start date

Expected October 2021


School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology

Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

535 Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students


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

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Science (with Physics or Chemistry or Biology component) or Biotechnology or Fundamentals of Electronics: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

Candidates with English as a second language (EL2) must have attained a minimum grade of 6.