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Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (N60)




What will I learn?

The first poly diploma that bridges engineering and life sciences, and teaches students to develop creative innovations for the biomedical industry

Jointly delivered by the School of Engineering and the School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

Six-month internships with hospitals, multinational corporations (MNCs) and research institutes

A Minor in Business Management offers more exciting career and degree opportunities

Biomedical engineering is largely responsible for the design of sophisticated medical equipment such as diagnostic and therapeutic machines and lifesaving devices like the artificial heart and dialysis machine. If you are intrigued by the wonders of combining engineering technology and life sciences, enrol in the Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (BME).

The first diploma of its kind in Singapore, BME is jointly delivered by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Engineering and School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology. Besides teaching you how to develop medical equipment, BME also gives you a firm grounding in research that could lead to discovery of new cures for medical conditions.

In your first year, you will acquire a strong foundation in engineering in topics covering electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. You will also gain an overview of biomedical engineering.

In your second year, you will study cell and molecular biology alongside medical instrumentation and physiological systems. You will also be equipped with electronic design prototyping skills.

In your final year, you will focus on areas such as clinical engineering as well as various types of medical equipment. You will also work in teams to design and develop biomedical products.

What’s more, you will have the opportunity to go on a six-month local or overseas internship with a university, hospital, MNC or research institute!


Your job prospects are bright as the biomedical engineering sector is booming. You can work in areas such as research & development (R&D) and engineering support. BME graduates who go into R&D carry out tasks such as clinical studies and trials, product prototyping and quality assurance and certification.

You can also work in healthcare establishments such as hospitals and medical centres as well as medical equipment suppliers and service providers. You can work as a Biomedical Technical Officer in a hospital or as a Sales or Service Engineer with a company that supplies medical equipment.

Further studies

As a BME graduate, you can pursue degree programmes offered by Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Institute of Technology. You can also gain credit exemptions from the following overseas universities:

King’s College London (UK)

- Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science

University of Sheffield (UK)

- Bachelor of Engineering in Bioengineering

University of New South Wales (Australia)

- Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering

Queensland University of Technology (Australia)

- Bachelor of Engineering in Medical Engineering

University of Queensland (Australia)

- Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Biomedical)

You can also apply for non-engineering degree courses. The Minor in Business Management will give you a head-start when applying for such courses.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (US$ 6,641) per year
Start date

Expected October 2023


School of Engineering

Blk 7 Level 2, 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): 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Science (with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component) or Biotechnology or Computer Studies or Design & Technology or Design Studies or Fundamentals of Electronics: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

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

Candidates with hearing deficiency or severe vision deficiency should not apply for the course. Those with colour appreciation deficiency may be considered, subject to an in-house test.


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