Diploma in Applied Chemistry (R17)

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What You Will Learn

(This course is formerly known as Diploma in Materials Science)

From pharmaceutical drugs to skincare products, the practical use of chemistry is essential in our daily lives. Embark on a journey with us to discover how atoms, the building blocks of all matter, interact to form products we use today.

Through the Diploma in Applied Chemistry, you will be equipped with a solid foundation in chemistry to tackle the challenges in various chemical-related industries. You will be trained to formulate, process and analyse chemicals and materials in the laboratory. Depending on your interest, you can choose to specialise in either Materials Science or Industrial Chemistry in the later stages of the diploma.

With access to state-of-the-art learning facilities such as the RP - Shimadzu Sustainable Technology & Analytical Research Laboratory (S.T.A.R) and Materials Innovation Hub (MI-Hub), you will gain practical training through the use of latest analytical instruments and processing equipment pivotal to hone your skills. You can also look forward to participating in innovative research projects that are applicable in real-world through industry projects and internships with renowned companies such as Procter & Gamble Company, Evonik, Solvay and 3M.

The course structure consists of general, discipline, and specialisation modules. There is also an industry orientation component.

General Modules

Discipline Modules

Specialisation Modules

Industry Orientation Programme

Freely Chosen Module

A290 Special Project  

Two modules to be selected from a list of Freely Chosen Modules (FCMs).
All students need to complete either A290 or two FCMs of 2 MC each.

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type  Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2021 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C  12 to19


a) English Language/1 - 7
b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)/1 - 6
c) Any one of the following subjects/1 - 6 
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Electronics / Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physics / Engineering Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry) /Physical Science

Nitec/Higher Nitec

Minimum net GPA Relevant Qualifications
Nitec ≥ 3.5
  • NT32 (Precision Machining / Precision Engineering (Machining))
  • NT37 (Precision Engineering (Injection Mould) / Precision Engineering (Press Tool) / Precision Engineering (Tool & Mould) / Precision Tooling / Tool & Die-Making)
  • NT39 (Chemical Process Technology / Chemical Process Technology (Biologics) / Chemical Process Technology (Petrochemicals) / Chemical Process Technology (Pharmaceuticals) / Chemical Process Technology (Process Instrumentation)) 
  • NT45 (Nursing)
  • NT46 (Product Design)
  • NT58 (Applied Food Science)
  • NT64 (Medical Manufacturing Technology) 
  • NT76 (Semiconductor Technology / Electronics (Microelectronics))
  • NT97 (Microelectronics)
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • IT21 (Electro - Mechanical Engineering)
  • IT22 (Mechatronics Engineering)
  • IT31 (Electrical Engineering)
  • IT41 (Electronics Engineering / Industrial Electronics Engineering)
  • IT51 (Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design / Mechanical & Electrical Drafting & Design)
  • IT52 (Mechanical Engineering)
  • IT54 (Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design)
  • IT55 (Manufacturing Engineering)
  • IT58 (Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology)
  • IT59 (Chemical Technology)
  • IT62 (Paramedic & Emergency Care) 
  • IT72 (Process Plant Design)
  • IT75 (Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business) 
  • IT85 (Precision Engineering)

GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • Obtain an A-S grade for General Paper (English Medium),
  • Obtain an A-E grade for 2 other H2 subjects, AND
  • Must have taken GCE 'A' Level examinations whilst studying in a Junior College / Millennia Institute in Singapore
  • Please click here to view a list of module exemptions


For more details on admission using Singapore Cambridge GCE A-levels qualifications, please refer to our webpage at www.rp.edu.sg.


Admission to RP is based on academic merit and subjected to available vacancies of our diploma programmes. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee that applicants will be offered a placement in the diploma programme. These requirements are set in place to ensure fairness to all applicants.

Career Opportunities

As a DAC graduate, you can look forward to exciting careers in energy and chemicals, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, electronics and aerospace sectors. Equip yourself to take on roles such as:

  • Assistant Chemist
  • Biomedical Product Specialist
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Process Technician
  • Quality Assurance/Control Specialist
  • Research Associate
  • Technical Sales Assistant

Further Studies

RP graduates are well-placed to embark on meaningful careers, immediately after graduation. They could even improve their employability by taking part-time courses or SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes.

What’s more, every RP diploma is recognised and has a pathway leading to a relevant degree with top local and overseas universities. RP graduates may complete their degrees in just over two or three years in a four-year programme.

Skills Deepening

Upon graduation, DAC students can choose to deepen their skills and knowledge in a chosen field before embarking on their career. They could either sign up for part-time courses or pursue work study programmes. Visit our lifelong learning page to find out more.

Undergraduate Studies

As a DAC graduate, you can pursue a degree in a wide range of areas including chemistry, science, chemical engineering and materials science.

Last updated on 29 Jan 2021

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise

Intake for AY2021 has closed

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Intake for AY2021 has closed

Direct Admissions Exercise

January 2021 – April 2021

Early Admissions Exercise

Application Dates for Intake AY2022:

  • O-Level Students: 24 - 30 June 2021
  • ITE Students: 10 - 16 June 2021
  • Working Adults: 7 June - 4 July 2021