Diploma in Applied Chemistry (R17)

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What You Will Learn

Revolutionise the way we live with chemistry for a sustainable future.

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 the 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 (S.T.A.R) Laboratory and Materials Innovation Hub (MI-Hub), you will gain practical training through the use of advanced analytical instruments and processing equipment pivotal to hone your skills. You can also look forward to participating in innovative research applicable in the working world through industry projects and internships with renowned companies such as 3M, Procter & Gamble Company, Evonik, and Solvay.

RP has nurtured me to be more proactive in my learning. The daily grades for attendance, mini quizzes and reflections helped me realise the importance of consistency to achieve my goals. The soft skills that I’ve developed through RP’s Problem-based Learning pedagogy helped me to be a better communicator, negotiator, team player, and leader. I was also blessed with supportive lecturers and mentors who continuously encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and embrace new opportunities.
Farhan Suhada Bin Rasip
Diploma in Materials Science (now known as Diploma in Applied Chemistry) 2021 Graduate

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

Select either one of the following:

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2023 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C  12 to 18
  • English Language: D7
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): C6
  • Any one of the following subjects: C6
    - Biology
    - Biotechnology
    - Chemistry
    - Food & Nutrition / Nutrition & Food Science
    - Physics
    - Science (Chemistry, Biology)
    - Science (Physics, Biology)
    - Science (Physics, Chemistry)

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)
  • 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
  • IT72 Process Plant Design
  • IT75 Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business
  • IT85 Precision Engineering

GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements


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 07 Jun 2023

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2023:
12 to 17 January 2023

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Application for Intake AY2023:
12 to 17 January 2023

Direct Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2023:

  • O-levels & IP: 12 to 17 January 2023 and 21 to 28 February 2023
  • ITE: 20 March to 6 April 2023
  • IB & Working Adults: 12 to 17 January 2023 

Early Admissions Exercise

  • O-levels: 22 to 28 June 2023
  • ITE: 8 to 14 June 2023
  • Working Adults: 5 June to 2 July 2023