Diploma in Biomedical Science (R14)

School of Applied Sciences, Full time courses 2019, Diploma in Biomedical Science-R14

What You Will Learn

Fascinated by the human body’s response to diseases and infections? If you are looking for an analytical career in the medical profession, the Diploma in Biomedical Science might just be what you are looking for!

To understand the nature of diseases and how to tackle them, you must first comprehend how diseases develop in the human body. Through the Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBMS), you will learn the essentials of human anatomy, the molecular and physiological basis of different diseases and their corresponding treatments. You will also acquire investigative and technical skills to perform scientific research and laboratory diagnostics, preparing you for a rewarding career in the biomedical science and healthcare industry.

Gain access to state-of-the art facilities and powerful diagnostic technology for practical training through the two specialisation tracks, Biomedical Research and Medical Laboratory Technology.

Clarissa is a driven student who strove for excellence in what she does. Apart from her academic achievements, she displayed her planning and leadership capabilities in various school committees between 2015 and 2017.

Clarissa was also a recipient of the Service Learner Leadership Excellence Award and Service Learner Award (Silver) in 2014. In addition, Clarissa volunteered as an HDB Heartland Ambassador and was part of the SG50 Heart Map Launch @ Heartland. Being part of such a large-scale event, Clarissa got to interact and work with people from all walks of life.

In 2015, Clarissa was one of the representatives from RP to participate in the annual STEP-NUS Sunburst Brain Camp. During the camp, she worked cohesively with the other team members on neuroscience projects and had the opportunity to interact with local and foreign experts in the neuroscience field. Clarissa also represented RP at the Polytechnic Forum 2015 and Youth Model ASEAN Conference 2015.

Being a recipient of the A*STAR Science Award, Clarissa completed her 20-week internship and Final Year Project at the human genetics laboratory at the Genome Institute of Singapore. Through this experience, she learnt to work independently and deepen her interest in scientific research.

Clarissa is currently pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University.

Clarissa Bernice Quah
Diploma in Biomedical Sciences, 2017 Graduate, Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science recipient, A*STAR Science Award (Polytechnic) in 2015 and 2016

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

Elective Module

Freely Chosen Module

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 7 to 12


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
  • NT39 (Chemical Process Technology / Chemical Process Technology (Biologics) / Chemical Process Technology (Petrochemicals) / Chemical Process Technology (Pharmaceuticals) /Chemical Process Technology (Process Instrumentation))
  • NT45 (Nursing)
  • NT58 (Applied Food Science)
  • NT64 (Medical Manufacturing Technology)
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • IT58 (Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology)
  • IT59 (Chemical Technology)
  • IT62 (Paramedic & Emergency Care)

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

With the new opportunities arising in the research, manufacturing, education, medical and healthcare sectors, DBMS graduates are poised to take on roles such as:

  • Biomedical Research Assistant
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical and Laboratory Product Specialist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Quality Control / Quality Assurance Officer

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 (WSPs).

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, DBMS 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 WSPs. Please visit our Lifelong Learning page to find out more.

Undergraduate Studies

DBMS graduates are ideally placed to pursue a degree in various medical specialisms including biological science, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chemistry, medical science, medical laboratory technology, bioengineering and psychology. A large proportion of our graduates go on to undertake their degrees at top local universities. Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to two years. They include:

  • National University of Singapore

  • Nanyang Technological University

  • Singapore Management University

  • Singapore Institute of Technology

  • Singapore University of Social Sciences

  • Australian National University (Australia) 

  • Monash University (Australia) 

  • Newcastle University (UK) 

  • Queen’s University Belfast (UK) 

  • RMIT University (Australia)  

  • The University of Queensland (Australia) 

  • The University of Sydney (Australia)

  • University of Leeds (UK)

  • University of Liverpool (UK)

  • University of Otago (NZ) 

  • University of Sheffield (UK) 

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