Diploma in Biotechnology (R16)

School of Applied Science, Full-time courses 2019, Diploma in Biotechnology(R16)

What You Will Learn

As technology advances, there are always new breakthroughs in science. With the Diploma in Biotechnology (DBIO), you will be leading the way to tackle ongoing global challenges in food, health and genetic engineering.

Through biotechnology, you will acquire knowledge on a broad spectrum of areas, from medical research and quality testing of products to food formulation and food analysis. Be exposed to nutritional food formulation for different needs, vaccine design as well as screening kits for diseases.

You will be leveraging technology to create and analyse innovative and healthier foods, as well as develop effective solutions for diagnostics in biomedical and environmental science industries.

The course offers two specialisation tracks – Biotechnology Research or Food and Nutrition. Both tracks prepare you with the relevant competencies and skillsets to be ready for the industry.

Experience the real-world impact of biotechnology as you embark on industry internships and collaborative projects with major companies such as A*STAR research institutes, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Symrise Asia Pacific, Wilmar International, and Roche Singapore Technical Operations.

Jian Bin was one of the first few RP student participants in the Young Talent Programme, a scholarship initiative by the Economic Development Board of Singapore. He was funded for his overseas internship at Wilmar Biotechnology Research & Development Center Co., Ltd, Shanghai. During this 20-week placement, Jian Bin performed extremely well and garnered positive comments from his lab supervisor.

“The overseas internship under Wilmar Biotechnology Research & Development Centre in Shanghai had been a wonderful experience for me. The tasks assigned allowed me to learn new analytical techniques. Throughout the course of the internship, I gained a wealth of experience, making it a truly fulfilling journey for me. I have benefitted greatly through this internship because I have learnt to be more independent and proactive in finding feasible solutions and gaining relevant skills,” said Jian Bin.

Jian Bin is currently working at the National Neuroscience Institute as a research technologist.

Tan Jian Bin
Diploma in Biotechnology, 2016 Graduate

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for Previous (2019) JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 11 to 17


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
  • Engineering Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

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

As a DBIO graduate, you can pursue rewarding careers in the biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, food development, and food supply industries. Equip yourself to take on roles such as:

  • Quality Control Assistant, Assistant Food Technologist in food companies  

  • Research Technologist, Quality Control Assistant Laboratory Analyst, Production Technician and Assistant Biotechnologist in companies from the energy and chemicals, biopharmaceutical and biotech sectors  

  • Health Education Officer

  • Sales and Marketing Representatives in life science and biotech sectors

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 Earn and Learn Programmes (ELPs).

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, DBIO 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 ELPs. Please visit our lifelong learning page to find out more.

Undergraduate Studies

As a DBIO graduate, you can pursue degree programmes in a wide range of subjects such as biotechnology, biological sciences, food and nutrition, chemistry, medical sciences, and business. Every year, a significant percentage of our graduates are accepted into local institutions. Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to two years. Some of these universities are:

  • Australian National University (Australia)

  • Monash University (Australia)

  • Newcastle University (UK)

  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)

  • RMIT University (Australia)

  • The University of Melbourne (Australia)

  • The University of Queensland (Australia)

  • University of Dundee (UK)

  • University of Western Australia (Australia)

Last updated on 19 Jun 2019