Diploma in Biotechnology (R16)


What You Will Learn

Understand new breakthroughs in science, and tackle global challenges in food, health and genetic engineering.

Gain knowledge across the broad spectrum that biotechnology encompasses. From vaccine design to agricultural sciences and food formulation, the Diploma in Biotechnology (DBIO) helps you develop solutions that benefit the world.

Get creative and leverage technology to develop effective biological therapeutics to treat diseases through the Biologics specialisation track. Alternatively, you may also acquire the skills to improve food quality and production, and develop new, nutritionally-enhanced foods through the Food and Agrotech specialisation track.

DBIO will open doors for you in life science research, ranging from the biologics manufacturing, medical diagnostics, microbiological testing, agri-biotechnology research, food production, and innovation.

You will also experience the real-world impact of biotechnology as you embark on collaborative projects and internships with major companies in the industry. Be well on track for an exciting career through DBIO! 


Mira’s journey with Symrise started before she graduated from RP. As a food and nutrition student, Mira embarked on a 24-week internship with the sensory and consumer insights department. She acquired skills in conducting food sensory evaluations and received excellent feedback from Symrise, which offered her an opportunity for final year project.

Mira is currently working at Symrise as a Perfumery Technician. She is responsible for conducting compound fragrance trials, supporting quality control testing of samples and raw materials present in fragrance compounds.

Mira Nadhira Bte Fathul Rahman
Diploma in Biotechnology, 2019 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 2022 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 10 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
  • 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
  • NT15 Urban Greenery & Landscape
  • 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) 
  • NT91 Pastry & Baking
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • IT58 (Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology)
  • IT59 (Chemical Technology)
  • IT62 (Paramedic & Emergency Care)
  • IT68 (Facility Systems Design)
  • IT72 (Process Plant Design)

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

You can pursue a fulfilling career in healthcare institutions, research laboratories and companies that develop and distribute biomedical products. Look forward to roles such as: 

  • Assistant Agricultural Scientist

  • Assistant Biotechnologist

  • Assistant Food Technologist/Researcher

  • Biologics Production Technician

  • Food and Microbiology Specialist 

  • Health Education Officer

  • Laboratory Technologist

  • Market Development Executive

  • Plant Biotechnologist 

  • Quality Assurance Assistant

  • Quality Control Assistant

  • Research 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 (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, 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 WSPs. 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 have been accepted into the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University and Singapore Institute of Technology. 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 24 May 2022

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2022 will open in January 2022.

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Application for Intake AY2022 will open in January 2022.

Direct Admissions Exercise

Application for Intake AY2022

  • Other Qualifications: November 2021 and January 2022
  • O-Levels, ITE and Working Adults: January - March 2022

Early Admissions Exercise

Application Dates for Intake AY2023:

  • O-Level Students: 23 - 29 June 2022
  • ITE Students: 9 - 15 June 2022
  • Working Adults: 6 June - 3 July 2022