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. You will learn to leverage technology to improve agricultural quality and production, formulate and innovate foods with enhanced nutrition, and develop effective biological therapeutics for disease treatment.

The course offers two specialisation tracks – Biologics or Food and Agrotech. Both tracks will prepare you with the essential competencies and skillsets to be ready for the relevant industries.

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


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

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 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
  • 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)
  • 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

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

  • Assistant Agricultural Scientist/Assistant

  • Assistant Biotechnologist

  • Assistant Food Technologist/Researcher

  • Food Industry and Microbiology Specialist 

  • Health Education Officer

  • Laboratory Assistant/Technologist

  • Market Development Executive

  • Plant Biotechnologist

  • Production/Process Technician

  • Quality Assurance Assistant

  • Quality Control Analyst/Assistant/Executive

  • Research Technologist

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 Liverpool (UK)

  • University of Western Australia (Australia)

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