Diploma in Biotechnology (R16)


What You Will Learn

Understand new breakthroughs in science and tackle global challenges in food, agritechnology, 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.

In DBIO, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skillsets in domains such as molecular biology, microbiology and quality assurance. 

Through the Biologics specialisation track, you may also get creative and leverage technology to develop effective biological therapeutics or methods to detect and treat diseases.

With the rapid developments in agri-food industry and the vision to produce 30% of our nation's nutritional needs locally and sustainably by 2030, you will acquire the scientific skills to improve agri-food quality and production through the Food and Agrotech specialisation track. 

In addition, students are awarded with a certification in food safety and have opportunities to develop new, nutritionally-enhanced foods.

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

"RP has given me many opportunities to hone my presentation and people skills. As I’m currently furthering my studies in food science, I find that the skills which I’ve picked up at RP have been very relevant and useful!"

As RP’s first SFA Diploma Scholarship recipient, Siu Poh had to go through two rounds of interviews and six weeks of trial internship with SFA before being offered the scholarship. Her drive to excel was not limited to curricular activities as she went beyond the classroom to pursue the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA). As the NYAA interest group executive committee member, she went on to receive the NYAA Gold Award, SAS WINGS Gold Award and REPUBLIC Award during her time in RP.

Ang Siu Poh
Diploma in Biotechnology, 2021 Graduate. Currently working as an Executive at Singapore Food Agency (SFA)

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 2024 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 11 to 19
  • 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
  • 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 Paramedics & Emergency Care
  • IT68 Facility Systems Design
  • IT72 Process Plant Design
  • IT94 Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Design

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

You can pursue careers in a diverse range of industries such as biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, agrotechnology, food development, and food manufacturing. Look forward to career opportunities in roles such as:

  • Assistant Agricultural Scientist

  • Assistant Biotechnologist

  • Assistant Food Technologist

  • Biologics Production Technician

  • Food and Microbiology Specialist 

  • Health Education Officer

  • Laboratory Technologist

  • Market Development Executive 

  • Quality Assurance and Control Assistant/Analyst

  • 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, agricultural sciences, food science and technology, 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. They include:

  • 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 11 Mar 2024