Diploma in Environmental & Marine Science (R62)


What You Will Learn

Be at the forefront of protecting the environment and marine life for the future generations! 

Climate change presents a host of challenges to humanity. These include increased wildfires, rising sea levels, declining clean water supplies, reduced agricultural and seafood yields, and disease outbreaks. Passionate about making a positive impact amidst these challenges? Join us to become the next generation of leaders in sustainability!

Through the Diploma in Environmental & Marine Science (DEMS), you will be equipped with knowledge in an extensive range of topics such as earth and climate science, terrestrial and marine ecology, environmental data analysis, environmental management, sustainability reporting, and circular economy. You will also gain essential knowledge and skills to help you conserve and manage complex ecosystems through interactions with terrestrial and aquatic wildlife during external field trips and visits to RP’s Rain Garden and aquaculture research facility, Aquaria.

Be prepared for fast-paced roles at the forefront of developing sustainable environmental and aquaculture solutions through specialisation tracks in Aquaculture Technology or Environmental Management and Technology in the second year of your diploma.

Gain hands-on experiences through industry attachments in organisations such as Mandai Wildlife Group, S.E.A. Aquarium, Tropical and Marine Science Institute, National Environment Agency, and National Parks Board.

“RP has given me many opportunities to develop and build up hands-on skills through the various facilities such as RP’s Aquaria. RP’s Problem-based Learning has also guided me to be an independent learner by working with real-world situations. The kind and patient lecturers not only provided great help throughout my education journey but also gave me invaluable career advice. I’ll forever cherish the experiences and memories I had in RP.

During his time in RP, Ian was known to be a diligent student, well-liked by his peers and juniors who looked up to him as their role model. In addition to excelling in his studies, he took up leadership roles such as the President of the Marine Science Interest Group (MSIG) and an EXCO member for the Muay Thai Interest Group. He was also a Peer Support Leader for the newly minted Diploma in Environmental & Marine Science students. Ian actively contributed to these interest groups and was recognised for his efforts. He received the Sports Excellence Award Certificate of Merit for Muay Thai and the Service Excellence Award (Merit) in 2022.

Moreover, he represented his diploma in various events and workshops, including the STEP STEM ALIVE 2021 organised by the Science Centre and Temasek Foundation, where his team’s prototype emerged as champion. When he graduated in May 2023, Ian was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Award for his consistently excellent performance while in RP.

Ian Izree Bin Muhammad Hairul Nazwa
Diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture 2023 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 2024 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C  6 to 14
  • 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
  • NT38 Building Servicing/ Building Services Technology/ Building Services Technology (Air-conditioning & Refrigeration)/ Building Services Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)/ Facility Technology (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration)
  • NT39 Chemical Process Technology/ Chemical Process Technology (Biologics)/ Chemical Process Technology (Petrochemicals)/ Chemical Process Technology (Pharmaceuticals)/ Chemical Process Technology (Process Instrumentation)
  • NT58 Applied Food Science
  • NT61 Facility Technology (Landscaping Services)
  • NT63 Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services)
  • NT76 Semiconductor Technology / Electronics (Microelectronics)
  • NT81 Attraction Operations
  • NT97 Microelectronics
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • IT21 Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • IT22 Mechatronics Engineering
  • IT31 Electrical Engineering
  • IT41 Electronics Engineering/Industrial Electronics Engineering
  • IT51 Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design/Mechanical & Electrical Drafting & Design
  • IT52 Mechanical Engineering
  • IT55 Manufacturing Engineering
  • IT58 Biotechnology/Biochemical Technology
  • IT59 Chemical Technology
  • IT65 Leisure & Travel Operations
  • IT67 Civil & Structural Engineering Design
  • IT68 Facility Systems Design
  • IT72 Process Plant Design
  • IT75 Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business
  • IT77 Facility Management
  • IT87 Landscape Management & Design
  • IT94 Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Design
  • IT95 Data Engineering

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 look forward to enriching careers in environmental, water services, petrochemical and semiconductor sectors, fisheries, oceanariums, wildlife and marine parks and reserves, research institutes as well as government agencies. Get ready to take on roles such as:

  • Aquarist
  • Aquatic Facility Manager
  • Aquaculture Technologist
  • Conservation and Outreach Executive
  • Environmental Control and Environmental Service Officer
  • Environmental Health and Safety Technician
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Operations Technician / Executive
  • Parks 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, DEMS 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.

Last updated on 11 Mar 2024