Diploma in Environmental & Marine Science (R62)

DEMS

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 in 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.

Specialisation tracks in Environmental Management and Technology or Aquaculture Technology which you can choose in your second year will prepare you for fast-paced roles at the forefront of developing sustainable environmental and aquaculture solutions.

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.



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  7 to 13

Subject

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
  • 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
  • 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 

Note:

For more details on admission using Singapore Cambridge GCE A-levels qualifications, please refer to our webpage at www.rp.edu.sg.

Note:

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 27 Dec 2022

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise
(JAE)

Application for Intake AY2023:
12 to 17 January 2023

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Application for Intake AY2023:
12 to 17 January 2023

Direct Admissions Exercise
(DAE)

Application for Intake AY2023:

  • O-levels & IP: 12 to 17 January 2023 and 21 to 28 February 2023
  • ITE: 20 March to 6 April 2023
  • IB & Working Adults: 12 to 17 January 2023 

Early Admissions Exercise
(EAE)

Application for Intake AY2024 will open in June 2023.