Diploma in Environmental Science (R29)

School of Applied Science, Full-time Courses 2019, Diploma in Environmental Science(R29)

What You Will Learn

Are you concerned about climate change, loss of wildlife and pollution? Responsible care and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices are important for the future. Do you feel you can make positive impacts amidst these environmental challenges? Join us to become the next generation of environmental leaders.

This programme covers an extensive range of topics including waste and water management, regulatory issues and sustainable technology solutions in the field of Environmental Technology and Management.

As a Diploma in Environmental Science (DENV) graduate, you will gain the necessary practical and analytical skills to develop solutions in environmental protection, waste management and nature conservation. You will also learn to process environmental data using state-of-the-art visualisation software. As part of the programme, you will attain the bizSAFE Levels 2 and 4 certifications that will give you an edge when you pursue a career in the environmental management, health and safety industries.

Through industry attachments in public and private organisations, you will have the chance to apply your skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems, thus preparing you for the fast-paced roles of environmental specialists, engineers and consultants.

Beyond the classroom, Keneth was actively involved in various co-curricular activities and served as a student leader in many of the activities.

He was the President of Youth Advolution for Health (YAH@RP) Interest Group, in which some of his responsibilities includes managing the committee and planning the year’s event schedule. In that same year, he was also appointed as the student leader in charge of the Diploma in Environmental Science (DENV) Freshmen Camp. Serving beyond the RP community, Keneth was part of the organising committee for a local service learning project – Supermarket Run 8. Keneth was also part of a team that represented RP in Challenge for the Urban and Built Environment (CUBE) 2016 organised by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). During the Challenge, he was involved in the blueprint conceptualisation and model building for a site at Buona Vista.

As part of the DENV programme, Keneth participated in an insect sorting project (funded by PUB) under the Evolutionary Biology Laboratory at National University of Singapore (NUS). Being an enthusiastic and a keen learner, he was identified by the NUS to continue in this project for his internship, which he did well and passed with a commendation.

Tan Jian Kwang, Keneth
Diploma in Environmental Science, 2017 Graduate

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2020 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 8 to 19


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
  • NT21 (Architectural Drafting / Building Drafting (Architectural))
  • NT23 (Civil & Structural Drafting / Building Drafting (Civil & Structural))
  • NT25 (Electro-Mechanical Servicing / Mechatronics / Mechatronics (Automation Technology) / Mechatronics (Equipment Assembly) / Mechatronics (Medical Technology))
  • NT27 (Electrical Power & Machines / Electrical Technology (Power & Control) / Electrical Technology (Power & Machines))
  • NT29 (Automotive Mechanics (Construction Equipment) / Automotive Technology (Construction Equipment) / Automotive Technology (Heavy Vehicles))
  • NT32 (Precision Machining / Precision Engineering (Machining))
  • NT37 (Precision Engineering (Injection Mould) / Precision Engineering (Press Tool) / Precision Engineering (Tool & Mould) / Precision Tooling / Tool & Die-Making)
  • NT38 (Building Servicing / Building Services Technology / Building Services Technology (AirConditioning & 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))
  • NT41 (Multimedia Technology)
  • NT42 (Marine Technology / Marine Mechanics)
  • NT43 (Mechanical-Electrical Drafting)
  • NT44 (Digital Media Design / Digital Media Design (Interactive Media))
  • NT46 (Product Design)
  • NT47 (Communications Technology)
  • NT48 (Precision Engineering (Aerospace))
  • NT49 (Marine Electrical Technology)
  • NT52 (Digital Animation)
  • NT54 (Digital Media Design (Digital Video Effects))
  • NT56 (Digital Audio & Video Production)
  • NT58 (Applied Food Science)
  • NT61 (Facility Technology (Landscaping Services))
  • NT62 (Machine Building Technology / Machine Technology)
  • NT63 (Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services))
  • NT64 (Medical Manufacturing Technology)
  • NT68 (Laser & Tooling Technology / Semiconductor Tooling Technology)
  • NT69 (Community Care & Social Services)
  • NT70 (Interactive Media Design)
  • NT73 (Facility Technology (Vertical Transportation))
  • NT76 (Semiconductor Technology / Electronics (Microelectronics))
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS98 (Event Management)
  • 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)
  • IT54 (Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design)
  • IT55 (Manufacturing Engineering)
  • IT56 (Information Technology) 
  • IT58 (Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology)
  • IT59 (Chemical Technology)
  • IT60 (Marine & Offshore Technology / Marine Offshore Engineering)
  • IT63 (Games Design & Development)
  • IT65 (Leisure & Travel Operations) 
  • IT67 (Civil & Structural Engineering Design)
  • IT68 (Facility Systems Design)
  • IT71 (Offshore & Marine Engineering Design)
  • IT72 (Process Plant Design)
  • IT73 (Marine Engineering) 
  • IT75 (Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business)
  • IT77 (Facility Management)
  • IT87 (Landscape Management & 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

The diploma will prepare you to tackle the world of environmental science with potential roles in environmental, water services, petrochemical, and semiconductor sectors. Get ready to take on roles such as:

  • Conservation and Outreach Officer

  • Environmental Officer

  • Research Laboratory Technician

  • Environmental Health and Safety Technician

  • Water Laboratory Technician

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 Earn and Learn Programmes (ELPs).

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, DENV 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 ELPs. Please visit our lifelong learning page to find out more.

Undergraduate Studies

As a DENV graduate, you can further your studies in degree programmes across a wide range of related areas such as environmental science, biotechnology, biological science, engineering, medical science, business management, and psychology. Every year, a large proportion of our graduates enroll in local universities. Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to two years. They include:

  • Australian National University (Australia) 
  • James Cook University (Australia) 
  • Monash University (Australia) 
  • Newcastle University (UK) 
  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia) 
  • RMIT University (Australia) 
  • The University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Liverpool (UK)

Last updated on 20 May 2020