Diploma in Marine Science & Aquaculture (R53)


What You Will Learn

The ocean holds many secrets. With the Diploma in Marine Science & Aquaculture (DMAC), you will discover what makes our diverse marine ecosystems so special, and acquire the essential skills and knowledge for the sustainable production and farming of marine species.

As the only marine science-related course in Singapore, the DMAC offers a comprehensive programme that fully prepares you for a career in marine conservation and aquaculture management. This course covers aquatic species, production systems, farm operations, and ways to manage marine and aquatic health.

Through this course, our skilled lecturers will share their own unique experiences with you and provide you with the opportunity to get up close and personal with aquatic wildlife. You will gain the essential skills to help you conserve and manage complex marine ecosystems. You will be able to apply your knowledge through internships at marine and aquaculture-related businesses and research institutes.

When Bernice was in RP, she performed well in her academic studies and her extra-curricular activities. She was a recipient of the RP Bursary in 2015 and 2016, and was also given the Sports Excellence Awards 2016 (Meritorious Silver). She displayed strong leadership qualities as the Captain of RP’s Dragon Boat Interest Group and led her team to represent RP in many dragon boat races.

Bernice believes that learning starts by stepping out of one’s comfort zone. In her final year of studies, she embarked on a enriching 20-week internship at Oceanus Group Ltd at Xiamen, China. During her internship, she met with many challenging tasks. With her perseverance and open mind, she managed to overcome those difficulties and was rewarded with knowledge and experience.

Bernice’s performance at Oceanus led her to a full-time position with the company.

Chan Yee, Bernice
Diploma in Marine Science & Aquaculture, 2017 Graduate

The course structure consists of general, discipline, and specialisation modules. There is also an industry orientation component.


GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2020 JAE  Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 9 to 13


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
  • Engineering Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)

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))
  • NT42 (Marine Technology / Marine Mechanics)
  • NT45 (Nursing)
  • NT49 (Marine Electrical Technology)
  • NT58 (Applied Food Science)
  • NT64 (Medical Manufacturing Technology)
  • NT69 (Community Care & Social Services)
  • NT81 (Attraction Operations)
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • BS98 (Event Management)
  • IT58 (Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology)
  • IT59 (Chemical Technology)
  • IT60 (Marine & Offshore Technology / Marine Offshore Engineering)
  • IT62 (Paramedic & Emergency Care)
  • IT67 (Civil & Structural Engineering Design)
  • IT71 (Offshore & Marine Engineering Design)
  • IT73 (Marine Engineering)
  • IT77 (Facility Management)

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

Many of our DMAC graduates have gone on to enjoy enriching careers in fisheries, oceanariums, marine parks and reserves, research institutes, and government agencies. You can pursue roles such as:

  • Aquaculture Laboratory Assistant

  • Aquarist

  • Marine Conservation Executive

  • Marine Facility Manager

  • Production Technologist

  • Regulatory 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 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, DMAC 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 DMAC graduate, you are ideally positioned to pursue further studies at reputable local and overseas universities such as:

  • Deakin University (Australia) 

  • Griffith University (Australia) 

  • James Cook University (Australia) 

  • Macquarie University (Australia) 

  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 

  • National University of Singapore (Singapore) 

  • The University of Queensland (Australia) 

  • University of Stirling (UK)

Last updated on 05 Feb 2020