Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (R22)

School of Applied Science, Full-time Courses 2019, Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science-(R22)

What You Will Learn

Learn to develop new drugs and therapies that significantly impact the way we treat illnesses and diseases by enrolling in the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (DPHM).

As a DPHM student, you will learn in detail about drug discovery and development, clinical pharmacy, medication review, patient counselling, and pharmaceutical sales and marketing. Depending on your area of interests, you can then specialise in either Industrial Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice.

Through access to cutting-edge facilities at RP's Teaching Dispensary, you will have hands-on experience in dispensing drugs. This fully-equipped teaching laboratory, complemented by the RP-Unity Teaching Retail Pharmacy, provides the perfect setup for authentic training in clinical pharmacy and retail operations. At the RP-BASF Pharmaceutical Technology Laboratory, you will also learn how to formulate and compound medications. Through internships at hospitals, retail pharmacies, drug manufacturing plants and other established organisations, you will gain further insights and form valuable contacts.

When Juliana was introduced to the clinical world of pharmacy, she knew that pharmaceutical sciences was what she wanted to pursue in life. Aspiring to create a positive impact on other people’s lives and health, she was motivated to do her best and excel in her studies, gaining the necessary knowledge to help people in need. At RP, Juliana was presented with many opportunities for hands-on learning and the skills she acquired brought her one step closer to fulfilling her dreams. She was the recipient of multiple scholarships and module awards, graduating as the top performing student from the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a perfect GPA of 4.0.

Apart from her academic achievements, Juliana also actively contributed to RP as the president of the Pharmaceutica Interest Group and a member of the Student Council and Service-Learning Club. Displaying all of the qualities in the REPUBLIC code of honour, Juliana was awarded the Service-Learner Gold Award 2014 and the Republic Award in 2015.

Juliana graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) from the National University of Singapore in 2020, and is currently doing her pre-registration training at Unity Pharmacy.

Juliana Fransisca
Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2016 Graduate, BASF (ENP) Gold Medal Award recipient, Lin Jo Yan Scholarship recipient

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

A290 Special Project

Two modules to be selected from a list of Freely Chosen Modules (FCMs).
All students need to complete either A290 or two FCMs of 2 MC each. 



GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2021 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 9 to 16


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)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

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))
  • NT45 (Nursing)
  • NT58 (Applied Food Science)
  • NT64 (Medical Manufacturing Technology)
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • IT58 (Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology)
  • IT59 (Chemical Technology)
  • IT62 (Paramedic & Emergency Care)

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

As a DPHM graduate, you can pursue a fulfilling career in healthcare institutions, research laboratories and companies that develop and distribute pharmaceuticals. Look forward to roles such as:

  • Clinic Supervisor

  • Clinical Research Coordinator

  • Medical Representative

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Quality Control Technologist

  • Research Assistant

  • Sales / Product Executive

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, DPHM 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

DPHM graduates can pursue degree programmes in a wide range of areas such as pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, medicine, dentistry, nursing, life sciences, biological sciences, and physiotherapy in local universities such as the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Institute of Technology.

Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to 1.5 years. They include:

  • Deakin University (Australia) 
  • Griffith University (Australia)
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • The University of Queensland (Australia)
  • University of Otago (New Zealand)
  • University of South Australia (Australia)

Last updated on 18 Aug 2021

Important Dates

Joint Admissions Exercise

Intake for AY2021 has closed

Polytechnic Foundation Programme Admissions Exercise (PFPAE)

Intake for AY2021 has closed

Direct Admissions Exercise

January 2021 – April 2021

Early Admissions Exercise

Application Dates for Intake AY2022:

  • O-Level Students: 24 - 30 June 2021
  • ITE Students: 10 - 16 June 2021
  • Working Adults: 7 June - 4 July 2021