Diploma in Biomedical Science (R14)

What You Will Learn

To understand the nature of diseases and how to tackle them, you must first comprehend how diseases develop in the human body. The Diploma in Biomedical
Sciences (DBMS) will teach you the essentials of human anatomy, different diseases and their corresponding treatments, preparing you for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry.

Both of our specialist tracks, Biomedical Research and Medical Laboratory Technology, will give you access to our state-of-the-art facilities and powerful diagnostic technology for rigorous practical training. You will also be exposed to cutting-edge research when you embark on industry attachments at leading institutions such as the National University of Singapore and A*STAR research laboratories.

During his time at RP, Kenneth consistently made the Academic Roll of Honour and received the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science. But these achievements would not have been possible if not for his determination to succeed and commitment to hard work.

Kenneth wasn’t sure that junior college was quite right for him. Realising he wanted to pursue his true passion — medical science — he made the decision to transfer to RP and enrol in SAS. RP’s environment and Problem-based Learning (PBL) approach kept him engaged and motivated during his first semester and he worked hard, determined to prove that he was truly passionate about Biomedical Sciences.

His excellent results convinced his parents that this was his true path. Kenneth is currently studying and training to be a doctor at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.

Kenneth Gwee Khye Jie
Diploma in Biomedical Sciences, 2014 Graduate, Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science recipient, Raffles Medical Group Gold Medal Award recipient

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


GCE O-level

Aggregate Type 2018 JAE ELR2B2 Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 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)
  • 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 3 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

With the new opportunities arising in the research, manufacturing, education, medical and healthcare sectors, DBMS graduates are poised to take on roles such as:

  • Biomedical Research Assistant
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical and Laboratory Product Specialist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Quality Control / Quality Assurance 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, DBMS 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

DBMS graduates are ideally placed to pursue a degree in various medical specialisms including biological science, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chemistry, medical science, medical laboratory technology, bioengineering and psychology. A large proportion of our graduates go on to undertake their degrees at top local universities. Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to two years. They include:

  • National University of Singapore

  • Nanyang Technological University

  • Singapore Management University

  • Singapore Institute of Technology

  • Australian National University (Australia) 

  • Monash University (Australia) 

  • Newcastle University (UK) 

  • Queen’s University Belfast (UK) 

  • RMIT University (Australia) 

  • The University of Melbourne (Australia) 

  • The University of Queensland (Australia) 

  • University of Leeds (UK)

Last updated on 21 Aug 2018