Diploma in Biotechnology (R16)

What You Will Learn

Using the fundamentals of biology, this diploma will teach you how to transform the food industry, as well as vaccines and medicines, with the power of biotechnology. You will be at the forefront of pioneering technology to create healthier food, more powerful vaccines and more sustainable biofuels for the future. The course offers two specialist tracks — Biotechnology Research and Food and Nutrition — both of which provide you with the hands-on training and valuable skills you need to ensure success after graduation.

Experience the real-world impact of biotechnology as you embark on industry internships and collaborative projects with major companies such as A*STAR research institutes, National Cancer Centre Singapore, Old Chang Kee Ltd, Wilmar International, and Roche Singapore Technical Operations.

Stephanie graduated in the top five per cent of her cohort in 2013. Her journey to success was far from typical, having entered RP only after completing her ITE studies. She made history when she became the first SAS student from ITE to be awarded the A*STAR Undergraduate Scholarship, granting her direct entry into the second year of the Biological Science programme at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Her performance outside class was equally outstanding. Her initiative and ability to complete assigned tasks promptly during her internship at A*STAR’s Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) resulted in her being offered a permanent position.

Today, Stephanie is well into her PhD studies at NTU. She continues to maintain her excellent academic performance even as she is actively involved in campus life.

Stephanie Victoria Tay Choo Gek
Diploma in Biotechnology, 2013 Graduate, A*STAR Undergraduate Scholarship 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 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 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

As a DBIO graduate, you can pursue rewarding careers in the biopharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, food development, and food supply industries. Equip yourself to take on roles such as:

  • Food Industry and Microbiology Specialist

  • Health Education Officer

  • Quality Control Officer or Quality Analyst in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biomedical, or food companies

  • Research and Development Laboratory Technician

  • Sales and Marketing Representative in the life sciences, biomedical and food industries

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, DBIO 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 DBIO graduate, you can pursue degree programmes in a wide range of subjects such as biotechnology, biological sciences, food and nutrition, chemistry, medical sciences, and business.Every year, a significant percentage of our graduates are accepted into local institutions. Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to two years. Some of these universities are:

  • National University of Singapore (NUS)

  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

  • Singapore Management University (SMU)

  • Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

  • Australian National University (Australia)

  • Monash University (Australia)

  • RMIT University (Australia)

  • The University of Melbourne (Australia)

  • The University of Queensland (Australia)

  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)

  • Newcastle University (UK)

  • University of Dundee (UK

Last updated on 21 Aug 2018