Diploma in Materials Science (R17)

What You Will Learn

Diploma in Materials Science is a dynamic and interdisciplinary course that uses knowledge from chemistry, physics and life sciences to design, process and modify functional materials. You will learn how to innovate new materials and develop processes to manufacture new products. This diploma offers two specialist tracks: Advanced Materials and Biomedical Materials.

In our state-of-the art laboratories, you will gain practical skills in 3D printing, advanced composites, materials processing, nanotechnology and biomaterials. You will also be exposed to the industrial applications of materials science through internships and collaborative projects with private and public organisations.

 

Since graduating with a Diploma in Materials Science in 2011, Su Yin has been honing her knowledge and skills in materials-related fields in companies such as Singapore Test Services and Procter & Gamble, before landing her current job at US-based IMR Test Labs. Together with her team, Su Yin has been instrumental in helping the company achieve various accreditations such as ISO 17025, NADCAP, Pratt & Whitney Codes and GE Aviation Codes.

As a result of her outstanding performance and excellent leadership skills, Su Yin is now a Lead Metallurgical Specialist and Quality Manager, responsible for overseeing the material testing departments of Chemistry, Mechanical and Metallurgy as well as the quality system of her company.

Chew Su Yin
Diploma in Materials Science, 2011 Graduate

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 26

Subject

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
  • NT21 (Architectural Drafting / Building Drafting (Architectural))
  • NT23 (Civil & Structural Drafting / Building Drafting (Civil & Structural))
  • NT24 (Electronics / Electronics Servicing / Electronics (Computer & Networking) / Electronics (Instrumentation) / Electronics (Mobile Devices) / Electronics (Wafer Fabrication) / Electronics (Wireless LAN) / Electronics (Broadband Technology & Services))
  • NT25 (Electro-Mechanical Servicing / Mechatronics / Mechatronics (Automation Technology) / Mechatronics (Equipment Assembly) / Mechatronics (Medical Technology))
  • NT26 (Electrical Fitting & Installation / Electrical Installation & Servicing / Electrical Technology / Electrical Technology (Installation & Servicing))
  • NT27 (Electrical Power & Machines / Electrical Technology (Power & Control) / Electrical Technology (Power & Machines))
  • NT28 (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration / AirConditioning & Refrigeration Mechanics / AirConditioning & Refrigeration Technology)
  • NT29 (Automotive Mechanics (Construction Equipment) / Automotive Technology (Construction Equipment) / Automotive Technology (Heavy Vehicles))
  • NT30 (Maintenance Fitting / Mechanical Servicing / Mechanical Technology)
  • NT31 (Automotive Mechanics (Light Vehicles) / Automotive Technology (Light Vehicles) / Diesel Engine Mechanics / Motor Vehicle Mechanics) 
  • 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))
  • NT40 (Info-Communications Technology / InfoCommunications Technology (Networking & Systems Administration))
  • NT41 (Multimedia Technology)
  • NT42 (Marine Technology / Marine Mechanics)
  • NT43 (Mechanical-Electrical Drafting)
  • NT44 (Digital Media Design / Digital Media Design (Interactive Media))
  • NT45 (Nursing)
  • NT46 (Product Design)
  • NT47 (Communications Technology)
  • NT48 (Precision Engineering (Aerospace))
  • NT49 (Marine Electrical Technology)
  • NT50 (Port Equipment Technology)
  • NT51 (Aircraft Maintenance (Mechanical))
  • NT52 (Digital Animation)
  • NT53 (Aerospace Technology)
  • NT54 (Digital Media Design (Digital Video Effects))
  • NT56 (Digital Audio & Video Production)
  • NT57 (Security Technology)
  • NT58 (Applied Food Science)
  • NT59 (Aerospace Avionics)
  • NT60 (Electrical Technology (Lighting & Sound))
  • NT61 (Facility Technology (Landscaping Services))
  • NT62 (Machine Building Technology / Machine Technology)
  • NT63 (Facility Technology (Mechanical & Electrical Services))
  • NT64 (Medical Manufacturing Technology)
  • NT65 (Space Design (Architecture))
  • NT66 (Space Design (Interior & Exhibition))
  • NT67 (Aerospace Machining Technology)
  • NT68 (Laser & Tooling Technology / Semiconductor Tooling Technology)
  • NT70 (Interactive Media Design)
  • NT71 (Visual Communication)
  • NT72 (Visual Effects)
  • NT73 (Facility Technology (Vertical Transportation))
  • NT74 (Mobile Systems & Services / Infocommunications Technology (Mobile Networks & Applications)
  • NT75 (Rapid Transit Technology)
  • NT76 (Semiconductor Technology / Electronics (Microelectronics))
  • NT77 (Opticianry)
  • NT79 (Info-Communications Technology (Cloud Computing))
  • NT88 (Electronics (Display Technology))
Higher Nitec ≥ 2.0
  • IT21 (Electro - Mechanical Engineering)
  • IT22 (Mechatronics Engineering)
  • IT31 (Electrical Engineering)
  • IT41 (Electronics Engineering / Industrial Electronics Engineering)
  • IT50 (Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Engineering)
  • IT51 (Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Design / Mechanical & Electrical Drafting & Design)
  • IT52 (Mechanical Engineering)
  • IT54 (Mechanical Engineering Drawing & Design)
  • IT55 (Manufacturing Engineering)
  • IT56 (Information Technology)
  • IT57 (Wireless Technology)
  • IT58 (Biotechnology / Biochemical Technology)
  • IT59 (Chemical Technology)
  • IT60 (Marine & Offshore Technology / Marine Offshore Engineering)
  • IT61 (Network Security Technology / Cyber & Network Security)
  • IT62 (Paramedic & Emergency Care)
  • IT63 (Games Design & Development)
  • IT66 (Security System Integration)
  • IT67 (Civil & Structural Engineering Design)
  • IT68 (Facility Systems Design)
  • IT69 (Information Systems Quality)
  • IT70 (Mobile Unified Communications)
  • IT71 (Offshore & Marine Engineering Design)
  • IT72 (Process Plant Design)
  • IT73 (Marine Engineering)
  • IT74 (Aerospace Engineering)
  • IT75 (Advanced Manufacturing / Engineering with Business)
  • IT80 (Space Design Technology)
  • IT85 (Precision Engineering)
  • IT86 (Rapid Transit Engineering)

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

Note:

For more details on admission using Singapore Cambridge GCE A-levels qualifications, please refer to our webpage at www.rp.edu.sg.

Note:

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 DMTS graduate, you will be fully prepared to embark on a career with world-class organisations in a variety of industries such as the aerospace, energy and chemical, medical technology, electronics and automotive sectors. Prepare to take on some of these rewarding positions:

  • Aerospace Industrial Specialist

  • Assistant Engineer

  • Assistant Manufacturing Engineer

  • Laboratory Technologist

  • Quality Assurance Specialist

  • Semiconductor Industrial Specialist

  • Product Development Assistant



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, DMTS 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. Students wanting to deepen their skills in the development, manufacturing, testing and repair of composites materials could explore taking up Specialist Diploma in Advanced Composites. Please visit our lifelong learning page to find out more.

Undergraduate Studies

As a DMTS graduate, you can pursue a degree in a wide range of areas including materials science, biology, chemistry, applied physics, engineering, and biomedical sciences. Two local universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in materials science and engineering. Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with an advanced standing of up to two years. They include:

  • National University of Singapore

  • Nanyang Technological University

  • Australian National University (Australia) 

  • University of Sydney (Australia)

  • University of Adelaide (Australia)

  • University of Western Australia (Australia)

  • University of Technology Sydney (Australia) 

  • University of Wollongong (Australia)

  • University of New South Wales (Australia)

Last updated on 25 Oct 2018