Diploma in Marine Science & Aquaculture (R53)

What You Will Learn

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 how to manage marine and aquatic health. 

Discover the world under the waves with a hands-on approach to learning. 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. After you have learned the essential skills to help you conserve and manage complex marine ecosystems, you can apply your knowledge in real-world challenges through work attachments at marine and aquaculture-related businesses and research institutes.

Pursuing the Diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture seemed like a natural choice as lliya has always loved the ocean. His decision to combine his passion with his studies has served him well so far. His excellent academic performance during his first year has earned him the Freshmen Scholarship, the Diploma Prize and more recently, the SEA Aquarium Scholarship.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Iliya also finds time to participate in after-school activities. He is the President of RP’s Drama IG, which enables him to expand his leadership skills and further explore the management side of theatre. His love for the ocean led him to obtain an advanced diving licence and, in his free time, he enjoys going on diving trips with his friends to observe marine life up close. He also volunteers at the SEA Aquarium. Through such experiences and exposure, he hopes that he will be one step closer to fulfilling his dreams of charting a career in marine sciences and saving the oceans on a larger scale.

Iliya Izzudin B Jalil
Diploma in Marine Science & Aquaculture, Year 3

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type 2018 JAE ELR2B2 Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 15


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 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

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 21 Aug 2018