Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences)


About the Course

The Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) provides opportunities for participants to deepen their skills and knowledge needed for a career in the healthcare and biopharmaceutical manufacturing industries.  

Participants have the flexibility to customize their learning according to their interests and needs, and opt to specialise their skills in either quality control or dispensing practice. 

Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:  

  • Support the development, manufacturing, marketing and dispensing of pharmaceuticals and health products 
  • Be better positioned for wage increments and career advancement 

Target Audience

Working adults who are looking to upgrade skills in pharmaceutical sciences.  

What is so unique about the course?

Republic Polytechnic is the only polytechnic offering part-time Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences. You will gain authentic learning experiences through lessons conducted in industry joint facilities such as the pharmaceutical laboratory, teaching dispensary and teaching retail pharmacy. 

Upon completion of this programme, you will gain essential knowledge to prepare you for a meaningful career in the pharmaceutical, biological and healthcare industry.

How often do I need to attend the course?

Lessons will be held 3 times a week at Republic Polytechnic (Woodlands Campus).
The course will commence in October 2020.

Days of Lessons Duration
Wednesday 6:00 pm or 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
 Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm &
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Note: Some lessons will be conducted via e-learning.

What will I get out of this?

I am deeply appreciative to all my lecturers and programme coordinators for their patience, guidance. They have played significant roles in giving moral support, imparting their skills, and knowledge. This course has widened my exposure and perspective on pharmaceutical drugs and diagnosis. I am now well-equipped with essential skillset and expertise required in the industry.
Ms Samantha Wong
Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences), 2020 Graduate

Participants will be awarded the Modular Certificate (MC) upon successful completion of each certificate programme. The Diploma in Applied Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) will be issued upon meeting 50% of attendance requirement and passing all coursework and assessment.

Certification (180 hours) Modules (60 hours)
Drug Development
  1. Dosage Form Design
  2. Pharmaceutical Legislation
  3. Basis of Drug Action
Pharmaceutical Product Distribution
  1. Pharmaceutical and Bio-Chem Supply Chain
  2. Good Distribution Practices
  3. Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing
Pharmaceutical Technology
  1. Pharmaceutical Formulation and Processing
  2. Aseptic Handling Techniques
  3. Non-sterile Compounding

Therapeutic and Complementary Health Products

  1. Dietary Supplements
  2. Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  3. Pharmacotherapeutics
Quality Control Concepts and Techniques
Dispensary Services
  1. Current Good Manufacturing Practices
  2. Good Laboratory Practices
  3. Analytical Instrumentation


  1. Pharmacotherapeutics II
  2. Retail Pharmacy and Clinic Management
  3. Good Dispensing Practice

Module Synopses 

1. Certificate in Drug Development 

Dosage Form Design

This module introduces the various types of pharmaceutical dosage forms, the different routes of drug administration, and drug delivery systems. Participants will be able to relate to the physiological, physical, and chemical factors that influence the choice of medication administration route and dosage form design.

Pharmaceutical Legislation

This concept-driven module places an emphasis on the application of legislation in the pharmaceutical industry and allows participants to appreciate the importance of regulation of various aspects of handling medicines in Singapore.

Basis of Drug Action

This module covers the basic principles of drug action, which include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, various genetic factors, and inter-individual variations that may influence the effects of drugs. It covers basic principles of toxicology and provides an understanding of the mechanisms by which drugs act in the body.
2. Certificate in Pharmaceutical Product Distribution 

Pharmaceutical and Bio-Chem Supply Chain

This module equips participants with the basic understanding of the current issues and challenges faced by the pharmaceutical supply chain industry specifically in the areas of regulations, quality assurance and validation, logistics handling, and transportation. Participants will explore the issues critical to the management of pharmaceutical products in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Good Distribution Practices

This module introduces participants to the regulatory guidelines for proper distribution of pharmaceutical products for human use. Participants will learn about the roles and responsibilities of different players in the distribution/supply chain.

Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing

The module provides an overview of pharmaceutical product value chain which ranges from drug development, regulatory approval, to pre and post launch of a product. It covers factors that impact the marketing strategies, the interdependence of various stakeholders influencing drug launches, and product lifecycle management.
3. Certificate in Pharmaceutical Technology 

Pharmaceutical Formulation and Processing

This module covers basic principles involved in formulation and processing of oral pharmaceutical products. It covers the roles and functions of excipients, the application of physicochemical principles to the preparation of dosage forms, concepts of raw materials and drug standards, and the importance of administrating safe, effective, stable and reliable drug delivery systems.

Aseptic Handling Techniques

This module equips participants with scientific and hands-on skills required in aseptic compounding and quality testing of sterile products. Participants will learn how to prepare total parenteral nutrition, intravenous (IV) admixtures, ophthalmic products and cytotoxic preparations which will be carried out in a clean room.

Non-sterile Compounding

This module provides participants the practical knowledge to integrate the scientific sessions for principles of pharmaceutics and the application to the preparation and compounding of medicines for dispensing. Participants will gain foundations and practice in pharmaceutical calculations and learn to interpret commonly used abbreviations and formulas.
4. Certificate in Therapeutic and Complementary Health Products 

Dietary Supplements

This module covers foundational topics that are important for understanding the need and requirements of dietary supplements among different groups in the population. It covers the differences between dietary supplements and nutrition, diet, nutraceuticals, and functional food. The regulatory and commercial aspects will also be covered.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This module introduces basic understanding of various complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices, its integration, development, and roles in general health and disease management. Participants will learn to appreciate the various theoretical concepts and possible risks associated with CAM practices.


This module covers pharmacotherapy of common ailments and conditions encountered in primary healthcare settings. Participants will acquire skills and knowledge regarding appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) drug treatment, drug information search and interpretation, and information provision on therapeutics and general health products.
5. Certificate in Quality Control Concepts and Techniques (Elective) 

Current Good Manufacturing Practices

This module provides participants with an appreciation of good manufacturing practices (GMP) as a set of guidelines for the regulation of pharmaceuticals, as well as their role in related industries. Participants will learn about facility design and layout and develop skills sets that are widely used in manufacturing industries.

Good Laboratory Practices

This module provides participants a holistic view of current issues in the laboratory setting with a special emphasis on biomedical practices and research ethics. It covers the fundamentals of laboratory information systems, laboratory safety, reference laboratory services and scientific proposal and report writing.

Analytical Instrumentation

This module introduces participants to different analytical techniques, focussing on the basic working principles of the instruments, applications and limitations of the techniques, as well as data analysis. Participants will be exposed to physical and chemical tests used for drug characterisation.
6. Certificate in Dispensary Services (Elective) 

Pharmacotherapeutics II

This module focuses on pharmacotherapy of common chronic diseases (e.g. asthma, diabetes, hypertension and psychiatric disorders etc.). It covers the rational use of therapeutic interventions and treatment plans to manage chronic disease progression. Participants will learn skills related to patient education so as to strengthen the chronic health management and continuity of care to improve patient outcomes.

Retail Pharmacy and Clinic Management

This module focusses on the development of skills relevant to retail pharmacy and private clinics operations. It covers product promotion, retail sales strategies, visual marketing, merchandising, inventory control, customer relationship management, and current new initiatives for patient outreach such as online pharmacy and telepharmacy.

Good Dispensing Practice

This module trains participants to integrate drug knowledge, dispensing and clinical skills, and apply their knowledge through prescription assessment by making interventions and product recommendations, as well as providing specialised counselling for various disease conditions. Participants will learn how to appreciate the possible consequences of medication errors and the methods of preventing them.
 Commencement Date    Duration  Venue  
 October 2020  900 hours, 2.5 years RP ACE @ Woodlands

Application Closing Date: 3 August 2020

Applicants should possess one of the following combinations of qualification and work experience: 

  • 3 GCE ‘O’ Levels passes including English (Grade 1 to 7), Science (Grade 1 to 6) and 1 relevant subject (Grade 1 to 6) with at least 3 years of relevant work experience; 
  • NITEC or NITEC in Technology/Services (GPA 3.5 and above) with at least 2 years of relevant work experience; 
  • Higher NITEC or Higher NITEC in Technology/Services with at least 1 year of relevant work experience; 
  • Relevant WSQ Diploma with at least 3 years of relevant work experience. 

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Singapore Citizen

Fee Subsidy Eligibility Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
SME-sponsored $ 337.50 $ 1,687.50
40 years & above $ 327.42 $ 1,637.10
below 40 years old $481.50 $ 2,407.50

Singapore Permanent Resident

Fee Subsidy Eligibility Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
Self-sponsored $ 1,290.42 $ 6,452.10
SME-sponsored $ 337.50 $ 1,687.50

Non Singapore Citizen/ Permanent Resident

Modular Certificate Net Fee Course Net Fee
$ 3,235.68 $ 16,178.40


  • Payment may be made using SkillsFuture Credit.
  • All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • From 1 July 2020, Workfare Training Scheme (WTS) and fee subsidy under WTS will cease. WTS will be replaced by Workfare Skills Support Scheme (WSS). For more information on WSS, please refer to https://www.wsg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/workfare-skills-support-scheme-individuals.html.

Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice. The commencement of each course is subject to sufficient number of participants. 

All information is accurate at time of publishing.


Last updated on 21 Aug 2020

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Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice.  The commencement of each course is subject to a sufficient number of participants. All information is accurate at time of publishing.