Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology


About the Course

The Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology (SDBT) equips participants with relevant skill sets to support the increasing demand in the field of medical device and technology. Participants will learn the principles, applications, technology and design of medical sensors, devices and instruments commonly used in healthcare and medical technology industry. These include, but are not limited to, cardiac devices, ophthalmological devices, biomedical implant, spirometer, medical imaging instruments, and etc.

Upon completion of both certificates, participants will acquire competency and gain hands-on experience in design, regulation, maintenance, and operation of biomedical devices and equipment.

Target Audience

  • Individuals who are keen to embark on a career in the biomedical technology and healthcare-related industries
  • Working adults who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge to support the growing needs of the biomedical technology industry.
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What is so unique about this programme?

The Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology is a collaboration between Republic Polytechnic (RP) and Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). By the end of the programme, you will gain a strong foundation in biomedical instrumentation and device design. You will also be equipped with the skills and knowledge to support medical professionals.

This programme provides an articulation path for graduates who wish to further their studies with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at SUSS.

How often do I need to attend the course?

Day of Lessons Duration   
Tuesday & Thursday
E-learning (June - October 2023)
6pm/6.30pm - 10.00pm
at SUSS (January - June 2023)
7.00pm - 10.00pm

What will I get out of this?

The programme has definitely broadened my knowledge on biomedical instruments — how it has vastly been developed over the years and the benefits on the users and industry.
Ms Nicole Ng
Graduate, Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology

Participants will be awarded the Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) upon successful completion of each certificate programme. The Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology will be issued upon meeting 50% of attendance requirement and passing the assessment criteria of both PDCs.

Certification (264 hours) Modules

Biomedical Instrumentation (150 hours)

  1. Biomedical Sensors and Measurements (30 hours)
  2. Biomedical Instrumentation and Systems (30 hours)
  3. Medical Imaging (30 hours)
  4. On-the-job training cum Project (60 hours)

Biomedical Device Development

(114 hours)

  1. Biomedical Device (38 hours)
  2. Biomaterials (38 hours)
  3. Human Factors and Systems Design (38 hours)

This includes self-learning hours in the form of e-learning, assessments, case study analysis and revision required by the module.

Module Synopses

1. Post-Diploma Certificate in Biomedical Instrumentation

Biomedical Sensors and Measurements

The aim of this course is to teach students the principles, design and applications of the medical sensors and measurement technology commonly used in the healthcare industry. Fundamental principles of sensors and devices will be covered and systemic analysis and design will also be introduced. The student will also learn about digital healthcare with emphasis on personalized biomedical devices.

Medical Imaging

This course covers various aspects of medical imaging, image processing and visualisation. Topics include X-Ray, Magnetic Resonance, Functional Infrared Thermal imaging and Ultrasonic Imaging, as well as more specialized techniques for dynamic studies of specific body functions. The importance of electronics medical images transmission through cloud and cybersecurity will also be covered in this module.

Biomedical Instrumentation and Systems

The aim of this course is to teach students the principles, design and applications of the medical instruments most commonly used in the healthcare industry. Quantitative methods of analysis are developed including simplifying assumptions to make the students understand and design an instrumentation system for diagnostic and therapeutic medical applications. Integration of systems through Internet of Things (IoT) and the concept of networking will be introduced.

On- the-job training cum project

Students on the ELP track will be involved in an On-the-Job training (OJT) at their place of employment. A project on designing/regulating biomedical devices will be structured with the employer. Students are expected to execute the project at the workplace. Through hands-on experience in designing and improving biomedical devices, students will acquire a greater understanding of progress and advancement of tools used in healthcare. Non-ELP track students will be assigned in-house projects in place of the OJT component.

2. Post-Diploma Certificate in Biomedical Device Development 

Biomedical Device

Students will be introduced to the wide range of biomedical devices such as cardiac devices (including heart valves, stents, pace makers, catheters, etc), dental implants, ophthalmological devices, drug delivery techniques, auditory devices, and diagnostic tools. Students will also learn about sterilisation, evaluation and failure analysis of implants and medical devices.

Human Factors and Systems Design

This module is about understanding human strengths and limitations as well as designing systems that fit them. It gives students an overview of the underlying philosophy, aims and approaches of human centered system design. Students are introduced to the human sensory and physiological systems and cognitive processes. They are exposed to basic principles of designing and evaluating workplaces and interfaces. Issues on accidents, human error and safety design are also covered in this course.


The course aims to provide students with a general understanding of a wide range of biomaterials made from appropriate metals, ceramics, and polymers (including natural and synthetic polymers). Included in the course are relevant fundamental details that link factors such as bonding, structure, processing parameters and microstructures to the properties of biomaterials. These fundamentals will equip students to understand the mechanical, chemical and physical behaviour of materials when used in biomedical applications.

Credit Exemption

Participants who have completed the Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology qualification may be granted credits exemption of up to one year towards completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, at Singapore University of Social Sciences.


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Applicants should possess at least a local diploma qualification or equivalent in Engineering or Sciences from recognised institution.

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.


Please click on the "Register" button to view the updated course schedule and fees on the Skills Training & Enhancement Portal (STEP).

Last updated on 28 Dec 2023

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