Diploma in Biomedical Science (R14)


What You Will Learn

Turn your fascination with the human body's responses to illness into a career in the biomedical science and healthcare sector!

To understand the nature of diseases and how to combat them, you must first comprehend how diseases develop in the human body. The Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBMS) will equip you with the essentials of human anatomy, the molecular and physiological basis of different diseases, and their corresponding treatments.

With access to state-of-the-art facilities and powerful diagnostic technology, your investigative and technical skills will be honed for scientific research and laboratory diagnostics. You will also receive extensive hands-on training through the two Majors — Biomedical Research and Medical Laboratory Technology.

Through DBMS, you can look forward to a rewarding career in the biomedical science and healthcare industry.

"My journey in RP has helped me develop academically and holistically. There were many opportunities to participate in diverse events to hone my leadership skills! The guidance of my facilitators was instrumental in preparing me for where I’m today. I’ll always treasure all the experiences I gained at RP."

D Divarshene works diligently and aspires to be the best at all she does. Being a recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Science and Mathematics, RP Scholarship, module prizes and having been inducted into the Director’s Roll of Honour, these were testimonies of her robust academic performance at RP. As part of her holistic development, Divarshene also represented RP at the Pre-University Seminar 2018 and Anatomy Challenge 2019 and was the overall in-charge for the Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBMS) Welcome Camp.

D Divarshene
Diploma in Biomedical Science, 2020 Graduate, Lee Kuan Yew Award for Science and Mathematics recipient

General Modules

Discipline Modules

Major Modules

Elective Modules

For this diploma programme, students will select one of the following options:

Option A: Select Elective modules totalling 12 Modular Credits (MCs) from the list of modules in the Minor programmes that are applicable to the Diploma and/or from the basket of modules listed below

Option B: Select a Minor Programme

Option C: Select a CET-based Certificate programme and/or Elective module(s) from the list of modules in the Minor programmes that are applicable to the Diploma or from the basket of modules listed below (only for eligible students)

List of Electives for Major in Biomedical Research:

List of Electives for Major in Medical Laboratory Technology:

Learn how you can customise your learning pathways here

Industry Orientation Programme

Option 1: One-Semester Industry Immersion Programme

Select one module from the list below:

Option 2: Two-Semester Industry Immersion Programme

* Some module codes and synopses are pending confirmation and may be subject to change.

GCE O-level

Aggregate Type Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2024 JAE Minimum Entry Requirements/Grade
ELR2B2-C 7 to 12
  • English Language: D7
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): C6
  • Any one of the following subjects: C6
    - Biology
    - Biotechnology
    - Chemistry
    - Food & Nutrition / Nutrition & Food Science
    - Physics
    - 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 Paramedics & Emergency Care

GCE A-Level

Minimum Entry Requirements


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

You can pursue a fulfilling career in healthcare institutions, research laboratories and companies that develop and distribute biomedical products. Look forward to roles such as:

  • Biomedical Research Assistant
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical and Laboratory Product Specialist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Quality Control / Quality Assurance 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 Work-Study Programmes (WSPs).

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, DBMS 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 WSPs. Please visit our Lifelong Learning page to find out more.

Undergraduate Studies

DBMS graduates are ideally placed to pursue a degree in various biomedical and applied science fields including bioengineering, biological science, chemistry, dentistry, medicine, medical laboratory technology, medical science, and psychology. A large proportion of our graduates went on to undertake their degrees at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, Singapore Institute of Technology, and Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to two years. They include: 

  • Deakin University (Australia)
  • Murdoch University (Australia)
  • University of Dundee (UK)
  • University of Liverpool (UK)
  • University of Otago (NZ)

Last updated on 10 Jun 2024