Diploma in Biomedical Science (T27)

2017 Planned Intake: 50 JAE 2017 Last Aggregate Score: 9

Play a part in the research and development of new methods for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Study Biomedical Science and you will understand how the human body functions, how diseases occur, and how we can cure and prevent them.

Singapore is poised to be a global hub for biomedical and clinical sciences. The local biomedical sciences sector is growing rapidly with increasing foreign direct investment that boosts job opportunities in clinical laboratory testing, clinical trials as well as research and development. Singapore’s thrust to be the region’s medical hub with world-class healthcare services emphasises the need for quality trained technologists in clinical laboratories and clinical research. This course puts you in demand!

You begin by learning the foundational sciences to understand the biology and chemistry of health sciences. You will study, among other things, the inner workings of living cells, the biological processes involving proteins and enzymes, the structure, parts and functions of the human body, and the world of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms. You will progress to learn the nature, causes and progression of human diseases, our biological responses and defences, and diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be provided. You will ultimately build your strength in the testing, diagnosis, management and prevention of diseases.

This course emphasises learning through established collaborative training with industry/ hospitals, taught by experienced teaching staff and industry practitioners. The compulsory structured internship in relevant industries carried out concurrently with major projects helps you to experience real working life and allows you to apply theory to practice on actual industry projects for different population groups, assess their nutritional status, develop nutrition education programmes, and understand the management of diet-related diseases.

 We are impressed by the quality of TP’s students who are attached to SGH pathology laboratories annually. They demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment, diligence and a positive attitude throughout the period of their attachments. The skills that they have acquired in the laboratories will put them in good stead to commence work almost immediately as laboratory or medical technologists in hospitals and clinical laboratories upon graduation. With more hospitals being developed and a rapidly ageing population, there is a very strong demand for graduates embarking on such careers.
—  Dr Alvin Lim Soon Tiong
     Assistant Director, Department of Pathology, SGH
     Director of Allied Health Education,
    SingHealth Duke-NUS Pathology Academic
    Clinical Programme
    Adjunct Associate Professor,
    Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
    Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences,
Benefit humanity with the knowledge of our bodies


What you will learn

  • Help Doctors to Heal Patients

    Help Doctors to Heal Patients

    Passionate about helping to heal the sick? You will acquire the scientific skills to help doctors save lives! You’ll learn all about the nature and cause of diseases, including abnormalities of diseased organs.
  • Investigate Microscopic Body of Evidence

    Investigate Microscopic Body of Evidence

    What hidden secrets lie in an innocent-looking urine sample – unseen by the naked eye? Enter the world of a medical laboratory where the mysteries of disease and the human body are unlocked! Learn how microbes - those organisms usually too small to be seen by the naked eye, such as bacteria and viruses - influence and interact with humans, animals, plants, and the environment.
  • Feel the Pulse of the Healthcare Industry

    Feel the Pulse of the Healthcare Industry

    You get to work in a real hospital setting in a year-long programme – there’s no better way to feel the pulse of the billion-dollar healthcare industry.

Notable Features

  • Year-long collaborative training programme with major hospitals & guest lectures by practising physicians
  • Small cohort ensures all students receive the most comprehensive hands-on laboratory training

Academic Architecture

The Academic Architecture of the School of Applied Science emphasises the following:

  • Building a strong foundation core among first year students
  • Strengthening key concepts and skills in the diploma-specialised content among second year students
  • Enhancing applied learning for final year students

The Academic Architecture also aims to develop collaborative and self-directed learning skills for our students to be life-long learners through more real-life and applied learning experiences.  One notable outcome of this is the smooth transition of student interns into companies as employees.   

Elective Cluster Subjects

Students will be required to read an Elective Cluster offered by the School. The Elective Clusters to be offered by this course, and the subjects under these clusters, are summarised below:




Laboratory Medicine

  • Haematology  
  • Blood Banking                                                 
  • Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance               

Clinical Research

  • Patient Recruitment and Management 
  • Research Methods and Bioethics
  • Quality Management and Legislation

Career Prospects


  • QA / QC Technologist
  • R&D Technologist
  • Sales & Marketing Executive


  • Medical Technologist
  • R&D Technologist
  • Sales & Marketing Executive

Further Education

Graduates from Temasek Applied Science School (ASc) are able to gain entry into various degree courses offered by United Kingdom, Australian and local universities. Most of the top overseas universities offer advanced standing to our Diploma graduates. See Tables below for examples of such universities. This could typically mean one to two years’ exemption from their bachelor degree programmes, depending on their overall grades for their three years of the diploma course and the field of study chosen at the university.

Our graduates may also apply for admission to NUS, NTU and SMU. Please refer to their respective websites for more information. For NUS Level 1 subjects, diploma graduates may apply for subject placement tests. Exemptions from Level 1 subjects would be granted only if students pass the relevant subject placement tests.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
One of the following Science subjects: Grades 1-6
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics, Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA  

* Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/ Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language subject (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).

Note: Applicants with partial or complete colour appreciation deficiency are not eligible to apply.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject is intended to prepare students to communicate effectively and persuasively in the workplace. They will acquire skills to manage their communication for cohesive interpersonal and work-related relationships, and learn how to deliver effective presentations. The topics include interpersonal and team skills, meeting skills, and oral presentation skills.


This subject is intended to prepare students to communicate scientific information through writing. The topics include information literacy and research, proposal/report writing, and poster production.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


This subject is intended to prepare students with effective job search skills such as writing resumes and cover letters, grooming and deportment and interview techniques. It also includes relevant business correspondence skills in the context of the applied science workplace.


This programme involves attachment at industries related to your course of study. You are expected to undertake various activities discussed with and assigned by the participating host organisations. The programme enables you to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the course of your study to solve practical problems in the real workplace. Emphasis is also placed on training of transferable skills such as teamwork, interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.


Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the knowledge of human physiology. It introduces common terms, concepts, fundamental procedures and applications used in physiology. Topics include circulatory, respiratory, hepatic, renal and endocrine physiology, and neurophysiology.


This subject covers the biology of cells of higher organisms: structure-function relationships of cellular membranes and internal organelles, cell cycle and cell division; transport mechanisms and cell communication, cell motility and the cytoskeleton and cell death. You will also acquire basic laboratory skills.


This subject investigates the properties of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, and their significance in biological systems. It aims to provide an overview of metabolism and emphasises the relationship between anabolism and catabolism, and their role in maintaining life.


This subject provides the basic concepts in organic chemistry which correlate the structure of organic molecules with their properties of the functional groups. Topics covered are classification of organic compounds, structure and properties of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, amines and stereochemistry. Emphasis will be on the applications of organic compounds and their derivatives, and their impact on the chemical related industries.


This subject provides the basic theory and practical knowledge of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics include fundamentals of chemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic table and periodicity, nomenclature, stoichiometry and equilibria concepts of a chemical reaction.


This subject equips you with the basic mathematical techniques that are essential for your course of study. Algebra, differentiation, integration, linear regression and their applications are some topics that are covered.


This subject provides you with the basic statistical techniques that are essential for your course of study. Topics covered include basic probability and distributions, basic statistics, sampling distribution, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and chi-square testing.


This subject provides you with a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include anatomy of human organs and organ systems and their functions.


This subject investigates the importance of basic microbiology and its relevance to the food and biotechnology industries. Topics covered include the microbial world, procaryotes and eucaryotes, cultivation and growth of microorganisms, nutritional requirements and microbiological media and control of microorganisms.


This subject covers the basics of biostatistics to apply statistics into clinical practice by converting clinical and laboratory experiences into quantitative statements. The topics covered include statistical tools to summarize data, test for differences between test groups, analyse rates and proportions, establish or validate confidence intervals, and test for trends. It also covers the application of biostatistics into different clinical cases.


This subject focuses on the pathophysiological changes in disease and the application of clinical chemistry concepts for diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring and screening of disease


This subject covers the basic knowledge, principles and skills of histotechnology. Topics include fixation, decalcification, tissue processing, microtomy, frozen sections, staining and diagnostic cytopathology.


This subject focuses on the principles of Biochemistry by building on concepts learnt from Organic Chemistry 1 and Biomolecules. You will be introduced to the basics of bioenergetics before progressing to studying energy metabolism pathways and their regulation. The individual pathways will then be integrated together to give you a holistic view of energy metabolism.


The subject covers the basic concepts of immunology from components of the immune system to specific and non-specific immune responses to infections as well as aberrant immune activities like autoimmunity and hypersensitivity. It also deals with the use of immune cells and mediators for prophylaxis and treatment of diseases, as well as immunological techniques that are used for diagnosis of diseases and research.


This subject teaches both the theoretical knowledge and practical techniques of molecular genetics using the E. coli system as a model. Topics covered include DNA structure, replication, transcription, translation, mutations, and regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes.


This subject provides you with the basic theoretical and practical knowledge of Molecular Biology. Topics include the molecular biology techniques, gene regulation in eukaryotes, eukaryotic viruses, genetics and cancer.


This subject provides basic theoretical and practical knowledge of mammalian cell culture. Topics covered include cell culture techniques, prevention and contamination control, isolation of primary cell from tissue, working in a tissue culture laboratory and applications of animal cell culture in biotechnology such as hybridoma generation.


This subject covers the host-microbe interactions with emphasis on infectious diseases in humans. It includes various modes of transmission, diagnosis, prevention and control of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites


This subject provides the basic knowledge of the principles and applications of some instruments commonly used in chemical industries. Topics include measurement uncertainty, sampling techniques, sample pre-treatment, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, gas chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography and atomic absorption spectroscopy.


This subject provides a framework for you to solve practical problems, conduct research work and/or develop studies, through a self-managed project. The scope of the subject includes project proposal, investigative studies, analysis, interpretation of results, written report and presentation.


Diploma Subjects - Elective Cluster Subjects

Elective Cluster Subjects

Students will be required to read an Elective Cluster offered by the School. The Elective Cluster/s to be offered by the course, and the subjects under the cluster/s, are summarised below:

Laboratory Medicine

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject equips you with the theoretical foundation and practical skills in haematology. Topics covered include the structure and function of red blood cells and haemoglobin, development of blood cells, haematology procedures, laboratory investigations of anaemia, haemoglobinopathies, thalassaemia, haemostasis, blood parasites and haematopoietic stem cell disorders.


This subject focuses on the laboratory management and quality assurance applicable in clinical laboratories. Topics include laboratory automation, statistical methods and safety regulations practised in all clinical laboratories. The role of different quality programmes involved in monitoring of quality assurance standards will also be included.


This subject provides the basic knowledge of blood banking and covers the theoretical, practical and clinical aspects of blood transfusion. There is emphasis on the application of immunologic principles as applied to blood grouping, tissue typing and compatibility testing. It also stresses the importance of laboratory quality control and clinical considerations in transfusion practices.


Clinical Research

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the recruitment procedures and management of participants including children, healthy individuals, critically ill and elderly patients into clinical research projects or clinical trials. The topics covered include the recruitment procedures and protocols, effective communication skills and methods to obtain informed consent from patients or immediate family members.  The management of these participants and proper conduct during the clinical research or trials will also be covered.


This subject covers the different aspects required in performing clinical research or clinical trials using case-studies.  The topics covered include research governance, monitoring, audit and inspection process in clinical research, the awareness and use of Singapore Guideline for Good Clinical Practice, apply the techniques of obtaining informed consent when required, methods for safe-keeping of documents required in clinical trials and writing a research protocol for grant application.  Basic ethical issues involved in conducting clinical research will also be covered.  Other topics covered include roles of regulatory bodies in Singapore (HSA and MOH) and Institutional Review Board (IRB), purpose of adherence to ethical guidelines and procedures, and principles of research ethics.


This subject covers the research quality management in clinical trials and an overview of the legal framework and regulatory requirements. The topics covered include the roles and responsibilities for the members in Institutional Review Boards to ensure quality assurance in clinical research, responsibilities of all members in the team to conduct quality clinical research, patients’ rights protection, maintenance of patients’ confidentiality, and ethical issues involving the sharing of information between research groups. Legislation such as Data Protection Act and Singapore Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (SG-GCP) will also be covered.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Core Subjects 25 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects
- Elective Subjects

84 credit units
min 9 credit units
Cross-Disciplinary Subjects min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 127 credit units

Cross-Disciplinary Subjects

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 9 credit units from the list of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects.

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