Diploma in Chemical Engineering (T33)

2017 Planned Intake: 150 JAE 2017 Last Aggregate Score: 14

Oil refinery giants, major manufacturers of petrochemicals and specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical giants all have a strong presence in Singapore. These companies, rooted in such diverse fields, have one thing in common — they rely on chemical engineers in all aspects of their operations. 

Chemical engineers are involved in the manufacture of products such as fuel, petrochemicals, cosmetics, plastics, processed foods and medicine so that we can enjoy and reap the benefits of scientific discoveries. They hold crucial responsibilities in the process industry such as running plant operations, designing reactors and process equipment, improving efficiency as well as looking into the safety and environmental aspects of processes. 

This course will equip you with knowledge and skills in chemistry and analytical chemistry, and laboratory techniques so that you will be well trained to do research and testing for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry.  Moreover, you will be trained in chemical process technology, occupational safety and health, and environmental technology so that you will be able operate and optimise manufacturing systems that produces the daily products that we use in our daily lives. 

The extensive scope of this course will prepare you for higher education well. Besides local universities, students can enrol to SIT (Singapore Institute of Technology) for further studies. The University of New South Wales, University College of London, University of Adelaide and many top overseas universities also offer advanced standing to our graduates. You will have opportunities for local or overseas internships at MNCs and reputable institutions. 

 TP students and graduates from this course are responsible and inquisitive. They have a good understanding of process engineering and are able to perform their task well with minimum supervision. They also developed a good and happy relationship with our fellow employees.
—  Lim Kiah Siang
     Training Manager
     Petrochemical Corporation of
     Singapore (Pte) Ltd
Drive to better the lives of others using chemistry


What you will learn

  • Design, develop, invent

    Applied Chemistry

    You like Chemistry and you dream of using your knowledge of Chemistry to create new products or materials. Chemical engineering, in essence, is applied Chemistry. About 30% of our core curriculum is related to Chemistry, which is the highest for a course in TP. Further your interest in Chemistry through our Applied Chemistry Specialisation!
  • Just add water

    Chemical Processing

    Learn all the skills and knowledge in chemical processing that is required to join the Chemical Industry - whether it is designing a chemical reactor to produce perfumes, or fine-tuning (or optimising) a method to separate petrol from crude oil. The Chemical Industry is the HIGHEST PAYING manufacturing industry in Singapore!
  • Research Projects

    Producing Medicines

    Isn’t it cool to know that Chemical Engineers are the people who produce medicines and vaccines taken by you and me? Have fun learning the practices and processes that you should adopt when making medicines through our Pharmaceutical Technology Specialisation!

Notable Features

  • Strong emphasis on Chemistry
  • Promising job prospects in the high-paying Chemical Industry, prestigious Pharmaceutical Industry and emerging Water Industry.
  • Excellent further education opportunities with NUS, NTU and SIT

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:




Applied Chemistry

  • Water Chemistry                                             
  • Applications of Instrumental Analysis    
  • Materials and Nanotechnology                  

Chemical Processing

  • Petrochemical Technology                          
  • Plant Safety and Loss Prevention             
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment           

Pharmaceutical and Biologics Technology

  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Biopharmaceutical Unit Operations        
  • Biosafety

Career Prospects

This course offers you the chance to join the Chemical Industry, which is Singapore’s LARGEST and BEST PAYING manufacturing industry; or the prestigious Pharmaceutical Industry.  Alternatively, if you like Chemistry or research, you can join any one of the many Chemistry or research laboratories in Singapore.

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries

  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Process Technician
  • Quality Control Officer
  • Safety Officer
  • Technical Sales Executive

Chemistry and Research Laboratories

  • Laboratory Technician / Officer
  • Research Assistant

Further Education

Graduates from TP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering will enjoy one of the best further education opportunities in Singapore as three degree programmes running at the Singapore Institute of Technology are directly related to the course.  These include two Chemical Engineering bachelor degree programmes offered by Newcastle University and the Technical University of Munich where students can obtain their bachelor degree  in just two years, and a new Pharmaceutical Engineering programme to be offered directly by SIT from 2015! 

In NUS and NTU, other than Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, our graduates can also apply to a whole range of degree programmes related to materials technology, environmental science and engineering, or any other general degree programme (e.g. arts, business). 

If you choose to study overseas, most of the top overseas universities offer advanced standing to our Diploma graduates. This means that you can complete your degree programme faster by up to two years. More information can be found by using our Diploma to Degree Pathfinder.

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).

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 examines the scientific principles and techniques involved in material and energy balances which are the fundamentals of chemical engineering. Topics include the understanding of units, dimensional analysis and material balance with emphasis on application. Ideal and non-ideal gas laws, gas mixtures and psychometrics will also be studied in relation to engineering applications.


This subject investigates the scientific principles and techniques which are the basic laws of chemical engineering thermodynamics. Further studies into the first and second law of thermodynamics, energy analysis, gibbs free energy, phase equilibrium and chemical reaction equilibrium will be included.


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 additional concepts in organic chemistry with emphasis placed on reaction mechanisms. Topics covered include nucleophilic substitution and dehydrohalogenation of alkyl halides, structure and properties of derivatives of carboxylic acids, condensation reactions in carbonyl compounds, electrophilic aromatic substitution in aromatic hydrocarbons, phenol and aniline.


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 provides the additional theory and practical knowledge of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics include ionic equilibria and calculations, chemical kinetics, chemistry of transition elements, electrochemistry and phase equilibria and phase diagrams.


This subject equips you with the basic applied mathematical concepts and techniques that are essential for your course of study. Topics include the application of statistics and mechanics. The section on statistics covers investigations into basic statistics, sampling distribution, hypothesis testing and analysis of variances. The section on mechanics includes investigations into statistics, kinematics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, circular motion and impulses.


This subject enhances your knowledge of the basic concepts of mathematics and applications in an engineering environment by adopting the problem-solving approach. Topics covered include the types of basic functions, composite and inverse functions, quadratic equations, remainder and factor theorems, partial fractions and basic Calculus.


This subject provides the basic scientific knowledge related to environmental problems and environmental control technology. Topics include water treatment, air pollution and pollution control technology, solid waste management, hazardous waste treatment technology, pollution control strategies and environmental monitoring in Singapore.


This subject is a development from basic engineering principles and covers both Newtonian and non-Newtonian flows, basic equations, fluid flow in pipes and fittings as well as fluidisation and filtration. It also covers the principles and operations of pumps, compressors and their performances. Practicals are included to enhance understanding.


This subject investigates the fundamental scientific principles and techniques in chemical engineering. Selected unit operations which involve diffusion and gas-liquid mass transfer (absorption and humidification), gas-liquid mass transfer (batch and continuous distillation) and liquid-liquid mass transfer (extraction) are discussed.


This subject covers health issues and safety at the workplace. The section on health examines the causes of occupational diseases and their respective controls (heat stress/strain, ventilation, noise and industrial lighting). The section on safety explores topics like machinery safety, electrical safety, hazards of fire and explosion, housekeeping and material handling, personal protection equipment and legislation concerning occupational safety and health.


This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of process control and instrumentation in chemical process industries. Current journals are used to highlight the latest advancement in process control and instrumentation technologies. Topics include process measuring instruments, basic concept of process control and open and closed-loop control systems. In addition, application of control systems in different aspects of chemical processes is covered.


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, a continuation of Engineering Mathematics 1, equips you with the advanced concepts of engineering mathematics that can be applied to an engineering environment using a problem-solving approach. Topics include types of arithmetic and geometric series, convergence, matrices and transformations, trigonometry and differential equations.


This subject investigates the importance of fundamentals of biochemistry and microbiology. Topics covered for biochemistry include the classes of biomolecules, enzymes and major biochemical pathways like the Krebs Cycle and glycolysis. Topics on microbiology include classification of microorganisms, laboratory microbial techniques and microbial nutrition.


This subject examines the scientific principles behind the kinetics of chemical reactions and techniques which are the basic principles of chemical engineering. Further studies into the characteristics of batch reactors, mixed-flow reactors and plug-flow reactors will be carried out. Differences in the behaviour of ideal and non-ideal reactors are also highlighted.


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 Subjects

Applied Chemistry

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the chemistry of water, including acid/base,  precipitation and adsorption. Studying the chemistry of water helps students to understand and improve wastewater and water treatment systems to better protect the natural aquatic environment.


This subject provides the additional knowledge of the principles and applications of some specialised instruments used in the analytical laboratory. Topics include atomic and molecular spectroscopic methods, sampling, data analysis, test method development, test method validation and technique development.


This subject provides key concepts of materials technology and their relevance to the chemical process industry. You will also be exposed to various groups of nanomaterials, their properties and potential applications. Topics include basic concepts of materials property, types of materials, materials corrosion and prevention, and nanotechnology.


Chemical Processing

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the production of petrochemicals from various sources, the basic chemistry of petrochemicals, their usefulness and applications. You will also learn about raw materials and their building blocks and the various processes and unit operations involved in the production of petrochemicals.


This subject examines plant and process safety. Emphasis will be on risk assessment, hazard analysis and the concept of loss prevention in the chemical plant.


This subject covers the classification of industrial wastewaters and the strategies for wastewater treatment to meet trade effluent standards and for resource recovery. Case studies on the unique characteristics and treatment methodology for industries like chemical, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, metal-plating, etc, will be covered.


Pharmaceutical and Biologics Technology

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides the fundamental knowledge and applications of cGMP in the pharmaceutical industries. An overview of cGMP, quality systems, documentation and record keeping, laboratory controls, validation and self-inspection are among the topics that will be covered.


This subject provides an overview of the biopharmaceutical processing, with emphasis on the unique separation and purification processes applied in the biopharmaceutical industry. Examples of such unit operations include chromatography, membrane chromatography and cross flow filtration. Consideration is also given to both analytical and process validation issues that are critical to successful manufacturing.


This subject covers the principles and practices of biosafety in the biopharmaceutical industry, hospitals, research and clinical laboratories.  Students will learn good biosafety practices, and the management of hazards, risks, and threats associated with the handling of infected and non-infected organisms, microbes, biological materials and their derivatives.


Diploma Subjects –Elective Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject equips you with the fundamental knowledge of pharmaceutical downstream manufacturing processes. Topics covered include industrial aspects of drug production, manufacturing techniques and packaging technologies. It also covers solid, liquid and gaseous dosage formulation design and characterisation. The importance of cGMP and the associated regulatory aspects are also covered.


Graduation Requirements

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

85 credit units
min 9 credit units
Cross-Disciplinary Subjects min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 128 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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