School of Applied Science

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists


Have you ever wondered how Science & Technology drive advancement in industries? Focusing on healthcare, food, and the chemical life sciences, Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Applied Science (ASC) offers a spectrum of opportunities for hands-on learning.


Prepare yourself for Experiential Learning and Industry-relevant Training that go beyond textbooks. With guidance from industry practitioners and our expert faculty members, you will grow with us academically and professionally.


ASC is a vibrant community where innovation flourishes. Join us to unlock your potential and jointly shape the future of the applied science industries. Are you ready to embark on a Seriously Fun journey with us?



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Diploma Courses

Begin your journey with us.  Select from our 5 ability-driven diplomas or take up the Common Science Programme that provides you the opportunity to explore and discover your passion to pursue your dream career!

Common Science Programme (T70)

Temasek Polytechnic's Common Science Programme is your opportunity to discover which of our science-related courses is the best fit for you! Learn more...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE): 7 - 11 points
2024 Planned Intake: 110
Diploma in Chemical Engineering (T33)

Temasek Polytechnic's Diploma in Chemical Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that includes the sciences, mathematics and engineering. Enrol today...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE): 6 - 14 points
2024 Planned Intake: 120
Diploma in Food, Nutrition & Culinary Science (T26)

Be part of the healthy, sustainable and delicious food revolution! Join Temasek Polytechnic's Diploma in Food, Nutrition & Culinary Science today.

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE): 5 - 11 points
2024 Planned Intake: 45
Diploma in Medical Biotechnology (T64)

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE): 3 - 9 points
2024 Planned Intake: 70
Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (T25)

Prepare for a rewarding career in the pharmaceutical industry with Temasek Polytechnic's Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science today. Learn more now.

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE): 6 - 10 points
2024 Planned Intake: 70
Diploma in Veterinary Technology (T45)

Turn your love for animals into a career and enjoy every day that you work! This course combines theory with hands-on experience to equip you with the...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE): 3 - 9 points
2024 Planned Intake: 45


Chemical Pilot Plant – Integrated Plant for Sustainable Processes 

The Chemical Pilot Plant (CPP) provides an authentic and realistic environment to train our full-time students and adult learners in safe plant operations and maintenance. The plant has been designed to simulate up-to-date industry operations while adhering to industry and safety standards. Equipped with Augmented Reality, the plant provides for enhanced visualisation, immersive training and interactive learning experience for students. CPP was specially designed and arranged under four sectors: Biodiesel Production, Wastewater Treatment, Safety Training Sector and Distributed Control Room. This plant exemplifies sustainable waste-to-resource strategy and was officially launched on 30 May 2024.


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Jointly administered by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) in partnership with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the TP-SUTD Pathway Programme (PP) allows students enrolled in the School of Applied Science’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering to take modules taught by SUTD while studying for their diploma, and to earn credits which are recognised for degree programmes offered by SUTD.


By taking SUTD modules in your final semester at TP, alongside first-year SUTD students, you can complete your SUTD degree one year ahead of your peers!


Discover some meaningful projects that help prepare our students for a rewarding career in the healthcare, food, chemical and life sciences industries.


ASC prides itself with the many achievements garnered by our students in both their academic and non-academic pursuits.

Centres of Excellence

Working synergistically to achieve optimal growth, ASC’s centres of excellence/innovation help to provide solutions to meet the needs of their related industries, whilst providing real-life opportunities through interdisciplinary learning for both staff and students.

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What is unique about the teaching pedagogy adopted at the School of Applied Science? How is it different from other polytechnics?

What is unique about the teaching pedagogy adopted at the School of Applied Science? How is it different from other polytechnics?

The success of our graduates is largely the result of the real life experiences we offer our students on campus – a unique way of training students – not only through the usual classroom and laboratory settings, but also through real life projects and learning enterprises which simulates real life work environment.

At the School of Applied Science, we adopt the “Learning Enterprise” approach. The concept of Learning Enterprises as an innovative teaching approach is developed from TP’s philosophy of ‘bringing education to life and life to education’. The Learning Enterprise offers students an insight into how science and technology lead to competitive advantages for businesses. The Learning Enterprise serves as a platform to test concepts of new products, services and businesses, and eventually for a business spin-off.

What is the academic structure for students in the School of Applied Science?

What is the academic structure for students in the School of Applied Science?

The academic architecture in the School of Applied Science aims to develop collaborative and self-directed learning skills for our students to be life-long learners through real-life and applied learning experiences.  One notable outcome of this is the smooth transition of student interns into companies as employees. 

The academic architecture of the School of Applied Science emphasises:

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

Final-year students will be required to read an Elective Cluster offered by the School. The Elective Clusters to be offered by the various courses, and the subjects under these clusters, are summarised below:




Applied Nutrition

  • Central Kitchen Operations
  • Metabolism & Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

Food Technology

  • Central Kitchen Operations
  • Food Processing & Packaging


Clinical Laboratory Practice

  • Blood Banking
  • Clinical Chemistry

Translational Medical Science

  • Translational Medical Science


  • Bioinformatic Analysis

Functional Plant Technology

  • Plant Cell & Cultivation Technology


Applied Chemistry

  • Chemical and Material Testing
  • Laboratory Analysis and Management

Chemical Processing

  • Petrochemical Plant Processes
  • Plant Safety and Loss Prevention             

Pharmaceutical and Biologics Technology

  • GMP in Pharmaceuticals/ Biologics
  • Biopharmaceutical Processing     

Semiconductor Technology (jointly offered by ASC and ENG)

  • IC Process Integration
  • Cleanroom Equipment & Technology
  • Good Manufacturing Practices Implementation

SUTD Pathway Programme University Modules

  • Students take SUTD modules in Year 3, alongside first-year SUTD students. Get a one-year head start to complete an SUTD degree.   


Pharmacy Practice

  • Pharmaceutical Legislation, Marketing and Management
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice

Pharmaceuticals and Biologics

  • Pharmaceutical Unit Operations
  • Biopharmaceutical Processing



  • Animal Science and Technology
  • Animal Reproduction & Development


  • Aquaculture Technology
  • Aquaculture Product Quality and Safety