Specialist Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Technology

The aim of the part-time Specialist Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Technology programme is to prepare or re-profile graduates for work in the pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical and related industries. It also serves as a platform for individuals who are already working in a related industry to upgrade or update their skills and knowledge.

On completion of the course, graduates will have:

  • theoretical and practical knowledge/skills to work in a manufacturing facility for the biopharmaceutical industry; and
  • knowledge in Good Manufacturing Practice so that they are better prepared for work in the pharmaceutical industry

Target Participants
This course is targeted at diploma graduates and PMEs who are keen to enter the field of pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical and related industries.

 Course Information

Course Date:

14 October 2019

Course Duration:

Part-Time / 1 year

This course consists of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC)

Course Frequency:

3 times a week, 7pm to 10pm on weekdays (usually Mon, Tue & Thu)

Application Period:

29 April 2019 - 30 June 2019

 Course Fees

Course Fee Per Post-Diploma Certificate

Workfare Training Scheme (WTS)1 


SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens


Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above


Singapore Citizens aged below 40


Singapore Permanent Residents


Others & Repeat Students


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(nett fee payable inclusive of GST)
1Please refer to www.workfare.sg for more information on WTS
MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.
Fees payable is based on per PDC.
The course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

 Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to take up technical and executive positions in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and related supporting industries.

 Contact Us


Temasek SkillsFuture Academy 
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)

What You Will Learn

To be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Technology, participants are required to complete a total of 2 post-diploma certificates (PDCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each PDC.

Post- Diploma Certificate in Upstream Bioprocess Manufacturing

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the principles of cell culture technology for the production of biologics for therapeutic purposes.  It emphasizes the importance of media preparation, aseptic procedures, cell bank preparation and the application of different cell culture processes in biopharmaceuticals production.  In addition, the subject also discusses different analytical techniques for measuring the quantity and quality of products in a culture.


This subject covers the different operations involved in the use of bioreactors, with emphasis on process monitoring, inoculation and aseptic sampling.  Other operations covered include the setup, cleaning and sterilisation of bioreactors.  In addition, the subject also deals with the different types of bioreactor processes.


This subject focuses on the concept of quality systems, emphasizing the relationship between QA, GMP and QC and their fundamental importance to the production and control of biopharmaceutical products. It also emphasizes on how a Validation Master Plan (VMP) should be prepared and highlights the typical manufacturer’s overall validation philosophy and approach to establish documented evidence such that the facility, equipment and test methods are suitable for their intended use.

Post- Diploma Certificate in Downstream Bioprocess Manufacturing

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides an overview of the downstream processing of biologics for therapeutic purposes. The subject will focus on the principles and techniques involved in centrifugation, cell disruption and different forms of filtration including tangential flow filtration.


This subject focuses on the principles and techniques involved in purification by chromatography. The use of different analytical techniques to evaluate the safety, purity, quality, bioactivity and yield of the product will also be covered. The techniques include ELISA, SDS PAGE and western blot method. It will also cover the importance of GMP in downstream processing.

Modes of Assessment

  • Assignments
  • Written Tests
  • Reports
  • Quizzes

Minimum Entry Requirements

 At least a Polytechnic diploma in Science or Engineering, or equivalent;

 Holders of other equivalent academic qualifications from foreign institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

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Application Procedures & Enquiries

Submit on-line application via: https://cetoas.tp.edu.sg/Account/Logon

Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
Temasek Polytechnic
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)
21 Tampines Ave 1
Singapore 529757

Opening Hours
8.30 am to 7.00 pm (Mon to Fri)
Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Contact Details
Tel: 6788 1212
Email: tsa_acadcet@tp.edu.sg
URL: http://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa

Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

Last updated 1 November 2017