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Course Overview

Chemical engineers play a crucial role in making clean energy, reducing waste, creating eco-friendly chemicals, ensuring clean water, as well as developing formulation and processing of drugs and medicines. Their diverse contributions safeguard our environment and make significant strides in addressing global challenges such as poverty and disease.


In this multidisciplinary field of mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and engineering, you'll discover how raw materials are processed to create the products used in our daily lives. These include fuels, paints, biodegradable plastics, medicines, cosmetics, personal care products, food, water, and many others. Your education goes beyond classrooms and laboratories. You'll also undergo work-based learning in our state-of-the-art facilities to acquire a range of scientific and engineering skills and a six-month internship to apply your knowledge and skills in the industry.


In Year 3, choose your specialisation in Applied Chemistry, Sustainable Energy & Chemical Production, Pharmaceuticals & Biologics Manufacturing, Semiconductor Technology or Technical Sales & Marketing. In addition, you have the option to join the University Pathway Programme (SUTD), which allows you to take university modules during your final year and gain conditional admission into Singapore University of Technology and Design, shortening the time needed to get your degree. The holistic training in this course will enable you to embark on a rewarding career in many growing sectors, including petrochemical, speciality chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, semiconductor, environment and water industries.


Get the opportunity to attain the below certification(s) throughout the course of your study:

  • bizSAFE Level 2 certification
  • Chemical Safety Awareness Course (recognised by WSH Council)
  • Biological Safety Awareness Course (recognised by WSH Council)

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.


English Language (ELT)*


Mathematics (E or A)


Any one of the following subjects

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Food & Nutrition / Nutrition & Food Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry , Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
2024 Planned Intake
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE)
6 - 14

* 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).

Admissions Exercises


What You'll Learn

You will begin your journey by building a strong broad-based foundation through core subjects ranging from microbiology, cell biology, mathematics to conservation, nutrition and workplace safety.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AMB1005 Basic Microbiology

This subject investigates the important fundamentals of microbiology and its relevance to the food, biomedical and biotechnology industries. It covers the types of microorganisms, their cultivation and growth as well as their control.

AMT1004 Cell Biology & Biochemistry

This subject introduces the biology of cells and the structure-function relationship of cells, cellular membranes and organelles. It covers basic concepts of organic chemistry and the structure-property relationship of essential biomolecules. Basic laboratory skills involving the study of cell structures with the use of cell staining and microscopy techniques, as well as basic biochemical analysis will also be introduced.

AMA1009 Digitalisation in Applied Science

This subject covers the basic concept of data analytics as well as the processes of data cleaning, processing and visualisation of data in the contexts of applied science. Basic coding and fundamental computational thinking constructs such as variables, data type and logic will also be addressed.

APH1004 Laboratory & Workplace Safety

This subject covers an introduction to Good Laboratory Practice, and the identification and classification of biological, chemical, physical and ergonomic hazards at the workplace and laboratories. It also involves the conduct of risk assessment, risk controls and monitoring as well as communication of these risks to all persons involved in compliance with the Workplace Safety and Health (Risk Management) Regulations.

AMA1003 Mathematics for Applied Science

This subject covers algebra, differentiation, integration and their applications in applied science contexts.

ANT1005 Nutrition & Health

This subject examines the relationship between food, nutrition and health. It provides an introduction to macro- and micro- nutrients in relation to the well-being of the human body. It covers food sources of these nutrients and their interrelationships as well as the use of basic nutritional tools like My Healthy Plate, food composition tables and online nutritional databases for basic nutritional analysis.

ACH1009 Principles of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry 1

This subject covers the basic theory and practical knowledge of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics include fundamentals of chemistry, atomic structure and chemical bonding, stoichiometry and equilibria concepts of a chemical reaction.

AMA1004 Statistics for Applied Science

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.


Your journey into the exciting field of chemical engineering begins with learning the principles of chemical processing to understand how chemicals are processed into everyday products such as petroleum, plastics and toiletries.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ACE2013 Chemical Reaction Engineering

This subject examines the scientific principles behind the kinetics of chemical reactions and techniques which are the basic principles of chemical engineering. This subject examines the scientific principles behind the kinetics of chemical reactions and techniques which are the basic principles of chemical engineering.

ACE1005 Chemical Thermodynamics

This subject covers the basic laws of thermodynamics in chemical industry context with applications on closed and steady flow systems, phase equilibria, thermodynamic cycles and the use of empirical tables such as Steam tables. An introduction to the thermodynamic diagrams of pure substance and partial properties of mixtures will also be included.

AMA2003 Engineering Mathematics

This subject covers the mathematical concepts and techniques which are essential for solving chemical engineering problems.  The topics covered include matrices, trigonometry, first order differential equations and second order differential equations.

ACE1004 Mass & Energy Balance

This subject covers scientific principles and techniques involved in mass and energy balances which form the fundamentals of Chemical Engineering.  The topics covered include the understanding of dimensions in measurements of concentrations of liquids, gases and vapour systems, the development of process flow diagrams and the application of mass and energy balances to various chemical process systems.

ACH1011 Organic Chemistry

This subject covers 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 placed on the applications of organic compounds and their derivatives, and their impact on the chemical-related industries.

ACE2018 Plant Processes and Renewable Energy

This subject covers fundamental concepts and practical skills required for operations of a chemical plant from a sustainable perspective. Students will acquire skills in practising safety, operations, sampling, and analysis, waste treatment, process and productivity Improvement and industrial automation. Topics such as renewable energy and environmental technology will also be covered. 

ACE2015 Process Control & Instrumentation

This subject covers the basic concepts and principles of process control and instrumentation in chemical process industries. Topics include process measuring instruments, basic concept of process control and open and closed-loop control systems.

ACE2016 Unit Operations

This subject covers the basic principles of selected unit operations in chemical engineering. The topics include fluid transportation, fluidisation, filtration, heat transfer and evaporation. It also covers the quantitative analysis of these operations in problem scenarios which involve extensive use of empirical charts. An introduction to the applications of the selected unit operations is also included.


This year, you will get to apply what you have learned so far, in your internship! You will get to choose your specialisation in Applied Chemistry, Sustainable Energy & Chemical Production, Pharmaceuticals & Biologics Manufacturing, Semiconductor Technology and Technical Sales & Marketing, as well as an option to further your education and develop more skills.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AMP3018 Major Project

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 Elective Cluster Subjects

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ACE3017 Laboratory Analysis & Materials Testing

This subject covers the use of specialized instruments in analytical laboratories, data analysis, and method validation. It also includes an introduction to laboratory management and ISO/IEC 17025 requirements. Additionally, the subject explores the connection between material properties and their atomic structures, covering material corrosion and testing requirements.


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ACE3018 Sustainable Energy & Chemical Processing

This subject covers sustainable energy production processes, including biodiesel, solar, wind, and hydrogen. It also includes topics such as energy efficiency, carbon-capture/abatement technologies, and plant safety. Additionally, the subject explores the production processes of specialty chemicals and petrochemicals, with an overview of their chemistry, applications, and maintenance.


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
APH3023 Pharmaceuticals & Biologics Process Technology

This subject covers the upstream and downstream processes involved in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and biologics in compliance with the current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) principles and guidelines. The subject also covers the safety practices, hazard management and current trends in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and biologics. 


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
EMI2008 IC Process Integration

This subject covers the basic concepts of IC, IC fabrication and IC wafer fabrication, as well as producing process flow, conceptual mask layouts and test structures for CMOS process. It also covers the basic concepts of process in-line monitoring and characterisation of basic solid state devices. 

EMI3005 Cleanroom Equipment & Technology

This subject introduces contamination control in a cleanroom and the factors to control the environment. It includes wafer plant facilities, process equipment and vacuum technology. Practical training includes appreciating the environment in the cleanroom, identifying the various components of a deionised water purification plant and operating vacuum pumps and systems.

ACE3014 Good Manufacturing Practices Implementation

This subject covers the fundamental knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices Implementation (GMPI) for the semiconductor industry. Topics include introduction to principles of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), application of GMP in a cleanroom environment, and process monitoring and control.


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
EMA3002 Modelling & Analysis

The main objective of this subject is to provide students firm foundations of single variable calculus so that they can apply calculus to model, solve and analyse applied math problems. It aims to motivate students on the importance of calculus through a plethora of applications in engineering, physical and biological sciences, computer science, finance, economics, probability and statistics and other topics. On top of the basic concepts, techniques and applications of two branches of calculus - differentiation and integration, students will also learn to use simple software to implement numerical methods in calculus.

ESC3002 Physical World

This subject provide students with the ability to understand and explain the inner mechanism of the physical world based on the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics. It aims to help students appreciate the beauty of physics and enable them to apply key concepts learnt to evaluate and address physics-based problems to make a positive impact on the world. By using concepts established through simplified mathematical models, reverse engineering case studies and experiential learning through hands-on demonstrations, connections between physics concepts and theoretical models are reinforced with practice.

ESE3015 Computational Thinking for Design

This subject covers programming both in the architectural design and computing contexts targeted at novice programmers. It will introduce students to programming and design computing skills that are essential for their studies. Students will learn visual programming and python programming together with design concepts, and will apply these skills in related projects.

ECS3003 Global Humanities: Literature, Philosophy & Ethics

This subject examines stories as a way to understand ourselves and our world.  Some of these stories have endured for centuries and spread far beyond their locus of origin.  They raise questions that resonate with our lives even today.  This subject will equip you with critical reading, thinking, and writing skills by exploring different ways of reading and interpreting classic texts.  You will learn to identify the connections between various texts and between thinkers in history – ranging from those in ancient China and Greece to those in contemporary Singapore. 


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
BMK2021 Marketing Account Management

This subject focuses on the fundamentals of service excellence in account management to capture the hearts and minds of stakeholders. Building on these basics, the subject covers strategies and tools to manage relationships with key partners and customers to achieve business objectives.

ASM3001 Marketing of Science Products and Services

The subject covers marketing concepts, code of ethics, guidelines and regulations governing the sales and sustainable marketing of products and services that can be applied in various sectors of the applied science industry such as life science, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, and pet industries.


Take SUTD modules in Year 3 at TP, alongside first-year SUTD students to complete your SUTD degree one year ahead of your peers

You will also take this set of subjects that equips you with the crucial 21st-Century life skills you need to navigate the modern world as an agile, forward-thinking individual and team player.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ASI3028 Student Internship Programme

This structured programme is designed to link your learning with the real work environment. You will be placed in organisation(s) with opportunities to apply the concepts and skills acquired in the course of your study. Besides reinforcing technical concepts and mastering of skills in areas that you have been trained, the practical training will enable you to build important skills such as problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and to cultivate good attitude and a strong work ethic.

ATX1001 Effective Communication

This subject introduces the fundamentals of effective communication. It also covers how to communicate with and convince an audience through writing and speaking tasks. The skills in this subject will include the application of strategies for communication, appropriate vocabulary, language features, visual aids, tone and style. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework will also be applied when planning and engaging in written and verbal communication.​ There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

ATX1002 Professional Communication

This subject covers professional communication skills for the workplace and employability skills in the areas of career preparation. It covers communication and interpersonal skills, including effective virtual communication etiquette, and conducting oneself professionally in the workplace. In addition, essential career preparation skills such as resume writing and interview skills, needed to seek and secure work would be included. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework would also be applied when engaging in written and verbal communication. There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

GTP1301 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

This subject covers current issues, including diverse local and global concerns, that will impact lives and may have critical implications for Singapore. There will be opportunities to build competence through self-directed learning, communicate and collaborate in active discussions and objectively analyse issues using digital and information literacy skills and critical thinking scaffolds.

GTP1201 Career Readiness

This subject focuses on personal management skills. It develops an understanding of one’s career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It covers the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the workplace and achieve professional goals. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning methods, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

GTP1202 Career Management

This subject focuses on career management skills. It covers the importance of workplace readiness skills to adapt and respond to the changing job market environment. Career ownership and continuous learning for lifelong employability will be emphasised. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

TGS1002 Global Studies

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare students for an overseas experience. They will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, they will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment. The subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

GTP1302 Guided Learning*

The subject introduces students to the concepts and process of self-directed learning in a chosen area of inquiry. The process focusses on four stages: planning, performing, monitoring and reflecting. Students get to plan their individual learning project, refine and execute the learning plan, as well as monitor and reflect on their learning progress and project. The learning will be captured and showcased through a curated portfolio. The self-directed learning project will broaden and/or deepen a student’s knowledge and skills. Students will enhance their problem solving and digital literacy skills through this subject.

INV1001 Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  Learners will be taught to apply the Design Thinking framework to develop problem statements, ideate and identify feasible solutions. Learners will be exposed to several tools for prototyping. In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in learners through various innovation and entrepreneurship concepts or tools. This subject also prepares students to be self-directed lifelong learners who are digital and information literate. It nurtures communicative and collaborative citizens who can use objective analysis in problem-solving.

GTP1101 Leadership Fundamentals

This subject focuses on self-leadership based on the values of integrity, respect, and responsibility. Increasing awareness of self and others will lay the foundations for personal and relationship effectiveness. Consequential thinking, clear articulation of personal values and visions, emphatic listening, and collaboration in serving others are some of the essential skills covered in this leadership journey. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

GTP1102 Leadership in Action

This subject focuses on Service Learning as an experiential platform to apply the tenets of Self and Team Leadership. Service Learning will be the capstone project for this subject, which will require an analysis of the diverse needs of the community, collaboration with community partners and demonstration of learning, including key elements of empathy. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

This subject reinforces the fundamental knowledge learnt on health, fitness, exercise and sports. Hands-in time will be allocated for a greater variety of fitness exercises and sports skills in a recreation setting. In addition, theoretical knowledge such as sports safety and risk management when participating in physical activities will be introduced. Guidance will be provided for improvement of physical fitness, acquiring of sports skills and relating theoretical knowledge to the physical activities.

TGS1001 Sustainability & Climate Action*

This subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and future leaders who can contribute to the global community.  It introduces the topics of sustainability and explores how human societies can act to build a sustainable future. This subject focuses on the impact of climate change, potential solutions to climate change, and the future of the green economy from global and local perspectives.


* Students must choose to take either Sustainability & Climate Action or Guided Learning.

Graduation Requirements
Cumulative Grade Point Average
min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects
40 credit units
Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects
71 credit units
Diploma Subjects - Elective Subjects
min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed
min 120 credit units

Career Prospects

You are now ready for careers as Assistant Engineers or Process Technicians, Production or Operation Supervisors, Laboratory or Research Technologists, Safety, Health and Environment Officers, Technical Services or Technical Sales Executives.


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Course Fees

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The table below shows the total subsidised fees (inclusive of GST) payable. 

(Age below 40 in the year 2021) 



There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2024/2025 are:
Semester 1:  15 April 2024 – 13 October 2024 
Semester 2:  14 October 2024 – 13 April 2025

Fees are billed and payable by semester. They are usually payable in June for Semester 1 and December for Semester 2.


View course fees for other intakes, subsidies, grants, bursary and awards at the Fees & Financial matters section. 

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