Diploma in Biomedical Science

Play a part in assisting clinical diagnosis, and 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 prevent and diagnose 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/research institutions/hospitals, taught by experienced teaching/research staff and industry practitioners. The compulsory structured internship carried out concurrently with major projects helps you to experience working life and allows you to apply theory to practice. Interns are involved in real industry projects, evaluating new clinical laboratory equipment or diagnostic test kits.

 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  
    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 Diagnose Diseases through Laboratory Diagnostics

    Passionate about helping to heal the sick? You will acquire the scientific skills to help doctors save lives! You’ll learn all major techniques and skills in helping doctors diagnose diseases.
  • 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               

Career Prospects

Healthcare and Biomedical Industry

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

Further Education

Graduates from the School of Applied Science (ASC) are able to gain entry into various degree courses offered by United Kingdom, Australia and local universities. Most of the top overseas universities offer advanced standing to our Diploma graduates. 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 chosen studies at the university.

Our graduates may also apply for admission to NUS, NTU and SIT. 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.


  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Institute of Technology

For other degree courses and advanced standing, please click this link to access diploma to degree courses for guidance.

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.

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
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Physical Science 
  • Physics/Engineering Science
  • 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 Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. You will also be taught to consider the Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) when writing and delivering oral presentations.


In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms. In all aspects, the principles of applying Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will be covered.


In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will also be applied when engaging in verbal and written communication.


This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civic-minded individuals.


The Innovation & Entrepreneurship subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised fields or beyond. You will first learn the Design Thinking framework, where you will develop problem statements and ideate solutions. Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting, at TP’s Makerspace+ facility. Finally, you will acquire commercial awareness through the LEAN Startup framework of idea crystallisation, prototype building, customer testing and validation, refinement of business model canvas, and crowdfunding or crowdsourcing avenues.


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 will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.


This subject explores the concepts of identity, diversity and inclusion at the workplace. It examines the relationship between identity and diversity, the benefits and challenges of diversity and the strategies that promote inclusion and inspire collaboration in a diverse workplace. Examples of the elements of diversity covered in this subject include nationality, generation, ethnicity and gender. A one week residential stay is mandatory for this subject.


Students will examine the meaning and responsibilities of being a Global Citizen, in order to contribute towards a more equitable and sustainable world.? In addition, students will learn how sustainable solutions can support community development, and, execute and critique a community action plan that addresses the needs of a specific community/cause.


This subject provides a platform for an understanding of culture and heritage through modes of expression. Students will be introduced to global and local cultures via everyday objects, places and human behaviour seen through time and space. Students will explore issues and challenges in culture and heritage sustainability in community, national and global contexts.


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.


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 biology of cells of higher organisms, including structure-function relationships of cellular membranes and internal organelles, cell cycle and nuclear division, transport mechanisms and cell communication, cell motility and the cytoskeleton and cell death. Basic laboratory skills involving the study of cell structures with the use of cell staining techniques and microscopy will also be introduced in this subject.


This subject introduces the fundamental principles of biochemistry as well as the essential biomolecules present in biological systems. The structures, properties and interactions of biomolecules will be covered. The basic concepts of bioenergetics will also be introduced to illustrate how these interactions lead to life processes.


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 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.


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 a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include anatomy of human organs and organ systems and their functions.


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.


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


This subject covers the basics of biostatistics and application of statistics in clinical practices by converting clinical and laboratory experiences into quantitative statements. The topics covered include using statistical tools to summarize data, test for differences between test groups, analyse rates and proportions, establish or validate confidence intervals, and testing for trends. It also covers the application of biostatistics in different clinical cases. The topics covered include t-test, ANOVA and non-parametric tests.


This subject introduces the basic knowledge of general and systemic pathology, as well as structural and functional abnormalities of organs and organ systems. Basic principles and skills related to histopathological diagnosis will also be covered.


The subject covers the fundamentals of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), flow of genetic information, ribonucleic acid (RNA), as well as how processes like replication, transcription and translation operate in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Basic practical knowledge and molecular laboratory techniques will be introduced.


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


This subject provides the basic knowledge of the principles and applications of some instruments commonly used in chemical industries.


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 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

Laboratory Medicine

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the theoretical, practical and clinical aspects of blood transfusion. Emphasis is given on the application of immunologic principles as applied to blood grouping, antibody screening, identification and compatibility testing. It also stresses the importance of laboratory quality control and clinical considerations in transfusion practices.


This subject covers theoretical foundations and practical skills in haematology. It includes development of blood cells, diseases and disorders related to blood as well as bone marrow. It focuses on screening, diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of haematological diseases and disorders.


This subject covers laboratory management, quality assurance, laboratory automation, statistical methods and safety regulations practised in laboratories. The role of different quality systems monitoring the quality assurance is also included.


Free Electives

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.


This subject covers the fundamental knowledge and applications of Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. Topics include an overview of cGMP, documentation and record keeping, contamination control, in-process control, validation, and introduction to process improvement techniques.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 40 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects
- Elective Subjects

71 credit units
min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 120 credit units

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