This course trains you to be a medical laboratory technologist or biomedical laboratory technologist. It allows you to carve out niche careers in academia, research, or in the biomedical and healthcare sectors.
You will acquire competence in biomedical science through practice-oriented training, collaborative training and internship programmes, as well as in applied research activities led by our professional teaching staff and industry practitioners.
You begin by learning the foundational sciences to understand the biology and chemistry of health science. You will study the inner workings of living cells, the biological processes involving proteins and enzymes, the structure, parts and functions of the human body, the world of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms, and the structure, functions and chemical reactions of molecules. You will progress to learn the nature, causes and progression of human diseases, our biological responses and defenses, and diagnosis so that appropriate treatment can be provided.
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|
|Any two other subjects, excluding CCA||-|
# Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry)
*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:
The cut-off point for the Biomedical Science course varies between 9-11 points depending on the demand for the course and quality of first choice applicants. The cut-off point is to be used as a guide only as it may vary from year to year depending on the aggregate scores of students applying for the course. The cut-off point is the aggregate of the last student admitted to the course and is generated by the computer after it has allocated a course to all students who participated in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).
You will stand a good chance of qualifying for a place in a local university if you obtain a GPA of at least 3.5/4 or at least a 3 with CCA.
Most overseas universities provide at least one to two years exemption for relevant degree programmes based on your academic performance.
The relevant degree programmes are:
You will be well-placed to embark on careers as:
Biomedical Science focuses on human healthcare. This includes clinical diagnostics and clinical research.
Students are equipped with knowledge and skills in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology and pharmacology. Diploma specific subjects include Haematology, Blood Banking, Clinical Chemistry, Histological Techniques, Molecular Genetics and Laboratory Management & Quality Assurance etc.
Diploma specific subjects include:
The annual intake is about 50 students.
BIO and BMS graduates applying to the Dentistry and / or Medicine programmes at NUS will be considered under the Exceptional Individual Scheme (EIS). Applicants are required to submit a separate application to the respective faculty under the EIS, in addition to the application they submit to NUS Office of Admissions.
For more information on Dentistry EIS, please visit http://www.dentistry.nus.edu.sg/2008_EIS_Poly.htm
For more information on Medicine EIS, please visit http://www.med.nus.edu.sg/corporate/app-indivscheme.html
Industrial attachment is a requirement for graduation. In the third year, students will do an internship at hospitals / biomedical research institutes, clinical research centres etc for 5 months. Concurrently they will complete their Major Project on real-life industry projects.
Yes, the Diploma in Biomedical Science would prepare you for a career in forensic science. Forensic studies require knowledge in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular genetics/biology, pathology and microbiology which are offered in the course.
“The physical environment is conducive for learning.”
“Teachers and mentors are helpful and approachable.”
“Lecturers are effective in their teaching.”
“Problem-based Learning taught us to manage time effectively and learn from fellow students by cross-teaching.”
“I learned problem-solving skills through Problem-based Learning. I also gained confidence as it taught me to be independent.”
“I enjoyed participating in the many fun and enriching co-curricular activities offered.”
“I have greatly benefited from the Biomedical Science course. It has equipped me with the essential knowledge and practical skills to meet the requirements of the industry. I have also become an independent learner after going through the various Problem-based Learning sessions.”
Andrew Nigel DeSouza, student
“… well-trained & equipped with the necessary knowledge & skills.”
“… positive attitude to work and independent .”
“… problem solvers.”
“… good presentation skills.”
Employers who offer SIP placements for our students:
Students also have opportunities to be attached overseas under the Overseas Student Internship Programme (OSIP).
“The student interns on attachment with us were very committed and possessed good working attitude. They were technically competent and worked well with the medical technologists in Raffles Hospital. We would therefore be happy to employ the graduates from this course.”
Mr Seow Ser Hoe
Assistant Laboratory Manager
Raffles Hospital Pte Ltd