This practice-oriented course prepares you for exciting and fulfilling careers in biomedical and agrotechnological discovery, research and development. During your 3-years with us, you will acquire and develop the following :
a) strong foundations in Biology, Chemistry and Statistics
The first-year subjects will focus on develop strong fundamentals in biology, cell technology and chemistry. The second and third year subjects will increasingly specific for biotechnology students. You will acquire knowledge and skills in biochemical analysis, microbiology, molecular biology, cloning, mammalian cell technology, plant cell technology, and many others. At the end of the 3-years, the strong broad-based foundation in human, cell, plant and microbial biology that you will acquire from this course will maximize your career and future educational options.
b) industry-relevant biomedical research skills.
Such skills will be acquired through lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and research programs. To further hone your technical skills, we will send you on a 6-month attachment program to laboratories in research institutions (eg. A*STAR), universities, hospitals and biotechnology companies either locally or overseas (eg. China, Thailand, Australia etc) where you will work with scientists in cutting edge research projects. Opportunities for greater research exposure with our experienced staff researchers are also available starting from the first year of the course. Process skills and problem-solving skills are also integrated into the curriculum, preparing you well for the workforce.
c) teamwork, problem solving and analytical skills
The industry highly values teamwork, problem solving abilities and analytical skills because these promote productivity and change-readiness. The BIO course curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for the industry. During your time here, your involvement in research projects, laboratory sessions and various forms of assignments coupled with regular tutor guidance and feedback will provide ample opportunities for developing and sharpening these skills.
d) opportunities for all-rounded development
We seek to develop your potential both academically and outside of the classroom. As such, you will have opportunities to attend workshops, seminars, talks and industry visits to facilitate academic and personal development. There will also be local and overseas community projects that will heighten your awareness of global community and environmental-protection issues. In addition, the many CCA that TP offers also provide avenues for personal development.
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).
See also the minimum entry requirements for:
The cut-off point for the Biotechnology course varies between 10-13 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).
This course provides a broad-based training curriculum with strong emphasis on both basic and applied sciences. It therefore leads you to many options and avenues for University Education (including part-time courses). You can therefore pursue a degree in Biomedical Science, Molecular Biology, Marine Biology, Biotechnology, Forensic science related courses and other life sciences degree programmes.
The Diploma in Biotechnology is recognised by NUS (Life Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy etc), NTU (Medicine, Biological Sciences etc), SIT, SMU, SIM and other local institutions as well many universities in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. Most local and overseas universities give our graduates 1 - 2 years’ exemptions. In addition, opportunities for part-time life science degree programs are available from MDIS and PSB Academy.
Graduates who work as Research technologist or Laboratory technologist could be in the forefront of the following areas :
Disease, Diagnostics and Drugs
Biopharmaceuticals and Bioprocessing
Agriculture and Aquaculture
Biodiversity and Bioconservation
and many more…
We have been running this course since 1996 and hence this diploma is very well recognized by the life science industry and educational institutions.
TP's Diploma in Biotechnology is the first and only diploma course to :
Even as a first year student you will have opportunities to participate in research. TP has a specialised applied science research facility that will provide additional opportunities for students keen on research.
You will receive a well-rounded and integrated broad-based training in Translational Biomedical Research that equips you with the skills and knowledge that will give you wider career and further education choices.
As long as you have taken one science subject in the GCE O level, it would be fine. Most of our graduates completed this course successfully even though they did not have any GCE O level Biology background.
Biomedical Science course focuses on clinical diagnostics and clinical research. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology and pharmacology. They also study applied subjects like Haematology, Blood Banking, Clinical Chemistry, Histological Techniques, Molecular Genetics and Laboratory Management & Quality Assurance. The students are primarily trained to work in hospital and private diagnostic labs whereby they perform tests on clinical samples to aid in diagnosis. Biomedical sciences students are also involved in clinical research.
Pharmaceutical Science course focuses on pharmaceuticals (R&D, Manufacturing, QA/ QC and Sales & Marketing) and pharmacy practice. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology and pharmacology. They also study applied subjects such as Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics, Good Dispensing Practice and Pharmacotherapy, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Current Good Manufacturing Practices, Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Analysis. Students are therefore trained to work in Hospitals as Hospitals / Retail Pharmacies as Pharmacy Technicians or in Pharmaceutical / Biopharmaceutical Companies as Process Technicians, Laboratory Technologists (QA/QC), Sales & Marketing Executives.
The Biotechnology course focuses on biomedical research, discovery and development. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills in human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry microbiology, immunology, pathology and pharmacology. They also study applied subjects such as Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology, DNA Technology (genetic engineering), Applied Immunology, Plant and Animal Cell Technology, Bioinformatics, Analytical Biochemistry, Genomics and Proteomics and Laboratory Animal Science and Technology - all of which are important for investigative research and application development. Graduates usually proceed to work in various research centres (eg. A*STAR), tertiary institutions, hospitals, speciality healthcare centres and biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Although our Veterinary Technology course also equips students with cell and molecular biotechnology for research, the emphasis of the course is more on animal care and management (including disease diagnosis and treatment) at animal facilities in tertiary and research institutions as well as pet shops, veterinary assistance for work in veterinary clinics/ hospitals or pre-clinical trials in contract research organisations.
Of the four diplomas, the Diploma in Biotechnology has the greatest emphasis on DNA technology, molecular biology, research and discovery.
For the Diploma in Biotechnology, one would mainly learn knowledge and skill sets related to cell and molecular biotechnology as well as specialised areas of biotechnology for application in biomedical and other scientific research. The course would also equip you with skills for handling and care for animal research models in a responsible way. You could also learn laboratory safety and management.
For the Diploma in Veterinary Technology, one would learn knowledge and skill sets for biomedical research, clinical diagnostics, veterinary assistance in anesthesia and surgical procedures, animal care and management including animal health and diseases as well as laboratory / veterinary clinic management.
There are no colour restrictions for Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering diplomas; partial colour deficiency or total colour deficiency is acceptable.
In any science-based course, there will always be technical terms and some subjects will have more than others depending on the nature of the subject.
Our graduates have so far gained 1 to 2 years' exemption for 3-year overseas degree programmes. The exemption depends on the students’ overall diploma academic performance .The accreditation given for the course is based on the good foundation in the basic and applied sciences which the overseas universities recognise as relevant and compatible to their respective undergraduate degree programmes. Examples of BSc degree programmes that are awarded exemptions include molecular biology, biomedical science, biotechnology, marine biology, plant biotechnology with horticulture major, forensic science, veterinary technology, and even biology with a major in zoology. Most of the accreditation obtained is from Australian universities such as Murdoch University, Monash University, UWA, ANU, University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Queensland and La Trobe University. We also have links with universities in the United Kingdom.
Yes, the Diploma in Biotechnology could prepare you for a career in forensic science. You can pursue a degree programme in forensic science since this course covers molecular biology, plant and animal cells, biochemistry, analytical biochemistry, pathology, biology, chemistry and other relevant subjects.
Yes, the Diploma in Biotechnology will train you in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, immunology, pathology and microbiology which will give you a strong foundation for your forensic endeavors.
Here’s a comment from the Assistant Director, Forensics Division, CID:
“Forensics is the application of science to solve crimes and is used to provide answers within the legal system. This course will provide participants with skill sets relevant to the complex world of forensics and give them a glimpse of the use of forensics in criminal investigation.”
Superintendent Jason Loke
Assistant Director, Forensics Division
Criminal Investigation Department,
Singapore Police Force
According to the student survey, at least 91% of the second and third year students generally made the following comments about the course:
“My Diploma has enabled me to skip the first year of my degree programme. As the quality of the diploma education was very high, there was not much difficulty for me to ease into UCL 2nd year despite a 2½ year hiatus in NS. In addition, the valuable lab sessions and attachment programme in TP ensured that I could ease into my honours project relatively quickly compared to my peers. The Problem-based Learning approach was also very stimulating. It enabled me to come up with many project ideas. Yet, most valuable was the friendship with the TP lecturers. They have given me tips and advice in my education as well as written good reference letters.”
Samuel Gan Ken En
PhD (Molecular Biology)
University College London (UCL)
“My diploma training gives me the technical know-how to apply my knowledge learnt from TP in my job. The course curriculum, lectures and labs were really useful and up-to-date and I really enjoyed them all.”
Tay Hui Chien
Institute of Molecular Cell and Biology
"As a graduate of the pioneering biotechnology diploma cohort, I can truly say that the course established an initial foundation for me to build my career upon. The course was taught in a supportive environment and the laboratory sessions equipped us with essential technical skills. Furthermore, the internship programme and final year project allowed us to gain first-hand experience in various types of research and industry communities. These experiences also allowed me to adapt more easily when I pursued further studies at university. Through the years, I have not forgotten the memories of my diploma days, the mentorship of the lecturers and the friendships forged.”
Elisabeth Tan Li Sa
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
"The Biotechnology course at TP has allowed me to pursue my interests and develop skills that are very relevant to my current field of studies in NUS. It has given me an edge by equipping me with a strong foundation of practical knowledge. TP encourages students to be proactive and independent, preparing us for the challenges of university and working life. I would never have come this far without the opportunities TP has given me. Thank you TP!"
Tan Yi Ting Chloe
Bachelor of Life Sciences at NUS (Year 3)
specializing in Environmental Biology
"My experience in TP is a fulfilling and fruitful one that made a significant change in my life. Lecturers in TP have guided me well and they played a major role in helping me achieving my educational goals, motivating and cultivating me to be a successful person. As the polytechnic education and curriculum system is rather similar to the university, polytechnic students generally cope well with the fast pace. Studying in TP provides a good platform that allows me to adapt well in the hectic university life."
Toh Lai Ling
Bachelor of Biological Sciences (Honours) at NTU (Year 2)
"TP Biotech provides plenty of hands-on experiences and gives you the edge over the others in University or even in the industry. You will find that the skills that you have acquired in TP Biotech, it will be a breeze to you when you perform hands-on practical in NTU. TP enables me to cope well with the style of tertiary education, and to adapt fast to University life."
Ng Yu Ting
Bachelor of Biological Sciences (Honours) at NTU (Year 3)
“The intern has been very industrious in the time he has spent here at the Bioinformatics Institute. Though he was completely new to computer programming, he overcame a steep learning curve and his tenacity at the job has impressed us all. We are hoping that the project he is helping us with will result in publishable results soon.”
Dr. Mallur Srivatsan MADHUSUDHAN, Principal Investigator, Bioinformatics Institute, A*STAR
“I have been constantly impressed by the diligent and inquisitive nature of students from Temasek Polytechnic’s Diploma in Biotechnology and would gladly accept them without qualms for any suitable projects in future.”
Dr. Yang Yuansheng, Research Scientist, Bioprocess Technology Institute, A*STAR
"The Temasek Polytechnic Diploma in Biotechnology students who did their Final Year Project in our laboratory were bright, energetic, conscientious and excited to do research."
Dr Adam Claridge-Chang, Principal Investigator, A*STAR-Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Neuroscience Research Partnership (NRP)
“The student has a good understanding of my guidance and explanations about her project. She is very curious so she has many questions about her project. I felt that she is very passionate. From her, I get a very good impression about Singapore. I think that education of Singapore for science is very systematic and powerful”.
Ms Mi-Yeon Kim, Translational Research Centre for Protein Function Control, Yonsei University, Korea.