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Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (T25)

2018 Planned Intake: 100 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 11

Why are some medicines labelled as “poison”? How do they work to cure diseases? Join this field and learn about the effects of drugs on the human body. Gain the knowledge and skills required to design, analyse, manufacture and market new therapies for diseases and to counsel patients on the safe use of medications.

Making medicine to heal the sick is vital and Singapore has positioned itself to be a hub for such activities. The biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries contributed close to $30 billion to Singapore’s GDP in 2014 and the industry is expected to create more than 300 jobs over the next three years. Singapore has committed S$3.7 billion to the biomedical industry, thus attracting leading biopharmaceutical companies such as Abbott, Lonza, AbbVie, GlaxoSmithKline, MSD, Sanofi-Aventis and Roche to make Singapore their global manufacturing base. Talent programmes such as the Biologics Overseas Skills Training (Boost) programme (now renamed as Attach-and-Train Programme for Biologics Sector) have also created more than 700 training positions for Singaporeans to provide them with on-the-job training in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industries.

Singapore is also ramping up capacity across the healthcare industry. Currently, there are 36 hospitals and specialty centres, 18 polyclinics, 70 nursing homes and inpatient hospice care centres, and 235 pharmacies in Singapore. New hospitals such as Sengkang General Hospital and Community Hospital and Outram Community Hospital are currently in the pipeline. Hence, there is an unprecedented need for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in Singapore to work in this industry.

In Temasek Polytechnic’s Pharmaceutical Science course, students will learn specialized subjects related to drug action on diseases, medicine legislation and patient counselling to prepare them for work in the pharmacies. Students will also learn about good manufacturing practices, chemical, biological and microbiological analysis, as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing to equip them with the skills for careers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries as well as analytical testing laboratories. In the final year of study, students will choose to pursue either the Pharmacy Practice elective cluster or the Pharmaceuticals and Biologics elective cluster where they will deepen their knowledge in these areas and apply their skills in the relevant fields during their internship. Students will be able to take up an internship position in hospitals, retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry, pharmaceutical sales and marketing, quality control (QC) and research laboratories in Singapore. Overseas internship placements are also available in countries such as Australia, China and Taiwan.

In their course of study, students will have opportunities to be involved in various research projects in drug formulations and chemical analysis, participate in numerous competitions, learn more about the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries through participation in overseas study trips. Students will also have the opportunities to participate in overseas community projects where they can apply their knowledge on safe use of medications to help the less fortunate.

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 The students from Temasek Polytechnic are generally wellrounded in terms of communication skills and clinical knowledge. The curriculum is well-balanced enough to provide sufficient coverage as well as depth to adequately equip the students for the internship programme.
—  Esther Ang Pei Jing
     Outpatient Pharmacy
     KK Women's & Children's Hospital
Learn about how the body and drugs interact

 

What you will learn

  • Solving Crimes in the Lab

    Patient Counselling and Pharmacy Practice

    You learn the effect of drugs on the body, and the effect of the body on drugs. Learn how various medicines work to treat diseases by reacting with the body. You will also learn how to read and interpret prescriptions, and how to prepare and pack medicine. Patient counselling and over-the-counter product counselling will also be taught.

  • Pain Relief

    Analytical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Analysis

    You will learn about the principles of various analytical instruments and how to perform chemical and physical analysis of active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished pharmaceutical products. You will also learn how to carry out microbiological testing of finished pharmaceutical products for quality control and perform aseptic dispensing techniques.

  • Pharmacy Practice

    Biopharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

    You will learn about the applications of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries and the importance of GMP in ensuring product safety. You will also learn about the pharmaceutical downstream manufacturing processes such as drug production, drug manufacturing techniques, formulation of various drug dosage forms as well as the biopharmaceutical manufacturing process.

Notable Features

  • Broad-based curriculum encompasses pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical manufacturing and biological and chemical analysis, for greater flexibility in employment and further education
  • Excellent further education opportunities with NUS, NTU and SIT

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:

COURSE

ELECTIVE CLUSTERS

PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCE (T25)

 Pharmacy Practice
  • Health Management in Patient Care
  • Pharmaceutical Legislation, Marketing and Management

Pharmaceuticals and Biologics

  • Biopharmaceutical Processing
  • Pharmaceutical Unit Operations

Career Prospects

Healthcare / Marketing

  • Pharmacy Technician in hospital and retail pharmacies
  • Sales & Marketing Executive

Pharma / Biopharma Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing Process Technician
  • Quality Control (QC) analyst
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Officer
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Research Technologist

Further Education

Graduates from Temasek Applied Science School (ASc) are able to gain entry into various degree courses offered by United Kingdom, Australian and local universities. Most of the top overseas universities offer advanced standing to our Diploma graduates. See Tables below for examples of such universities. 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 study chosen 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.


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
  • Physics/Engineering Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)/Physical Science
 
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).

See also the minimum entry requirements for:


Course Structure

TP Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ACS1005

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.

12
ACS1006

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.

12
ACS1007

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.

12
GCC1001

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 civicminded individuals.

12
AIN1001

This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to 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.     

12
LEA1011

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.

11
LEA1012

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.

11
LEA1013

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.

11
LSW1002

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.

12
MCR1001

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.

11
MCR1002

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.

11
MCR1003

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.

11
AGS1002

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.

13
AGS1003

You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.

13
AGS1004

This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.

13
AGS1005

Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.

13
TGL1001

This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.

13
ASI3029

This programme involves attachment at companies related to your course of study in the pharmacy, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. 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.

316

Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ABT1001

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.

14
ACH1007

This subject covers basic knowledge of organic chemistry, constituents of biological systems, their properties and significance to biological science. Topics covered include general organic chemistry, carbohydrates, proteins and enzymes, and lipids.

14
ACH1009

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.

14
AMA1004

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.

13
AMB1002

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.

15
AMB1004

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.

13
APH1001

This subject covers the basic principles and knowledge of pharmacology and toxicology. Topics include overview of the drug developmental process, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and an overview of toxicology.

13
APH1002

This subject introduces general and systemic pathology and the understanding of basic clinical chemistry for screening and monitoring of diseases. Topics include disease mechanisms, structure and functional abnormalities and common clinical chemistry tests.

13
APH1003

This subject introduces the services provided by pharmacy technicians at hospital and community pharmacies. Topics include drug information resources, good dispensing practice and management of common conditions in therapeutic areas such as nutrition, ophthalmology, otolaryngology and respiratory.

13
AMB2007

This subject covers the applications of microbiology in the pharmaceutical industry and focuses on the microbiological testing of pharmaceutical products and equips students with the skills to perform aseptic dispensing techniques.

23
APH2001

This subject equips students with the knowledge on the basic principles and applications of analytical instruments and techniques commonly used in the pharmaceutical industries and analytical laboratories, and the technical skills required to operate instruments for analysis. Basic concepts of laboratory quality management system will also be covered.

24
APH2009

This subject equips students with the knowledge and practices on handling clinical enquiries, making appropriate clinical recommendations, processing prescriptions and patient counselling in the therapeutic areas such as dermatology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and infectious diseases.

25
APH2010

This subject equips students with the knowledge and practices on handling clinical enquiries, making appropriate clinical recommendations, processing prescriptions and patient counselling in the therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurology and psychiatry.

24
APH2011

This subject aims to equip students with the basic knowledge and technical skills to perform mammalian cell culture for upstream biopharmaceutical processes. The subject also covers the molecular and analytical techniques used in the biopharmaceutical industry to measure the quantity and quality of biological products.

23
AMP3012

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.

38
APH3004

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.

34
APH3011

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.

34
APH3012

This subject covers the knowledge and applications of pharmacopeia test methods to evaluate the quality of active drug substances and finished pharmaceutical products. This subject also provides further knowledge on gas chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography including method development and optimization for various applications such as stability testing of pharmaceuticals. Students will perform test samples analysis, interpretation of test results and data analysis.

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Diploma Subjects – Elective Cluster Subjects

Pharmacy Practice

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
APH2012

The subject provides an overview of legislations affecting the pharmaceutical industry. The subject is also designed to provide students with an understanding of basic marketing concepts, tools and techniques pertaining to the commercialisation of pharmaceutical products. Basic business operations of hospital and retail pharmacies will also be included.

25
APH3013

This subject focuses on the knowledge, communication and facilitation skills to promote medication adherence, use of health screening and monitoring devices, as well as lifestyle modifications for health and disease management. Students will also be introduced to complementary health approaches and trends in healthcare delivery.

34

Pharmaceuticals and Biologics

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
APH2013

This subject emphasises the application of engineering principles in the unit operations commonly employed in the upstream, pharmaceutical industry. Topics covered include reagent handling, dissolution, extraction, distillation, crystallisation, filtration and drying. The subject also covers the various fractionation processes and mechanical operations including solids handling, sieving, milling and comminution. Commonly used equipment in pharmaceutical manufacturing will also be introduced.

24
APH3015

This subject provides an overview of biopharmaceutical processing. It also covers the fundamental knowledge, applications and legislative requirement of biosafety, biosecurity and risk assessment relating to management of biological and other hazards.

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Diploma Subjects - Elective Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ACH1010

This subject covers theoretical and practical knowledge of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics include ionic equilibria and calculations, chemical kinetics, chemistry of transition elements and electrochemistry.

14
AMT1003

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.

24
ACE2009

This subject covers health issues and safety at the workplace. The section on health examines the causes of occupational diseases and their respective controls (heat stress/ strain, ventilation, noise and industrial lighting). The section on safety explores topics like machinery safety, electrical safety, hazards of fire and explosion, housekeeping and material handling, personal protection equipment and legislation concerning occupational safety and health.

24
ACE2015

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.

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Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamental  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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