Pharmaceutical Science T25

There’s so much more to pharmaceutical science than the dispensing of medication.

You’ll learn about the effects medicines have on the human body and how they help to treat diseases as you go on to pick up the required skills to process prescriptions and perform patient counselling in pharmacies. Specialised subjects in pharmaceutical analysis and current good manufacturing practices will also prepare you for a potential career in pharmaceutical industries.

Your industry readiness will be further enhanced as you undertake an internship programme following a specialisation in either Pharmacy Practice or Pharmaceuticals & Biologics.

With new hospitals and polyclinics in the pipeline and numerous pharmaceutical giants choosing Singapore as their manufacturing base, the future for graduates has never been brighter!

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Your Journey

Year 1

Begin your journey with understanding how the human body works and how diseases occur. Build your foundation in chemistry which is essential in drug development and analysis. You will learn the principles of drug action and acquire patient counselling skills.

Year 2

Continue to build on your clinical drug knowledge and hone your patient counselling skills. Apply your fundamental knowledge in the analysis of drug substances and products. Learn about Current Good Manufacturing Practice, an essential skillset in the pharmaceutical industry.

Year 3

Deepen your knowledge and skills in pharmacy practice or pharmaceutical and biologics manufacturing. Continue your learning journey through on-the-job training where you get to apply your skillset in a real work environment and learn from industry practitioners.

Collaborate with industry partners to build a competent and future-ready workforce through work-based learning attachments and enhanced internships in hospitals, retail pharmacies, leading global pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. Opportunities to work on real industry projects alongside industry mentors.

Participate in local and overseas community and service learning projects where students get to apply their pharmacy practice knowledge to educate the public on topics such as the safe use of medications, disease management and antibiotic resistance.

Secure prestigious scholarships and sponsorship such as the A*Star Science Award and Tan Tock Seng Hospital Health Science Study Sponsorship Award providing students with valuable opportunities to work on research projects and exposure to the healthcare sector.

Healthcare / Marketing

  • Pharmacy Technician in hospital and retail pharmacies
  • Sales & Marketing Executive
  • Patient Service Senior Associate

Pharma / Biopharma Manufacturing

  • Production Technician/ Assistant biotechnologist
  • Quality Control (QC) Lab Analyst
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Assistant
  • Laboratory Technologist

Our comprehensive list of industry-specific part-time and post-diploma courses will offer you the best of both worlds as you pursue your career and further your studies.


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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:


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.

34

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.

35

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.

24

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