Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (T38)

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The development of medical devices, from a simple hearing aid to an X-ray machine; the search for a cure for human diseases; or even the very pills that you pop into your mouth – these are all part of the biomedical life sciences, which are now seeing a boom in related industries worldwide.

This course involves the application of engineering skills to the biomedical sciences and healthcare industry. You will learn the necessary biological techniques and apply them in the field of biomedical engineering. Under the Economic Development Board’s plan, the field of life sciences is slated to be one of the four key pillars of Singapore’s economy, besides chemicals, electronics and engineering.

Singapore is on its way to becoming a global centre for medical research and advanced patient care in specialised fields such as oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology and rehabilitation. It also aims
to be a regional hub for a wide spectrum of healthcare services such as integrated healthcare services, hospital management, laboratory services, healthcare consulting, pharmaceutical research and clinical trials.

Companies dealing in medical devices and drugs will find it attractive to undertake the development and manufacturing of new drugs and medical products in Singapore. In fact, numerous prominent overseas biomedical companies have set up base in Singapore, providing excellent job opportunities and career advancement prospects for holders of this diploma.

 As the medical and healthcare solutions industry continues to globalise and advance at a rapid pace, biomedical professionals today face increasing demands and challenges. Students of this course are armed with sound fundamental knowledge, giving them a mastery of engineering skills so as to empower them to excel in their future careers while meeting the rigorous demands of this industry. 
—  Hema Venkataraman
     Infinity Biomed Solutions Pte Ltd, Singapore
If human chemistry and biology is your thing, look no further


Notable Features

  • The course offers multi-disciplinary training and learning in the Life Sciences, Engineering, and IT – a highly versatile and potent combination not found in any other local biomedical diploma course 
  • Provides training in medical instruments and devices as well as clinical and laboratory equipment, thereby allowing you to tap into the emerging MedTech and Healthcare industries.  This focus on medical and clinical equipment is highly useful and not in any other local biomedical diploma course
  • Areas of specialisation include Bioinstrumentation, Clinical Practices, and Hearing Science – which allows you to build a lucrative career in these emerging fields.
  • Recognised by NUS for admission into its medical and dental faculties 

Career Prospects

Singapore has established herself as a strategic hub for medical technology (MedTech) manufacturing. As one of Singapore’s key engines of economic growth, MedTech is expected to contribute $25 billion in manufacturing output (including medicines and biomedical devices) and account for 15,000 jobs in the economy.

There are now more than 50 biomedical sciences and MedTech companies and 30 research/medical institutes here. World-class capabilities in the biomedical and life sciences have also been developed to facilitate basic research, and translational & clinical development. With rising global demand for biomedical devices and healthcare services, industry prospects for the local MedTech industry will continue to remain strong.

In this multi-disciplinary course, you will be provided with integrated training in biology and biomedical instrumentation, empowering you to address the needs of the MedTech and healthcare industry.

World renowned MedTech companies have been setting up base in Singapore, opening up many lucrative job opportunities in the field of manufacturing, regulatory sciences and clinical services. Additionally, Singapore also serves as a one-stop service centre for innovative healthcare solutions. Together with the establishment of the Biopolis, Tuas Biomedical Park, and MedTech Hub, this will create a strong demand for biomedical and MedTech professionals well into the next century.

You will have exciting and lucrative career prospects as:

  • Biomedical Technical Officers
  • Medical Product Specialists
  • Medical Sales & Marketing Executive
  • Regulatory Affairs Executive

Further Education

You can gain admission into a wide range of degree programmes at local universities such as NUS, NTU, SMU, UniSIM, SUTD and SIT, as well as overseas universities in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Advance standing for specific modules, or up to 2 years exemption may be given depending on the relevance of the degree programme.

To find out what degrees you can pursue and the advanced standing granted by the various universities, please click this link to access Our "Diploma to Degree Pathfinder" for guidance.

Entry Requirements

Minimum 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.

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any one of the listed subjects^ Grades 1-6
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA

Note: Applicants should not be suffering from partial or complete colour vision deficiency, uncontrolled epilepsy, profound hearing loss or severe vision impairment.

* SPM / UEC holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the Bahasa Inggeris (English Language) subject.

^ List of acceptable subjects: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computing/Computer Studies, Design & Technology, Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics, Physics/Engineering Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry)/Physical Science.

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Course Structure

TP Fundamentals 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. 


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 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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


The on-the-job training nature of the programme allows you to gain some industrial experience. Through this programme, you will be exposed to the work environment so that you can better appreciate and understand the problems and issues at the work place. The content and scope of learning varies from organisation to organisation.  However, it is envisaged that after the programme, you would have, in general, developed your communication and interpersonal skills as well as the right work ethics, and also become more mature, confident and independent, and have a more realistic expectation of what a working environment is like.


* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects OR Guided Learning (TFS1006).

Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject provides you with a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Topics covered include the anatomy of the organs and organ systems and their functions.


This subject introduces you to the use of hand tools and standard laboratory equipment for the construction and testing of electronic prototypes. You will also learn to identify basic electronic components for project work and how to use them to build electronic devices.


This subject provides a good foundation in DC and AC network analysis. You will learn the basic principles of electric circuitry and how to apply circuit theorems to analyse DC and AC networks.


This subject covers the theory and practical knowledge of electronic devices such as diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors and their applications. It also focuses on the fundamentals of operational amplifiers and their applications, and the rudiments of circuit troubleshooting and testing.


This subject provides basic knowledge of digital electronics and circuits. Topics include number systems, operations and codes, logic gates, Boolean algebra and logic simplification, combinational logic, functional blocks, latches and flip-flops.


This subject builds upon the fundamentals of digital electronics acquired in Digital Fundamentals 1. It introduces the digital concepts of the various building blocks in a computer’s digital system. You will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge of registers, counters, memory devices, and conversions between digital and analogue signals and integrated circuit technologies. Digital troubleshooting techniques are also explored in the laboratory work.


The subject introduces the concept of calculus. Differentiation and integration techniques will be covered. These concepts will be used to formulate and solve mathematical problems. Various differentiation techniques (e.g., chain rule, product and quotient rules), and integration techniques (e.g., substitution, use of the mathematical table, integration by parts, partial fractions decomposition) will also be covered.


This subject teaches pre-calculus techniques required for an engineering course. It trains you in engineering problem-solving approaches using the appropriate mathematical tools. Topics such as simultaneous equations, matrices, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers and vectors will be covered.



This subject provides the students with an understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry concepts and applications useful in the bioengineering field. Topics covered include the principles, theories and applications of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry, ranging from atomic structure and electron configuration, stoichiometry, the periodic table, chemical bonding, equilibria, electrochemistry, and thermochemistry to topics of organic chemistry covering the hydrocarbons, haloalkanes, the hydroxy, carbonyl and carboxylic acids compounds. Essential practical sessions on chemical experimentation are also covered.


This subject covers a spectrum of fundamental physics laws and concepts applicable to the scope of engineering physics. It covers a few core areas including Mechanics, Energy, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism, Waves & Optics and Materials. This subject provides a foundation for a further in depth study of the various engineering disciplines.


This subject covers the process of decomposing a problem into a sequence of smaller
abstractions. The abstractions are implemented in software in a structured top-down approach. Software implementation includes the process of designing, writing, testing, and debugging program code.


This subject covers the basic knowledge and skills needed for collecting, cleaning, and sharing data.  You should be able to apply techniques for data visualisation to facilitate more accurate and effective data-driven decisions.  Basic methods of descriptive and predictive analytics will be introduced and you will gain hands-on experience through the use of analytics software tools in case studies and problem demonstrations.


This subject introduces ordinary differential equations and approximation using the Maclaurin series and Fourier series. You will learn how to formulate engineering problems using first and second order differential equations and to solve initial value problems using techniques such as Laplace transforms. The application of statistics – Hypothesis Testing – will also be taught.


This subject provides you with a working knowledge of embedded systems. It exposes you to the basics of microcontroller architecture, programming and application development. You will acquire knowledge the and skills through the development and testing of smart microcontroller-based systems for real-world applications such as an intelligent clothes hanger, a smart home, a bank automated queuing system, or a traffic-light and pedestrian crossing control system, among many others. 


This subject introduces fundamental instrumentation theories for biomedical applications and design requirements for the measurement of bio-signals. Topics include electrodes and transducers, bio-potential measurements, amplifier basics, as well as differential and instrumentation amplifiers. Filter designs, noise and electromagnetic interference issues are also discussed.


This subject discusses the fundamentals of medical devices generally used in hospitals, such as the electrocardiograph, electroencephalograph, electromyograph, therapeutic devices, as well as life-saving and support devices. The essential principles of safety and reliability of medical devices are also covered.


This subject provides the fundamental knowledge of, and introduces good manufacturing practices in, the design and manufacturing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. It covers design control, equipment maintenance, contamination prevention, qualification and validation, non-conformance handling as well as technical documentation.


This subject will cover Medical Imaging techniques and Health Information Systems with the implementation of IT in the healthcare setting.  This covers decision-making in patient care, clinical workflow, network infrastructures, standards and interoperability issues, and patient data privacy and security.


The Major Project gives you an opportunity to integrate and apply your knowledge in a practical learning situation. Besides research, design and project management skills, the emphasis will also be on innovation, creativity, teamwork and enterprise.


Elective Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers biochemical and molecular exchanges that occur within the human body in the context of medicine, usually in terms of drug interactions or cellular responses to diseases. It includes Biochemistry, which investigates the constituents of biological systems, their properties and their significance to biological science, as well as Molecular Genetics, which studies DNA structure, DNA replication, DNA transcription & translation and DNA mutations.  Connections will also be made between the two areas of study.


This subject focuses on important aspects of clinical laboratory and instruments widely used in clinical laboratories. Topics include centrifuges, automated analysers, separation techniques, bioreactors, mass spectrometry and clinical trials. Essential insights to clinical laboratory practices are also given.


This subject focuses on the hearing health sector in biomedicine. It exposes you to the science of hearing assessment and technologies available to remediate hearing loss. You will study the properties of sound, the physiology of hearing and the causes of hearing impairment; and you will be equipped with the skills to screen for hearing impairment. You will also learn about the underlying technologies behind digital hearing aids.


This subject provides opportunities for you to integrate and apply your knowledge for high level competitions or projects in practical learning situations.  The project or skills training can involve substantial work related to either a high level industrial program or an end-user product, as well as advanced training to develop technical abilities to execute specific tasks competitively.  It could also involve the development, evaluation of workable designs and implementation of ideas related to an innovative product suitable for manufacturing, or an improvement to existing products or processes.  You may be required to work on software, hardware, or a combination of both hardware and software. 


Special Electives

Students can opt to take Special Electives when offered. These optional subjects, taken in addition to the diploma elective subjects, aim to stretch the students'potential to enable them meet their aspirations.

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

The focus of this subject is on the application of students’ existing domain knowledge to develop a deliverable.  The subject will introduce new skills and knowledge specific to the project, as and when required.


This subject provides opportunities for students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills, along with their fundamental and in-depth knowledge from different subjects to designing, developing, and implementing a well-engineered project solution.


Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.


Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.


The subject introduces mathematical concepts and techniques used in advanced engineering courses. You will learn topics in calculus such as limits and continuity, infinite series, improper integrals, multiple integrals, higher order differential equations, 2D and 3D analytic geometry, and partial differentiation.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 83 credit units
Diploma Elective Subjects min 7 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 126 credit units

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Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Engineering

  (65) 6780 5144
  (65) 6787 7641

Teaching Staff

Staff Staff Name Designation Phone Email

Danker, Adrian Noel

M.Sc, MBA, B.Eng (Hons)

Course Manager 67805421 dankeran@tp.edu.sg

Kwok Siew Loong

M.EngSc, B.Eng (Hons)

Course Co-ordinator 67805404 kwoksl@tp.edu.sg

Chung Kwong Yuew

M.Sc (Bioinfo), M.Ed, M.Sc (EE), B.Eng (EE)

Section Head 67805422 chungky@tp.edu.sg

Tan Geok Ling

B.Eng (Hons), M.Ed

Section Head 67805472 geokling@tp.edu.sg

Qian Xi Jun

M.Sc, B.Eng

Senior Lecturer 67805479 qianxi@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Rangaswamy Raja

Ph.D, M.Phil, M.Sc (Bioinfo)

Senior Lecturer 67806677 raja@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Subbaraman Ravichandran

Ph.D, M.Sc

Senior Lecturer 67806528 subbaram@tp.edu.sg

Wong Peng Soon
M.Sc, B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67806615 pengsoon@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Zhang Huiyu

Ph.D, B.Eng (Hons)

Senior Lecturer 67805405 zhanghy@tp.edu.sg

Student Achievements


IES Innovation Challenge 2015
Three students from the Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (BME) participated in the Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) Innovation Challenge 2015 with their project, “ADAM-Adventitious Breath Monitor”, an application (in mobile app or desktop versions) that can detect, read and interpret the sound of a patient’s breathing via an audio detector placed on the patient’s chest or trachea. The app alerts the user if any signs or symptoms of respiratory disorders are detected based on an intelligent algorithm. Results are available instantly be sent to a doctor for review. This project won them the Bronze award in the IES Innovation Challenge held in July 2015.

Our was the only polytechnic team to have won a top-3 award, beating teams from both local and overseas polytechnics and universities – a testimony to the high national and international standing of our students in the field of engineering design.


Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Award 2015
Our students from the Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (BME) clinched a Commendation award with the project, “Earresponsible”. It is an Android app which allows users to test whether the volume at which they normally listen to music on their mobile devices is “safe”. If the safe level is breached, a red light in the app flashes. This system aims to raise awareness of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). The students also modified the App for a PC, renaming it “DeciBird”, and this modified project, essentially with the same features, will be displayed at the Singapore Science Centre as a permanent exhibit from August 2015.

Jean Yap, Perry Yew and Wong Geng Hui, with their supervisor

Assistive & Rehabilitation Technologies (ART) Students’ Innovation Challenge
Our BME students also won a Commendation award with their project, the “Hearing Health Screening Test”. This project is an audiometry package that incorporates a series of tests to assess the hearing ability of patients and can be calibrated to suit different age groups and individuals. Scores are recorded and stored together with a patient’s data.

Amanda, Seok Chin, Shermine, Beardsley and Wendy, with their supervisor

Amazing Science-X Challenge 2014
Two BME students won a Bronze medal when they created a display project to demonstrate the Bernoulli Principle. They created a tank with ping pong balls in a pipe. When a strong gust of air is blown above the tank, the ping pong balls react by moving in the opposite direction to the air flow, thereby demonstrating the Bernoulli Principle. This is because a region of lower pressure is created at the entrance of the pipe near the source of the wind, hence causing the balls to move from the region of higher pressure at the other end of the pipe, to one of lower pressure.

Kevin Chua (left) and Rajalakshimi (4th) with their wining project

Science Buskers Festival Competition 2014
Try stealing some sweets from the pocket of a dummy, and then try hugging the dummy. Sounds easy enough? Well, visitors to the booth run by two students from the Diploma in Biomedical Engineering, found that it was not as easy as it sounds. An ultrasonic sensor and an infra-red sensor were positioned near the dummy's pocket and the dummy's shoulder respectively. Visitors who tried to steal the sweets inside the dummy's pocket, or to hug the dummy, activated the sensors when their hands got near, triggering an alarm and a flashing red LED light.

This simple but effective (and interactive) way of showing how sensors work, using this project called "Sensory Wonders", won two BME students a Silver medal in the competition.

Our buskers, Sayazana and Siti, with Jim the dummy, and their supervisor

Papers Presented

Singapore Medical Journal, 2014
International Journal of Audiology, 2014
Three BME students did a research project on “Leisure Noise-induced Hearing Loss in Asian Youths” during their final year of study.  Together with their supervisor, Mr Gary Lee Jek Chong, they then published their findings in the prestigious Singapore Medical Journal and the International Journal of Audiology in May 2014.

Angeline Kuan Yi Wei, Joshua Teo Han Wei and Tan Hui Guang


Respiratory Monitoring System

The respiratory monitoring system is a mobile kit that helps users to achieve respiratory wellness. It first records non-invasively the user’s breath through an audio detector; then uses an intelligent and accurate algorithm, running on an Android platform, to diagnose the respiratory wellness level. Users will be alerted instantly of any signs or symptoms of respiratory disorder. For the active, it screens current condition to assess if he or she is fit for physical activity. For the healthy, it periodically tracks and trends respiratory patterns to pick up any abnormality. For the sick, it detects exacerbations for prompt treatment and alleviation. This project is currently undergoing clinical trials at the KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital.


Study and Applications of Intelligent Hydrogels

Intelligent polymer gels or hydrogels are multiphase macromolecular networks that are able to exhibit discrete or continuous volumetric transformation in response to changes in external environmental conditions or stimuli, such as pH level, concentration, ionic strength, temperature, light radiation, electric or magnetic fields, and pressure. Stimuli-responsive hydrogels with antibacterial and biocompatible properties that also promote tissue cell growth have great potential in biomedical applications.

Students work on projects that focus on the synthesis of different types of hydrogels and on the investigation of the various intelligent hydrogel properties and how hydrogel responds to changing environmental stimuli.

The different forms of hydrogel


Auditory Training Web Portal

The auditory training web portal was developed by our team of experienced staffs and project students. Results from trials done together with our clinical partner at CGH showed that with consistent use of the web portal, auditory skills significantly improves, thus maximising the benefit of hearing aid. 


Automated Hearing Test Systems

The PC based Automated Hearing Test System allows many patients to be tested all at once without the attendance of a clinician for each patient. The software automatically generates and plays random tone and volume, and based on patient’s response, adjusts the volume output depending on whether he/she can or cannot hear the tone. The final hearing thresholds of the patient at different frequencies are recorded, together with the reliability of the patient’s responses determined through careful algorithm. The patient’s audiogram will be presented to him/her at the end of the test. This project won the EPS award and the software was used to provide free hearing test for TP staffs and family as well as neighbourhood elderly care faculties.

A similar application was also developed for the Android platform in another project in the following year. It also won the merits award and was featured in the local newspaper and the 50Plus Expo Apr 2014.


Biological Science Lab 

This lab is dedicated to subjects such as Biology and Chemistry and includes microscopes for viewing slides of tissues and cells, centrifuges and shakers for biological extraction, incubators for incubating cultures, measuring tools such as micropipettes and precision electronic balances, spectrophotometer for transmittance (T) and absorbance (A) studies as well as high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) units.

Medical Instrumentation Lab

This lab has all the basic instruments such as millimeters, ossicilocope, DC power supplies, function generators and PC-based measuring tools for using MATLAB programs.  It is used by our students to design and construct circuits for bio signal analysis, as well as real time testing and troubleshooting.  The lab also has a provision for students to simulate and test circuits using software tool.

Bioscience Lab

This lab is used by our students to learn about the use of medical devices used in the hospitals such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, the physiological monitoring system, infusion pumps, ventilators, and NIBP measuring and calibrating devices.  This lab is also used for teaching about the use of audiometers used primarily in studies related to hearing devices.

Bioinformatics Lab 

This lab is dedicated for all studies on bioinformatics and students make use of the various bioinformatics tools to learn about biological databases, computational methods and algorithms in genome analysis, as well as techniques such as pairwise and multiple sequence alignment techniques in this lab.

Biomedical Engineering DU

The Biomedical Engineering Diploma Unit (DU) houses the latest clinical laboratory equipment used to train students in conducting lab experiments and handling, operating and interpreting a wide variety of biomedical and electronics equipment, including diagnosis and life support devices.  Facilities in this DU include a sound room where tests on hearing sensitivity are done, as well as facilities and equipment for the calibration and fitting of hearing aids for patients.

Diploma Student Club

The student club of the Diploma in Biomedical Engineering (BME), called “BioEngenes”, takes the lead in organising activities such as study trips and exchange programmes.

Exchange Programme with Japanese students

Students from the Biomedical Engineering Diploma course hosted a group of Japanese students from Hachinohe National College of Technology (HNCT), Japan for a week during the March 2012 holidays. The event was such a success that it left the students in tears when it was time to part.

BME students hosting their Japanese counterparts

The following year, the college invited our BME students to visit their campus as part of a study trip in March 2013.  It was an eye opener for the participants and the study trip even made the news on Japanese local TV.  Due to the success and popularity of the programme amongst the Japanese students, in the next 2 years, BioEngenes hosted bigger groups of Japanese and for durations of up to 10 days.  In appreciation of our continued support and hospitality, HNCT in return sponsored 20 scholarships for our students to visit and stay at their college in September 2015.

BME students during an educational trip to Japan


Alumni Success Stories

1) Amanda Er Tse Wern (2014)

Amanda Er Tse Wern graduated from this diploma in 2014.  During her 3 years in TP, she earned the A*STAR Science Award scholarship for her second and third years of study.  She also won the CCA Merit Award (Leadership).  Upon getting her diploma, Amanda was given the MOH Healthcare Merit Award scholarship to pursue a degree in Radiography & Medical Imaging at Monash University, Australia.  “My diploma has equipped me with very practical skills that can be applied to solve real problems, making me a competent and confident individual,” she declares.


2) Gong Jing Eng @ Thor Jia Yi (2014)

Like her course-mate, Gong Jing Eng @ Thor Jia Yi was also awarded the MOH Healthcare Merit Award scholarship after graduating with the Diploma in Biomedical Engineering in 2014.  She is pursuing a degree in Nursing.

3) Joshua Teo Han Wei (2012)

Joshua Teo Han Wei (graduated 2012) is the first TP diploma holder to be accepted into the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine to become a medical doctor.  He is the first to take this route since NUS officially recognised our Diploma in Biomedical Engineering for admission into its Medicine and Dentistry degree programmes. (Joshua was featured in The Straits Times on the 26 May 2014.)

4) Elfaine Tan (2008)

Ms Elfaine Tan, who graduated with a Diploma in Biomedical Engineering in 2008, is an example of how versatile a poly diploma can be.  Just after obtaining her diploma, she set up her own company, Fr3B, which is an online product sampling platform.  Users write online reviews about products they have used, in return for credit points and free samples of various products, while Elfaine earns her revenue from advertising.  Response was overwhelming and the site’s  membership base grew to about 2,000 within her first year of operation.  For her outstanding enterprise, she was given the “Most Promising Enterprise LiveWIRE Award” in 2009.  In 2010, she renamed her company “The Sample Store”, and she set up a brick & mortar shop at Stamford Road to complement her cyber domination with a physical presence.  Like all perceptive entrepreneurs, Elfaine then saw an opportunity to diversify into the related area of publicity and advertising, renaming her company, once again, to “EK Media Pte Ltd”.  As business continued to boom, her start-up company was bought over by SingPost for $1.2 million in 2013.  But Elfaine continued to remain as an advisor on its board of directors, until she left the company in early 2015 – with a much thicker wallet than when she first started the business.  So if you think that a poly diploma holder can never be a millionaire, think again!