The Diploma in Biomedical Sciences (DBMS) will teach you the essentials of human anatomy, different diseases and their corresponding treatments, preparing you for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry.
The course structure consists of general, discipline and specialisation modules. There is also an industry orientation component.
B102 Organisational Behaviour
G101 Cognitive Processes and Problem Solving
G107 Effective Communication
G905 Life Skills
A103 Anatomy and Physiology
A204 Anatomy and Physiology II
A222 Molecular and Cell Biology
A233 Pharmacology and Toxicology
A301 Laboratory Management
Choose one out of two specialisation tracks listed below
Option 1: Biomedical Research Track
A331 Cell Cycle and Oncology
A332 Structural Biology
A351 Medical Microbiology
Option 2: Medical Laboratory Technology Track
A251 Medical Technology
A351 Medical Microbiology
A352 Diagnostic Pathology
A353 Clinical Chemistry
Industry Orientation Programme
A931 Industry Immersion Programme
Select 1 module from the list below:
A202 Chemistry II
A205 Epidemiologic Methods
A224 Recombinant DNA Technologies
A252 Patient Care
Freely Chosen Module
Choose from the prescribed range of freely-chosen modules offered by the schools in RP.
To understand the nature of diseases and how to tackle them, students must first comprehend how diseases develop in the human body.
Both of our specialist tracks, Biomedical Research and Medical Laboratory Technology, will give you access to our state-of-the-art facilities and powerful diagnostic technology for rigorous practical training. You will also be exposed to cutting-edge research when you embark on industry attachments at leading institutions such as the National University of Singapore and A*STAR research laboratories.
DBMS graduates are ideally placed to pursue a degree in various medical specialisms including biological science, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, chemistry, medical science, medical laboratory technology, bioengineering and psychology. A large proportion of our graduates go on to undertake their degrees at top local universities. Top universities overseas also welcome our graduates with advanced standing of up to two years. They include:
- National University of Singapore
- Nanyang Technological University
- Singapore Management University
- Singapore Institute of Technology
- Australian National University (Australia)
- Monash University (Australia)
- Newcastle University (UK)
- Queen's University Belfast (UK)
- RMIT University (Australia)
- The University of Melbourne (Australia)
- The University of Queensland (Australia)
- University of Leeds (UK)
Upon graduation, DBMS students can choose to deepen their skills and knowledge in a chosen field before embarking on their career. They could either sign up for part-time courses or pursue ELPs.
With the new opportunities arising in the research, manufacturing, education, medical and healthcare sectors, DBMS graduates are poised to take on roles such as:
- Biomedical Research Assistant
- Laboratory Technologist
- Medical and Laboratory Product Specialist
- Medical Technologist
- Quality Control / Quality Assurance Officer
Diploma Certificate for Diploma in Biomedical Science (DBMS).
To meet the graduation requirement, students will need to achieve a total number of modular credits as stipulated in the graduation criteria of their diploma programme. Students should complete the diploma programme within three years of enrolment.
Nitec Minimum net GPA ≥ 3.5
Higher Nitec Minimum net GPA ≥ 2.0
- Obtain an A-S grade for General Paper (English Medium),
- Obtain an A-E grade for 3 other H2 subjects, AND
- Must have taken GCE ‘A' Level examinations whilst studying in a Junior College / Millennia Institute in Singapore
Course Fees & Financing
Singapore Citizens: S$2,880
Singapore Permanent Residents: S$5,710
International Students (with GST): S$10,153
Scholarships & Awards
RP Freshman Scholarship: A bond-free scholarship for RP freshmen
External Scholarships: Scholarships by external organisations
PFP Scholarships: Scholarships for RP Polytechnic Foundation Programme students
Edusave Awards: Edusave Merit Bursary, Edusave Good Progress Award, and Edusave Skills Award
Higher Year Scholarships: Scholarships for Year 2 and Year 3 RP students
Please contact us for details of scholarships and other financial assistance schemes.
Ms Esther Chng
Designation: Programme Chair (DBMS)
Department: School of Applied Science
Esther graduated from King’s College London with an honours degree in Biomedical Science. Prior to completing her degree, she had an opportunity to do an attachment at the National University of Singapore where she gained experience in cell cultures and virus propagation. Esther has been living overseas for the last ten years in various countries namely, Uganda, France and the United Kingdom, which explains her interest in travelling. Besides this, she has a passion for music and has performed with various musical groups. Esther also thoroughly enjoys voluntary work and has helped out at hospitals, disabled schools for children and residential homes. Esther looks forward to sharing her experiences and knowledge with the students.
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Our holistic and broad-based curriculum prepares students for an active and meaningful role in society as problem solvers, respected professionals and passionate citizens.