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Diploma in Applied Chemistry
(DAPC) S64
School of Chemical & Life Sciences (CLS)

Chemistry has improved lives by revealing the secrets behind how medicine works and how to make our world greener. These are just some of the things that you will learn from the Diploma in Applied Chemistry (DAPC) course. It was formerly called Diploma in Applied Chemistry with Pharmaceutical Science.

The DAPC course provides the learning environment for you to conduct research on, synthesise and test new chemicals, drugs and materials. By the end of the course, you will be able to solve problems independently and experience what it is like to work at the frontiers of investigative chemistry.

Through a specially developed progressive learning strategy, you will be imparted with knowledge acquisition skills on fundamental Chemistry principles during your first year. In the second year, you are equipped with the skills to perform chemical investigations and interpretation of results using real-life situations. During your third year, you will be able to develop and optimise new products or methods to improve lives, igniting your creativity skills.

Upon graduation, you will be ready to contribute to the chemical, pharmaceutical and materials-related industry or further your studies in tertiary institutions.

What makes DAPC unique?

  • Only course in Singapore on Applied Chemistry
  • Specialise in one of the four options: Medicinal Chemistry Research, Pharmaceutical Science, Industrial Chemistry, or Materials Science
  • Course is internationally recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK
  • Work with state-of-the-art equipment in well-designed laboratories: Chemistry Suite, Materials Formulation, Materials Prototyping and Materials Diagnostics
  • Internship or dedicated research experience with local and overseas institutions
  • Forensics is offered in the curriculum

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 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)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-C
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 7

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 6

c) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6

  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Physical Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

The Diploma in Applied Chemistry is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
  • Communicating for Project (Report) Effectiveness
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Environmental Studies
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Laboratory Skills in Analytical and Physical Chemistry
  • Laboratory Skills in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Materials and its Applications
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry

Second Year & Third Year

From year 2, students are allowed to specialise in the area of their particular interest. They can choose from the folllowing options:

  • Industrial Chemistry Option
  • Materials Science Option
  • Medicinal Chemistry Research Option
  • Pharmaceutical Science Option

Second Year - Industrial Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Medicinal Chemistry Research Option

  • Basic Instrumental Analysis
  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Environmental Systems and Management
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • General Education 3
  • Laboratory Management
  • Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Quality Assurance and Statistics
  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project

Second Year - Materials Science Option

  • Basic Instrumental Analysis
  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • General Education 3
  • Materials Characterisation & Failure Analysis
  • Materials Laboratory Skills
  • Materials Processing
  • Materials Processing Skills
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metallic and Ceramic Materials
  • Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
  • Polymeric Materials
  • Quality Assurance and Statistics
  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project

Third Year - Industrial Chemistry Option

  • Advanced Instrumental and Lab Techniques
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Internship Programme
  • Petroleum and its Applications
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • cGMP and Validation

Third Year - Materials Science Option

  • Advanced Materials
  • Coatings and Adhesives
  • Corrosion Science
  • Elastomers
  • Internship Programme
  • Laboratory Management
  • Materials Innovation & Design

Third Year - Medicinal Chemistry Research Option

  • Advanced Instrumental and Lab Techniques
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Internship Programme
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Biomaterials

Third Year - Pharmaceutical Science

  • Advanced Instrumental and Lab Techniques
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Bioprocess Engineering Principles
  • cGMP and Validation
  • Internship Programme
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

For a synopsis of each module, click here.

Exciting career opportunities await you when you graduate. Your career options include:

Further Studies

You can gain direct entry into the second or third year of a degree programme in local and overseas universities.