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Diploma in Bioengineering
(DBEN) S58
School of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (MAE)

With DBEN, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to develop medical devices or use diagnostic procedures for the Biomedical Sciences, healthcare and research sectors.

You will be exposed to various disciplines such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and life sciences. Besides core engineering subjects, you will also be prepared on topics related to biomaterials, research protocols, immunology, human anatomy and physiology.

What makes the DBEN unique?

  • Multi-disciplinary course combining mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and life sciences ensures you of a wide range of career options in the medical or engineering fields.
  • You will gain first-hand knowledge in emerging technologies such as Human Interface Technology and Assistive Technology which could see rising demand due to an ageing population.
  • You get the chance to complete your internship at hospitals and research institutions and also collborate with scientists and doctors on clinical and research projects.
  • You may be eligible for the Diploma Plus in Healthcare Innovation certificate where you will be further exposed to the issues faced by society including the elderly. This allows you to better understand and realise the needs of future patients. The Diploma Plus certificate also equips you with additional marketing, resources management and financial skills.
  • You can gain direct entry to the second year of the Bioengineering degree in NTU and module exemptions for a similar degree in NUS.

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


  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)


DBEN is a three-year full-time course with common first-year modules.

First Year

  • Electrical Engineering Principles
  • Electronic Engineering Principles
  • Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Mechanics I
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Engineering Materials I
  • Thermofluids I
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Computer Programming

Second Year

  • General Biochemistry
  • Introductory Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introductory Microbiology & Immunology
  • Biomedical Equipment & Practices
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Design and Build Medical Device
  • Mechanics II
  • Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Thermofluids II
  • Engineering Mathematics II

Third Year

  • Genetics & Molecular Biology
  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Project (15 weeks)
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Contamination Controls & Clean Room
  • Biofluids
  • cGMP & Medical Device Validation
  • Biostatistics

Advanced Modules (optional)

  • Mechanics III
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Instrumentation & Control
  • Advanced Mathematics 1
  • Advanced Mathematics 2
  • Advanced Mathematics 3
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics

For a synopsis of the modules, click here.

There is strong demand for DBEN graduates in Singapore’s rapidly growing Biomedical Engineering sector. Besides working in areas such as research & development at hospitals or research institutions, DBEN graduates can also work for biomedical companies to design and test new biomedical products. Through the Diploma Plus certificate option, students can also learn additional marketing, resources management and financial skills which they can utilize as a Sales or Service Engineer for a company that supplies medical products. Some other roles available to DBEN graduates include:

  • Medical Device Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technologist
  • Assistant Quality Control Engineer

Further Studies

As a DBEN graduate, you may be offered advanced standing from both local and overseas universities. They include:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Western (Australia)
  • University of Sheffield (UK)

You can also apply for non-engineering degree courses.