< Back to previous
Diploma in Biomedical Science
(DBS) S98
School of Chemical & Life Sciences (CLS)

Biomedical Science is all about science that “saves lives” – from the science of human functionality to research activities for knowledge and development of diagnostic tools and finally to medical testing for diagnosis, management and prevention of diseases.

Our students can choose from three exciting specialisation options: Medical Technology, Cardiac Technology and Biomedical Research.

The only curriculum in Singapore recognised by international accreditations:

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) USA
  • Institute of Biomedical Science, (IBMS) UK

What makes DBS special?

  • Internships at top-notch clinical laboratories or premier research laboratories including A* STAR Institutes and top-ranked universities in US
  • Opportunity to gain an additional Certificate in Phlebotomy or Biorisk Management
  • Training Partnership with National Heart Centre Singapore for Cardiac Technology option for an authentic learning experience
  • Opportunities to work with prominent local and international research scientists and clinicians on current research projects
  • Fantastic network of students and alumni
  • Opportunity to expand interests through elective modules in Forensic Biology, Cytogenetics, Pharmacology, Clinical Research Management or Bio-entrepreneurship.

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

The Diploma in Biomedical Science is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Analytical & Physical Chemistry
  • Basic Pathology
  • Cell and Molecular Genetics
  • Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Immunology
  • Inorganic & Organic Chemistry
  • Mathematics A
  • Mathematics B
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology & Biochemistry
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2

Second Year

Medical Technology Option:

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Haematology
  • Applied Haematology
  • Applied Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Pathology Techniques
  • Molecular Medical Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry – Reaction Mechanism
  • Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Blood Banking
  • Histological Techniques
  • Applied Clinical Chemistry

Cardiac Technology Option:

  • Applied Clinical Chemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Good Biosafety Practices
  • Haematology
  • Introductory Pharmacology
  • Molecular Pathology Techniques
  • Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
  • Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Good Biosafety Practices
  • Medical Microbiology

Biomedical Research Option:

  • Advanced Immunology
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals in Instrumentation Analysis
  • Good Biosafety Practices
  • Haematology
  • Integrated Pathology & Case Analysis
  • Introductory Pharmacology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Pathology Techniques
  • Organic Chemistry – Reaction Mechanism
  • Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Good Biosafety Practices

Third Year

Medical Technology Option:

  • Advances in Laboratory Medicine
  • Applied Haematology
  • Applied Immunology
  • Clinical Instrumentation and Automation
  • Good Biosafety Practices
  • Biostatistics
  • Project
  • Internship

Elective Modules:

  • Bio-entrepreneurship
  • Clinical Research Management
  • Cytogenetics
  • Forensics Biology
  • Introductory Pharmacology

Cardiac Technology Option:

  • Applied Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology
  • Cardiac Drugs and Calculation
  • Clinical Attachment
  • Clinical Research Management
  • Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiac Catheterisation
  • ECG & Rhythm Disorders
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrophysiology & Pacemakers
  • General Cardiology & Cardiac Disorders 1
  • General Cardiology & Cardiac Disorders 2

Biomedical Research Option:

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Clinical Research Management
  • Current Topics in Biomedical Research
  • Final Year Project
  • Research Internship

For a synopsis of each module, click here.

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

  • Academia / Teachers
  • Administrator (Medical Industry)
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Phlebotomist
  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales and Marketing Executive
  • Technical Specialist

Further Studies

A high percentage of our graduates is offered admission to local universities. You will also be granted direct entry into the second or third year of degree programmes in Australian and British universities. You also have the flexibility to pursue other disciplines such as Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy at the National University of Singapore or Biomedical Science and Chinese Medicine at the Nanyang Technological University.