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Diploma in Biotechnology
(DBT) S72
School of Chemical & Life Sciences (CLS)

An inquiry-focus curriculum for bio-enthusiasts who love to learn through self-discovery.

The diploma focuses on translational and life sciences, research and the bio-pharmaceutical industries. Fun and interactive modules in the first year form a foundation in biosciences. This is further enhanced in the second year through an integrated approach to encourage life-long learning. Structured internships in the final year reinforce fundamental and applied knowledge.

Opportunities are available for students to expand their interests through elective modules in Forensic Biology, Cytogenetics, Introductory Pharmacology, Bio-entrepreneurship or Agrobiotechnology.

Biotechnology is the science for this century and SP is the pioneer in offering the Diploma in Biotechnology (DBT). With Singapore’s positioning as a Bio-Hub, the rapidly expanding biosciences and biologics industries will open the door to many career possibilities.

What makes DBT unique?

  • Hands-on training in specialised laboratories on campus and through internships and research projects
  • Work with prominent scientists and researchers in local and overseas top-ranked universities and research institutions during internships
  • Opportunity to gain an additional Certificate in Biorisk Management
  • A career in R&D, biologics, bio-pharmaceuticals, commerce, food or as biosafety coordinators

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-B
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 Biotechnology is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Analytical and Physical Chemistry
  • Bio-conceptualise
  • Bio-explore
  • Cell and Molecular Genetics
  • Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Immunology
  • Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Mathematics A
  • Mathematics B
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology and Biochemistry
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2

Second Year

  • Advanced Cell Biology
  • Bio-discover
  • Bioprocess and Biologics Technology
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Flow Cytometry and Microscopy
  • Molecular Techniques
  • Organic Chemistry – Reaction Mechanism
  • Proteomics
  • Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • 1 Elective Module
  • Good Biosafety Practices

Third Year

  • Drug Discovery and Bioinformatics
  • Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Internship
  • 1 Elective Module

Elective Modules:

  • Agrobiotechnology
  • Bio-entrepreneurship
  • Cytogenetics
  • Forensic Biology
  • Introductory Pharmacology
  • Bioremediation Technologies

For a synopsis of each module, click here.

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

  • Academia / Teachers
  • Clinical Trial Coordinator
  • Laboratory Biosafety Coordinator
  • Microbiologists
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales and Marketing Executive
  • Technical Specialist

Further Studies

Many of our graduates continue their studies in the universities. You can gain direct entry into second or third year degree programmes in local and overseas universities. You also have the flexibility to pursue other courses such as biomedical and life sciences, biomedicine, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, teaching, tissue engineering and biomedical science and Chinese Medicines at the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.