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Diploma in Computer Engineering
(DCPE) S53
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)

With the Diploma in Computer Engineering (DCPE), you will be equipped with a solid foundation in computer networking, hardware and software engineering as well as electronic engineering.

You will learn how to use and apply computer technology to control and connect activities and communication through digital networks while bearing in mind the latest cyber security protocols. Skills and knowledge required to develop applications for computers and mobile devices will also be taught to empower you to be an all-rounded computer engineer.

What makes DCPE unique?

  • You can choose to specialise in two specific areas from a wide range of subjects such as Networking, Computer Security, Cloud Systems, Microcontrollers, Info-communication, Mobile and Software application development. This gives them general and specialised knowledge in their subject area.
  • Prepares you for World/Industry Certification Examinations such as Cisco Certified Network Associate, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Oracle Java Developer certifications, which help enhance your career prospects.
  • Only Hardware-centric Computer Engineering Diploma course in Singapore, giving you the unique opportunity to learn and interact with commonly used hardware in the industry. You get the chance to manage and run a fully equipped Cloud centre as part of the course work, giving you the unique learning experience before you start work.
  • Generous credit exemptions from local and overseas universities for Computer Science/Engineering, InfoComm Engineering, and Electronic Engineering degree courses.
  • Excellent overseas exposure in countries like Japan and China via our 6-week attachment programme.
  • Close Collaboration with renowned universities like Singapore University of Technology and Design on projects & internships
  • You can gain direct entry to the second year of NTU’s Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree.

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
  • Computer Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

DCPE is a three-year full-time programme

First Year

  • Structured Programming
  • CADD
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Digital Electronics I
  • Digital Electronics II
  • Principles of Electrical & Electronic Engineering I
  • Principles of Electrical & Electronic Engineering II
  • Introduction to Engineering I
  • Introduction to Engineering II
  • Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Engineering Mathematics I

Second Year

  • Network Systems Design
  • Microcontroller Applications
  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Engineering Mathematics II (A)
  • Engineering Mathematics II (B)

Technical Modules (choose any two from the following) 
Computer Applications

  • Computer Interfacing
  • Data Structures & Algorithms

Computer Networks

  • Computer Networking
  • LAN Switching & Wireless

Computer Security

  • Network Security Systems
  • Networking Vulnerabilities & Security Tools

Computer Systems

  • Data StorageTechnology
  • Server Management

Infocomm Services

  • Client-Server Applications Development
  • Mobile Apps Development

Third Year

  • Final Year Project
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Operating Systems

Technical Modules (choose any two from the following)

Computer Applications

  • Advanced Microcontroller Systems
  • Embedded Computer Systems
  • Microprocessor Systems

Computer Networks

  • Network Management
  • TCP/IP
  • Wide Area Networks

Computer Security

  • Network Analysis & Forensics
  • Firewall Technologies
  • Internet Security

Cloud Systems

  • Cloud Computing Services
  • Data Centre Management
  • System Virtualization

Infocomm Services

  • Broadband Communications
  • IP Multimedia Services
  • Wireless Communications

Network System Administration

  • CCNA Studies
  • Linux Essentials
  • Linux System Administration

Advanced Modules (Optional)

  • Advanced Mathematics 1
  • Advanced Mathematics 2
  • Advanced Mathematics 3
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics

For a synopsis of the modules, click here.

It all begins with a micro-chip. A small piece of silicon is all it takes to control the computers and smart devices in the world. With the increasing usage of smart devices in the last decade, the need for computer engineers to manage and control the hardware, software applications and systems around us has never been greater. DCPE graduates have a wide variety of career options including:

  • Network Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • System Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Supervisor

Further Studies

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

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, USA
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • University of Southampton, UK

You can also further your education by sitting for World-wide recognized Industry Certifications (e.g. Networking - CCNACNWP, Security - CCNA Security, Microsoft - MCSA, Programming - Sun Java, Linux - LPICRHCSA. These certifications will enhance your value as Computer Engineering professionals in Singapore as well as in world-wide organizations.

You can also apply for non-engineering degree courses.