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Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science
(DPCS) S38
School of Chemical & Life Sciences (CLS)

If you have the passion to:

  • formulate products that will give you age-defying looks;
  • uncover the secrets of fragrance creation;
  • create brands that celebrities will endorse,

you are cordially invited to begin your journey with the Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science (DPCS) at SP.

It is the only local diploma programme that provides training in chemistry with applications in perfumery and cosmetic science. You will have integrated learning experience where you will build a strong chemistry foundation and apply your knowledge in specific applications using your senses.

Your training with us will distinguish you from other local diplomas as SP is the only institute of higher learning that offers such training. Your skills will be highly sought after not just locally but internationally in the lucrative and recession resistant fragrance and cosmetic industries.

What makes DPCS unique?

  • Specialisations in Chemistry, Perfumery and Cosmetic Science
  • Get trained in our state-of-the-art Perfumery and Cosmetic Science Centre
  • Collaborations with our industry partners to commercialise the local student formulations: the Romance Singapore series of perfumes as well as various types of room scents
  • Real and exciting experiences in making perfumes and cosmetic products, producing fragrance raw materials through organic synthesis and distilling essential oils from plant extracts
  • Internship with perfumers, chemists, product formulators or dermatologists at chemical or cosmetic companies or fragrance and flavour houses
  • Be awarded with a training certificate in ‘Analytical Instrumentation and Laboratory Technique' accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK

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

The Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Cell Biology
  • Communicating for Personal & Team Effectiveness
  • Communicating for Project (Report) Effectiveness
  • Engineering Mathematics I
  • Hair Care Raw Materials and Products
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Fragrances and Flavours
  • Laboratory Skills in Analytical & Physical Chemistry
  • Laboratory Skills in Inorganic & Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Skin Care Raw Materials and Products
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2

Second Year

  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Basic Instrumental Analysis
  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Colloid Chemistry
  • Engineering Mathematics II
  • Formulation Science of Cosmetics
  • Fragrance and Flavour Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry - Reaction Mechanism
  • Product Innovation and Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Quality Assurance & Statistics
  • General Education 3
  • Social Innovation Project

Third Year

Choose between two programmes: SENSE and FEEL.

FEEL Programme

  • Advanced Instrumental and Laboratory Techniques
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Industrial Training Programme
  • Internship Programme
  • Laboratory Management
  • Project
  • Safety Assessment, GMP and Cosmetic Regulations
  • The Art of Perfumery

SENSE Programme

  • Extended Internship Programme
  • Laboratory Management
  • Safety Assessment, GMP and Cosmetic Regulations
  • The Art of Perfumery

For a synopsis of each module, click here.

Exciting career opportunities include:

  • Chemist
  • Formulator
  • Fragrance Evaluator
  • Procurement Executive
  • Product Application Chemist
  • Product Development Specialist
  • Quality Control / Assurance Chemist
  • Regulatory and Product Safety Personnel
  • Sales / Business / Marketing Executive
  • Trainee / Assistant Perfumer

Further Studies

You can gain direct entry into second or third year of degree programmes in prestigious local and overseas universities.