Diploma in Biomedical Science


Course introduction


Course Objectives

The overall aims of the programme are to facilitate the development of a broad-based, core knowledge and understanding of Biomedical Science, coupled with specialist skills and knowledge in one or more areas of biomedical science.

In addition a key aim for the students is to possess a wide range of employability and transferable skills along with an understanding of professional ethics and the relevance of biology to contemporary practical and ethical questions.

On completion of the Diploma in Biomedical Science programme of study, the student will have:

A broad based, core knowledge and understanding of Biomedical Science, including recognition of the complexity and diversity of life processes through the study of organisms, their molecular, cellular and physiological processes, their genetics and evolution, and the interrelationships between them and their environment.
A sound understanding of established theories, principles and concepts, and of a number of advanced and emerging issues at the forefront of Biomedical Science.
A core knowledge and understanding of specific biological disciplines and how these might be applied to humans and the environment.
A sound understanding of the validity and reliability of scientific knowledge, and the uncertainties and difficulties involved in acquiring new scientific knowledge
A basic understanding of technology transfer, IPR, entrepreneurship, health & safety, markets and marketing, growth strategies and innovation in the context of biomedical and the life sciences.
An awareness of the contribution of biosciences to debate and controversies and how this knowledge and understanding forms the basis for informed concern about the quality and sustainability of life

On completion of the Diploma in Biomedical Science programme of study the student will have the following skills:

A broad experience of practical laboratory skills used to safely and ethically collect data in subject specific areas, such as microbiology, immunology, toxicology, genetics and cell &molecular biology.
The ability to accurately disseminate scientific information using appropriate communication methods and media.
The analytical, numerical, statistical and IT skills to record data and then to extract and communicate informed and testable conclusions.
The skills to resolve complex scientific problems by acquiring, interpreting and analysing appropriate knowledge, involving both the critical analysis and evaluation of texts, original papers and reports by others.
The skills in identifying information needs, and in the systematic gathering and analysis of ideas, concepts and data from a range of scientific literature.
The skills of design thinking translated to the biomedical sciences with a view to gaining expertise in the practical, creative resolution of problems or issues.
A range of employability skills relevant to many professional contexts where there is a need for problem solving, decision-making and personal responsibility

The relationship between theory and practice will be constantly examined. The development of intellectual, practical, and employability skills will be embedded into all modules. A combination of examinations, critical analysis and synthesis of laboratory reports, abstracts,business planning exercises, simulations, case studies and dissertation will be amongst the assessment tools used to reinforce and enhance the learning.

Cell Biology

The wide variety of living organisms will be described and will include the distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, plant cells, animal cells and viruses. The cellular basis of all living organisms is one of the characteristics that define life. The module will consider cell types, cellular evolution, ultrastructure and function and, in addition, relate cell types and cell actions to infection and health matters.

Introductory Anatomy & Physiology

Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical and biochemical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. Physiology focuses principally at the level of organs and systems. Most aspects of human physiology are closely related to corresponding aspects of animal physiology, and animal experimentation has provided much of the foundation of physiological knowledge. Anatomy and physiology are closely related fields of study: anatomy, the study of form, and physiology, the study of function, are intrinsically tied and are studied in tandem as part of a medical/biomedical curriculum.This module introduces the students to the anatomy of the human body and explainsthe ways in which the body systems carry out distinct, coordinated and important functions. In this module students will study basic anatomy, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous and sensory systems and the endocrine system.

Introductory Biochemistry

This module introduces the student to the processes and components which make up life at the molecular level. The basic structures of the key important molecules will be described and will include the proteins, the nucleic acids, the lipids and the carbohydrates. The structures will be closely related to biological function in later modules which in turn will help in the understanding of normal and disease states.

Introductory Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of organisms - bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses - that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Not all microorganisms are beneficial. For example one third of the world's population dies from infections (e.g. AIDS affects more than 40 million individuals worldwide), thefoot and mouth epidemics, the emergence of avian influenza (bird flu), with its high mortality, bacteria are constantly evolving mechanisms enabling them to resist antimicrobial agents used to treat infections, driving the quest for new antibiotics. Microbiology is concerned not only with pathogenic microbes that cause disease but also the predominantly beneficial activities of microbes in the environment and their many biological applications. This module will introduce this fascinating topic which will be further developed in later modules.

Personal & Professional Development

This module will provide an introduction to a range of skills that will develop the students in terms of their mathematical abilities, their communication (written and oral) skills, their analytical, design and critical thinking skills, and their innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Each of these key educational outcomes will be further developed through the other modules such that the Diplomates/Advanced Diplomates will be of value to the existing and emerging biomedical industries in Singapore and abroad.

Introductory Biomedical Science Specialisms

This module introduces the student to the different sub-disciplines that comprise the specialist areas within the subject of Biomedical Sciences. The principal sub-disciplines include Clinical Chemistry, Haematology and Serology, Clinical Immunology and Pathology. Medical Microbiology, another major biomedical science specialism is covered in other modules. In this module the student will learn the broad nature and range of scientific areas of particular focus for each of these sub-disciplines and the way in which these are integrated in the hospital setting for patient diagnosis and health improvement. Learning the terminology of the various specialisms will help the student to communicate effectively with a wide range of biomedical scientists and biomedical science laboratories.

Course Duration

Full-time: 8 months with 3-hour lessons/day, 5 days/week
Part-time: 12 months with 3-hour lessons/day, 3 days/week

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face, in classroom mode, practicals.

Assessment methodology

Examinations, critical analysis and synthesis of laboratory reports, abstracts, business planning exercises, simulation and case studies.


In case of cailure of a module, student is allowed to take up to 1 supplementary assessment with payment of the appropriate fee.

Commencement Dates

January, April, Juy, October


-The minimum number of students before the class commences is 15.

-Students will be notified 2 weeks in advance should course not commence.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, a student must complete and pass all 6 modules.

Upon completion of the Diploma, students would be eligible to articulate directly into the Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science programme.

Entry Requirement for Diploma in Biomedical Science

GCE'O' level with at least 3 passes or equivalent

English Language Requirements:

British Council, GCE"O" level pass in English or equivalent

Application Fee

For local students: S$ 53.50 (inclusive of 7% GST)

For international students: S$ 321 (inclusive of 7% GST)#

#For Student's Pass Holders only (Not applicable to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass / Dependant Pass Holders)

Course Fee

$1,600 per module totalling $9,600 (6 modules) before 7% GST

Miscellaneous Fees

Fee Protection Scheme (Insurance)*:
Varies (based on payment amount and date)

Medical Insurance Fee**:
S$100(inclusive of GST at prevailing rate)

• Payment of fee is in Singapore Dollars.
• Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer

Fees & Funding

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