Create pharmaceuticals from cells, discover useful chemicals or synthesise new medicines, use advanced technologies to manufacture highly valued petrochemicals and medicines, develop innovative food products that are safe and nutritionally balanced, help build a sustainable future with environmental and clean energy technologies; these knowledge and skills come from studying in the chemical technologies and life sciences programs offered by the School of Chemical & Life Sciences (SCL).

SCL provides a conducive learning environment to nurture fertile minds and spark creativity and innovation. You will learn the latest technologies in our modern and state-of-the-art, industry-standard training facilities, pilot plants and laboratories. In addition, our team of highly qualified, experienced, dynamic and caring lecturers will equip you with professional and value-added skills. Beyond academic excellence, we also encourage the development of important personal competence skills to complement the professional knowledge and skills you will acquire.

At SCL, you’ll enjoy the benefits of an all-rounded pedagogy through informative lectures, challenging laboratory practicals, e-learning, tutorials, field trips and applied research projects with lecturers and industry. Our lecture series will be supplemented by seminars conducted by invited speakers from industry and academia with international standings.

Field trips to food manufacturing facilities, petrochemical and pharmaceutical plants, and research institutes will provide rich learning experience for our students and better prepare them for their careers. Through our Structured Internship Program, students will gain invaluable first-hand work experience in the chemical technology and life sciences industry even before they graduate, guided by industry and SCL staff mentors. Opportunities for attachment to companies and institutions overseas are also available under the Overseas Industrial Placement Programme where students gain international perspectives and exposure to foreign cultures, work styles and economic environments.


Why SCL?

  • Benefit from extensive hands-on curricula – Receive extensive training in state-of-the-art and industry-standard pilot plants and laboratories.
  • Learn with cutting-edge technology – Gain valuable practical experience working on projects in our BioInnovation Centre, Centre for Functional Food & Human Nutrition, Centre for Sustainable Nanotechnology, Food Safety Centre and Secondary Pharmaceutical Technology Centre.
  • Be part of thriving industries – Work with leading local and overseas pharmaceutical, chemical and food companies during your internship and final year project.
  • All-rounded student experience – Participate in a wide variety of programs and activities to become more innovative & enterprising, socially responsible and globally connected.

Full Time Diploma Courses

Lifelong Learning Courses

Life in SCL

Our students enjoy the benefit of an all-round training through informative lectures, challenging practical, e-learning, tutorials, field trips and through their very own projects with the lecturers and industry. Our lecture series will be supplemented by seminars conducted by invited speakers with international standing.

  • Director's Message

    SCL was established in 2001, around the time that Singapore launched its Biomedical Sciences Initiative in its drive to develop the local biomedical industry. Against this setting, SCL had a vision for NYP to be a leader in education and applied research in Molecular Biotechnology, which was the first diploma course offered by SCL. Today, SCL offers seven diploma courses from Molecular Biotechnology to Pharmaceutical Sciences, Food Science & Nutrition, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology, Biologics & Process Technology and Chemical & Green Technology. 
  • Innovative Teaching and Learning

    The thriving Chemical, Life Sciences and Food industries have created a rising demand for skilled and competent professionals in these fields. To meet this demand, SCL offers a complete suite of diploma and post-diploma courses. 

    Guided by NYP’s Teaching Factory concept and Contextual Teaching and Learning approach, our students are immersed in a holistic learning environment that promotes academic excellence, innovation & enterprise and personal growth.  Our students are exposed to a well-balanced and highly relevant education, graduating with skillsets to succeed in their careers or in further studies.

  • Our Research Groups

    SCL collaborates closely with industry partners and national research institutions to provide industry-grade, real-world solutions. This give our students invaluable insight and experience in their chosen fields before they begin their careers. 
  • Industry Projects

    SCL has extensive collaborations with industry partners from the chemical technologies & life sciences sectors in projects as well as local and international competitions. Every industry project involves the participation of both staff and students so that they keep abreast of current and emerging technologies, innovation and best practices of the industry. Staff and students have direct interactions with our industry partners in projects such as process enhancement & feasibility studies, innovative product development, new formulation developments, safety and quality analysis and technology applications. 


22 Sep 2017

Honouring Exemplary Educators

The NYP EAA is an annual award which recognises academic staff who have demonstrated exemplary teaching and learning (T&L) practices in NYP.

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28 Aug 2017

The Right Formula

Chian Hwey Miin believes in developing each student not just as a chemical engineer, but also as a better, happier and giving person.

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11 Aug 2017

NYP's Pride - Our National Day Award Recipients!

As Singapore celebrated its 52nd birthday on Wednesday, we are happy to share the joy of our colleagues who are conferred the National Day Awards 2017.

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04 Aug 2017

Upskilling our Pharmacy Workforce

24 polytechnic graduates are enrolled in the SkillsFuture ELP programme after going through rigid selection processes by their respective institutions.

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05 Jul 2017

Lucrative Job Market for Chem Tech Students

For our final year chemical technology students, the industry talk by Stephen Fowler, board director of Singapore Chemical Industry Council on July 5 provided some validation for their choice of study and their career prospects.

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23 Jun 2017

DPS Turns 10!

Ten years ago, the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS) opened its door to its very first students.

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  • 5 Apr

    SCL Freshmen Orientation 2018

    by School of Chemical & Life Sciences

    8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Get to know your classmates and Personal Mentor (PEM) by participating in fun-filled activities...


Yong Yee Ning
Pharmaceutical Sciences

"I chose Pharmaceutical Sciences as I have a strong interest in Chemistry. I would like further my s

Low Siau Hui
Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences

"I chose to join DPS at NYP because the training provided was broad in scope, which equipped me with

Jonathan Liu Jia He
Food Science & Nutrition

"The School of Chemical & Life Sciences has great facilities and engaging lecturers to further my in