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Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology

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Course Aim

The Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology course aims to provide students with a strong foundation in science and technology to meet the needs of the fast-growing biopharmaceutical and chemical industries.  They can look forward to rewarding job opportunities such as biotechnologists, pharmaceutical technical specialists, chemical process technologists and quality assurance specialists.


Course Educational Objectives

The Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology course aspires to produce confident professionals who possess deep technical skills, and are able to contribute effectively in the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Our graduates will display a strong commitment to ethics and regulatory guidelines, and lead in the knowledge intensive processing of high quality products, such as vaccines and recombinant therapeutic proteins, which add value to lives. 



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Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:



Course Learning Outcome Description


Employ the techniques & tools (such as quality improvement tools, risk assessment and statistical process control tools) appropriate to biological and chemical technology activities.


Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and basic engineering to biological and chemical technology activities.


Handle laboratory/process equipment and instruments, conduct experiments/standard tests, and analyse data and interpret results.


Use troubleshooting and problem-solving skills to identify, analyse, and solve biological and chemical technology problems.


Apply chemical engineering concepts such as mass transfer, heat transfer, reaction kinetics, to design, operate and optimise biological and chemical processes and equipment.


Integrate common engineering concepts, such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, materials selection, process control and instrumentation, to design, operate, and optimise biological and chemical processes and equipment.


Communicate and present ideas effectively through oral, written, and graphical means, and evaluate and use appropriate technical literature.


Deliver excellence through timeliness and quality in assignments and projects undertaken.


Function effectively as a member of a team, appreciating diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


Value the need for and engage in innovative and enterprising activities.


Understand the need for, and engage in continuous personal and professional development.


Know and comply with safety, health and environmental practices in the workplace, and adopt a safety mind-set.


Recognise the need for and uphold personal and professional ethics, with a concern for the community.


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Course Highlights

Advanced and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities
Overseas educational trip to many countries
Valuable learning experience through visits and attachment in companies







Career Opportunities 

The Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology offers a broad-based training which will allow you to find ready employment in the biologics, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. This is especially so for biologics - the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Singapore is actively building its capabilities in the research, development and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals. With new and huge investments totalling $1.5 billion so far, you can expect plenty of career opportunities.


Depending on your area of interest, you can find employment in the biologics, chemical and pharmaceuticals industry as a:

  • Process technologist or engineering assistant in the areas of operations, process and equipment design, plant safety, project engineering, process control

  • Technical expert in sales and marketing of chemical, pharmaceuticals or medical products

  • Laboratory technologist in chemical/pharmaceutical quality control and R&D laboratories

  • Quality assurance specialist

  • Clinical trials executive in the research institutes or hospitals


A Memorandum of Understanding with GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals and Novartis BioOps has been signed on 6 Feb 2015 to offer an extended internship that will develop you with specialised skills through structured and meaningful mentorship in these companies. You can expect enhanced employability because of the deep skills you have been equipped during the internship with the companies.


A large proportion of diploma graduates pursue further studies, either in local or overseas universities. Through Nanyang Polytechnic's linkages with well-known overseas institutions, you can expect to receive advanced standings in your quest to obtain higher qualifications. You can pursue a university degree ranging from biological sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering, bioengineering and physics to business and arts programme.


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Further Studies

Students who aspire to pursue a degree and meet the entry requirements of the local and overseas universities can progress into the bachelor degree courses such as Chemical Engineering, Science, Applied Science etc


Students graduated from this programme can gain admission into various universities, such as:



  • National University of Singapore- Chemical Engineering, Applied Science Degrees
  • Nanyang Technological University - Chemical Engineering (up to 1 year advanced standing), Biological Sciences Degrees
  • Singapore Institute of Technology - Chemical Engineering (up to 1 year advanced standing)



  • University of Queensland - Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) – up to 1 year advance standing


United Kingdom

  • University of Birmingham - Chemical Engineering
  • University of Manchester - Chemical Engineering 

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1. What is Diploma in BPT all about?

It is a 3-year diploma course to train technologists for the growing biologics, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.


2. What is biologics?

Biologics - or biopharmaceuticals as they are also known - are medicinal products made from living cells such as proteins and hormones. Unlike oral pills, which are made from synthetic chemicals, biologics are medicinal products isolated from a variety of natural sources – human, animal or micro-organism – by biotechnological methods.Biologics have been used to treat cancers, arthritis and other serious diseases. Some well-known biologics are insulin and vaccines like Cervarix and Gardasil for protection against the human papilomavirus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer, as well as novel vaccines against Influenza A (H1N1).


3. What is the job prospect for DBPT graduates?

This Diploma course offers great prospects as this course provides a broad-based training which is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to work in both the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries. Many of the new medicines worldwide are now created from living cells. Across the world, there is also a growing trend of pharmaceutical companies focusing on biopharmaceuticals. Singapore is actively building its capabilities in the research, development and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals. With the resources being poured into this emerging sector, students can expect ample job opportunities when they graduate from this course. Chemical and biopharmaceutical companies are keen to recruit technologists who are suitably trained and able to keep up with the latest technologies, equipment and manufacturing processes.


4. Is GCE 'O' level in Biology a prerequisite for Diploma in BPT?

Applicants need not have studied biology at 'O' Level, although it will be useful. The course will lay a strong foundation for the students.


5. How is Dip in BPT related to Life Sciences? What is the difference between Diploma in BPT and Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology?

The BPT graduate will be able to work in biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities (as well as chemical manufacturing facilities) in areas such as operations, design, process control, laboratory and quality control. MBT graduates are geared towards product R&D, business development, sales & marketing functions in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies.


6. Why should I choose the Diploma in BPT course?

If you are interested in unlocking the secret to developing and producing vaccines and other specialised high-value drugs, then this course is for you! You will learn everything that is needed for you to get involved in the making of therapeutic medicines that transform lives, cure diseases and benefit mankind. Your diploma is your key to a high-flying career in this new, fast-growing area, as well as a good foundation for future further studies.


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