Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology
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Biologics - or biopharmaceuticals as they are also known - are medicinal products, made from living cells such as proteins and hormones. Unlike the oral pills which are often made from synthetic chemicals, biologics are medicinal products isolated from a variety of natural sources - human, animal or microorganism - by biotechnology methods. Biologics have been used to treat cancers, arthritis and other serious diseases. Some well-known examples are insulin and vaccines like Cervarix and Gardasil.
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.
The Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology is the first and only course in Singapore that combines biological and chemical sciences with engineering concepts, and with a strong emphasis on biopharmaceutical technologies. This course is for you if you are interested in the manufacture of useful and specialised high value drugs. Come and ride on the leading edge of technology wave in the making of medicines that save lives and benefit mankind.
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The Diploma in Biologics & Process Technology equips you with:
A sound grounding in basic sciences and fundamentals of biotechnology techniques
An in-depth understanding of the upstream and downstream biologics processes, with the emphasis on the operating principles and applications
A strong and practical knowledge in the simulation, operation and optimisation of the chemical process
An appreciation of the regulatory requirements and good practices in the biopharmaceutical industry
A good exposure to the various strategies employed in the industry through case studies
An analytical, independent and innovative mindset plus good communications and IT skills
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 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.
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
- University of Birmingham - Chemical Engineering
- University of Manchester - Chemical Engineering
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.