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Diploma in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology

Course Introduction | Course Structure | Course Module | Course Highlights | Career Opportunities | Further Studies | FAQs

 

Course Introduction

The Diploma in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology is a 3 year full-time course. The industry-focused curriculum aims to provide a strong foundation in chemical and pharmaceutical technology with emphasis in areas such as petroleum refining, chemical plant operations and pharmaceutical technology to support manufacturing plants of major chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

 

Training begins with foundation mathematics, science and technology modules in first year. Second year modules apply the foundation concepts to real-world applications and processes, and the third year modules have specific industrial relevance, including modules on industrial safety, process optimisation and the latest in petrochemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. Students can opt for either the petrochemical technology or pharmaceutical technology specialisations in their final year.

 

Upon graduation, CPT students will be sought-after by companies in Singapore’s large and dynamic petroleum, petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

 

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Course Aims

 

The Diploma in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology provides:

  • A strong foundation in chemical and pharmaceutical technology with emphasis in areas such as petroleum refining, chemical plant operations and pharmaceutical technology to support manufacturing plants of major chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

  • Training in the latest chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing processes, including advanced instrumentation & control technologies.

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Course Highlights

The unique DCS-controlled Pilot Plant enhances hands-on skills in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies as well as advanced instrumentation & control and Industrial Safety.
 
SCL’s one-of-a-kind Secondary Pharmaceutical Technology Centre (SPTC) trains students in the latest technologies in secondary pharmaceutical manufacturing, such as tableting & encapsulation as well as relevant quality control testing. Our laboratories feature state-of-the art equipment that is currently used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
 
Our laboratories feature state-of-the art equipment that is currently used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

 

 

 

 


 

Career Opportunities

Zhang Min
Class of 2009
Technologist
Shell Eastern Petroleum

I graduated with a 2nd class (Upper) in BEng (Chem) from NUS and was offered a job as Technologist in Shell Bukom in 2013. All these won’t be possible if I didn't have a poly background and the experiences in CPTC where I went through the start up, shut down, troubleshooting, and even fire fighting in a real plant. The knowledge gained in NYP landed me in my dream job. This is my advice to my juniors: Yes, it is going to be tough. Even if things don't work out well, just persevere and one day you will realize how far you have actually moved on.

 

 

The Diploma in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology offers a broad-based training and provides exposure in both the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors - preparing students for career opportunities in more than one industry sector. Graduates will be equipped with an excellent combination of skills, which will enable them to be versatile and be an asset to the industry.

 

Due to the diversified training offered in this curriculum, a diploma in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology can offer a number of career options. Graduates will find employment in the chemical, petroleum, petrochemical, specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, they can also work in water treatment plants, waste disposal companies and chemical/pharmaceutical laboratories. They may work as technologists or engineering assistants in the areas of operations, process and equipment design, plant safety, project engineering, process control, laboratory, quality control, consulting services, technical sales and marketing, research and product development. They may also work with scientists and other engineers as members of a team, utilizing the extensive skills which they have acquired to find solutions to problems. There are excellent opportunities for career advancement to senior positions with greater responsibility such as superintendents, lead technologist and team leaders.

 

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, students can expect to receive advance standings in their quest to obtain higher qualifications.

 

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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, Environment Engineering, Science, Applied Science etc

 

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

 

Local

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

UK

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

Australia

  • University of Melbourne - Chemistry major
  • University of Technology Sydney - BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHEMICAL SCIENCE
  • The University of Newcastle - Chemical Engineering Degree (up to 2 yrs advanced standing)
  • The University of New South Wales - Chemical Engineering (up to 2 yrs advanced standing), Science Degree (up to 1.5 yrs advanced standing)
  • Queensland University of Technology - Applied Science Degree (Chemistry) (up to 1.5 yrs advanced standing)
  • University of Queensland - Chemical Engineering Degree, (up to 2 yrs advanced standing)
  • Monash University - Science Degree (up to 1 yr advanced standing)
  • RMIT University - Chemical Engineering Degree (up to 1 yr advanced standing), Applied Science Degree (Biomedical) (up to 1 yr advanced standing)
  • Curtin University of Technology - Science Degree, (up to 1.5 yrs advanced standing), Applied Science Degree (Forensic) (up to 1 yr advanced standing)

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FAQs

 

1. What is Diploma in CPT all about?

It is a 3-year diploma course to train technologists for the growing chemical & pharmaceutical industries.

 

2. Why should I choose the Diploma in CPT course?

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 pharmaceutical industries. With continuous and future strong growth in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, students can expect ample job opportunities when they graduate from this course. Pharmaceutical & chemical companies are keen to recruit technologists who are suitably trained and able to keep up with the latest technologies, equipment and manufacturing processes.

 

3. Is GCE 'O' level in Chemistry a prerequisite for Diploma in CPT?

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

 

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

The CPT graduate will be able to work in pharmaceutical 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.

 

5. Is Diploma in CPT a hybrid course? Do I learn less pure chemical engineering subjects? Will it be a disadvantage to graduates?

There are many common areas of technology between the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. This course is broad-based enough in preparing students to work in either the chemical or pharmaceutical industry. The 2 areas of specialisations (petrochemical technology and pharmaceutical technology) give students a "head-start" in the industry they choose. In developing this course, NYP has received favorable support from chemical and pharmaceutical companies that this course will help prepare our graduates for their industries.

 

6. Can I work as a pharmacist after graduation with a Diploma in CPT?

This course does not prepare students to work as pharmacists. To be qualified pharmacists, graduates with a Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology can go through a degree course in Pharmacy either in local or overseas universities.

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