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Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry

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Course Introduction

Fascinated by how the blockbuster medicines are being discovered and developed? Intrigued by how the medicines act in the body to cure a myriad of illnesses? Interested to learn the science of creating the next generation medicines to treat diseases? Look no further. The Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry will prepare students for an exciting journey ahead.


Medicinal chemistry is a branch of chemistry that is focused on the discovery, design, synthesis and analysis of novel medicinal molecules that are suitable for therapeutic use.


As the world population grows and ages, there is a surge of unmet medical needs for many life-threatening diseases. This creates a huge demand for new medicines to treat these diseases.




Course Aims

The Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry aims to train technically competent graduates to integrate into the drug discovery and development programmes in the pharmaceutical industry.


The course equips students with a firm foundation of medicinal chemistry with emphasis on:

  • The fundamental and essential chemistry knowledge ranging from organic chemistry to analytical chemistry

  • Key laboratory skills required for medicinal chemistry:

    • synthesis of medicinal molecules

    • purification of medicinal molecules

    • sample preparation and analysis

    • spectroscopic data interpretation and instrumentation

  • Sales & marketing in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries

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Course Highlights

OIPP University of Adelaide
2013 UK Study Trip
OIPP The University of New South Wales




Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry will be able to gain employment as:

  1. Research Officers / Associates in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical and chemical companies, biotechnology start-ups as well as research organizations;

  2. Technical Specialists / Officers in government statutory boards and institutes of higher education; and

  3. Sales & Marketing Executives in pharmaceutical, chemical and analytical instrument companies.



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 course in areas such as Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemical Engineering etc.


Students who have graduated from this programme have been admitted into various universities. Some have been listed below:



  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore Institute of Technology



We have also obtained articulations with the following overseas universities:



  • Australia National University
  • Griffith University
  • Monash University
  • RMIT University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Technology, Sydney


United Kingdom 

  • The University of Nottingham
  • University of Dundee


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1. What is the Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry (DMC) about?

It is a 3-year full time diploma which prepares students in the areas of discovering, designing, synthesizing and analysing new medicines. Students will gain knowledge in a wide range of chemistry modules, including organic and analytical chemistry.


2. What is the difference between the Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry (DMC) and the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS)?

Diploma in Medicinal covers the research aspects of medicines in a laboratory. Students will be taught the required skills to discover, analyse and purify the medicines. However, the focus of the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences is to train students as clinical research associates / coordinators and pharmacy technicians in the healthcare service sector.


3. Is GCE ‘O’ level in Chemistry a prerequisite for Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry?

No. All applicants are required to obtain at least a C6 in a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science etc) in their ‘O’ levels. For more details, click here to find out more.


4. Can I study Medicine after completing the Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry?

Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry is an acceptable diploma for admission into Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in NUS ( and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in NTU ( . However, admission into the School of Medicine requires good academic results as well as other attributes such as pro-social behaviour, communication skills, teamwork, meticulous work habits and responsibility. Additional tests and interviews may be required by different schools to enter the School of Medicine.


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