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Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry

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Course Aim

The Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry course aims to provide students with chemistry knowledge and technical skills in synthesizing, purifying and analysing compounds which are relevant for pursuing careers such as quality assurance/quality control technicians, laboratory technologists and technical sales executives in pharmaceutical and chemical industries.


Course Educational Objectives

The Diploma in Medicinal Chemistry course aspires to produce graduates who would be confident and technically competent professionals in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries with the potential to take on supervisory and managerial positions.


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Course Learning Outcomes


Course Learning Outcome Description


Apply fundamental knowledge of chemistry, life sciences and mathematics to the fields of medicinal and analytical chemistry.


Apply chemistry concepts, skills of chemical syntheses and purification of compounds.


Apply analytical chemistry knowledge and skills in separation, identification and quantification of compounds.


Conduct experiments, analyse and interpret experimental data to obtain valid conclusions.


Apply written, oral, and graphical communication and to identify and use appropriate technical literature.


Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


Function effectively as a member of a team.


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


Recognise the need for and engage in continuous personal and professional development.


Recognise the need for and comply with safety, health and environmental regulations and practices in the workplace.


Recognise the need for and commit to uphold personal and professional ethics, including a respect for diversity and care and compassion for the community.

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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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