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Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology

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Course Aim

The Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology course aims to develop students with knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to the areas of Clinical Diagnostics, Molecular Biology and Microbiology. We will prepare students to excel in their careers as medical technologists, laboratory technologists or sales executives in life-science related areas, such as research & development centres and companies, hospital and private clinical laboratories and life-science product companies.



Course Educational Objectives

The Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology course aspires to produce committed graduates who continue to enhance human healthcare through R&D and clinical diagnostics; pursue advanced professional development for the growth of the Life Science industries.



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Course Learning Outcomes


Course Learning Outcome Description


Know and explain the basic facts, principles and techniques of science and mathematics as foundation for conceptual understanding of science theories, disease mechanisms and to conduct lab-based activities.


Apply science and mathematical concepts & techniques for the understanding of disease mechanisms, molecular biology, immunology and microbiology related areas.


Know the methodological principles to conduct diagnostic testing based on established guidelines required for the diagnosis of diseases.


Perform a range of R&D skills and techniques required for scientific investigations in the biotechnology industries.


Analyse and solve problems related to biotechnology & biomedical sciences by integrating the cross-disciplinary knowledge.


Apply written, oral, and graphical communication skills for sharing and presenting information


Demonstrate critical thinking and  effective problem solving skills


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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Career Opportunities

Equipped with industry-relevant skills, graduates will have the opportunity to work in the following challenging and exciting areas:

  • Research and Development (R&D) - Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular Biology & Forensics
    As technologists in R&D and drug development programmes of research institutes and centres.


  • Biomedical Sciences
    As technologists in hospital laboratories and clinical centres, as well as clinical trial organisations.


  • Bio-Enterprise
    As business development, sales and marketing executives of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices 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 courses in area such as Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Immunology, Genetics etc.


Students who have graduated from this programme have been admitted into various universities. Some of these are:



  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Duke NUS Medical School



  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Flinders


United Kingdom

  • University College London
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Manchester


United States of America

  • University of Buffalo, New York


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1. What is Molecular Biotechnology?

The term "Biotechnology", first coined in 1919 by a Hungarian engineer (Karl Ereky), is the application of science and engineering in the use of living organisms in their natural or modified forms to produce a product. However, the roots of the technology are as familiar and as ancient as the use of yeast by Egyptians in baking bread - traceable back 6,000 years. With the advent in the early 70's of recombinant DNA technology, biotechnology employed genetic engineering techniques to produce higher quantities and better therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, food and fine chemicals. Biotechnology has also evolved into an interdisciplinary frontier between biology, engineering, medicine, IT and the physical sciences.


"Molecular Biotechnology" is the biotechnology of the new millennium. Already the molecular biology tools in biotechnology are providing a major driving force in the Life Sciences industry. With the completion of the Human Genome Project and the subsequent understanding of what our genes do, molecular biotechnology will revolutionizes human healthcare through important biotechnology spin-offs including gene therapy, DNA chip diagnostics, tissue engineering, computer-based rational drug design and nanotechnology.


2. Is GCE 'O' level in Biology a prerequisite for Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology?

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3. What prospects are there for the Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology graduates?

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4. Comments from leaders in the Life Sciences industry and academia about NYP Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology.

The course is very relevant to the biotech industry and to our activity as we have difficulties in hiring people with such skills…Indeed a lot of candidates have a chemistry or Molecular Biology background, but very few are able to have both of them (or at least an understanding of both of them).
- Genset (Singapore)


It has appropriately included new and merging technologies, which are likely to have an impact on the biotechnology and medico-pharmaceutical industries. In particular, I am glad that new techniques in molecular biology are covered, and as a national research laboratory, we are likely to find your graduates highly desirable.
- Defence Medical Research Institute


As Singapore needs to ramp up its Life Science manpower rapidly, it will be necessary to have enough numbers of appropriately trained technical staff to help build up the industry. NYP Life science programme is very well thought out and designed to cater for the rapidly evolving Life Science technologies, especially in the area of genomics. The modular nature of the courses allow new tracks to be established easily to respond new developments.
- Singapore Genomics Programme


The course is well rounded. It provides adequate basic knowledge in Biology (Molecular and Cellular Systems) and includes modern topics like Genomics, Proteomics and Stem Cells, which are important in Life Science research today and in the future. In addition, the course covers manufacturing concerns in GMP and clinical-related aspects like Biostatistics. The EDB is supportive of this biotechnology course and feel that it will be able to produce diploma graduates who are competent in the basic techniques and issues in modern biotechnology.
- Economic Development Board (EDB)


The Diploma has evolved into a very attractive program for both students and the rapidly emerging biopharmaceutical industry. Its focus on the 3 areas of R & D/Drug Development, Bio-Manufacturing and Bio-Enterprise should provide excellent career paths for students as well as identifying specific areas for project collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry in Singapore. I consider that the Diploma as outlined is highly relevant to meeting the training needs of the industry, as well as incorporating the most recent topic areas of the new biotechnology, and I am very happy to give it my strongest possible endorsement
- University of New South Wales


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