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Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Course Aim

The aim of the course is to ground students in applied chemistry and biology and immunology, together with specialised skills in topics like pharmacology, pharmacotherapy and patient-care skills, to develop competent professionals with skills for the pharmacy and clinical research industry.


Course Educational Objectives

Recognised as role models for their technical excellence in their fields, and are able to mentor entrants into the industry. They demonstrate exemplary professional and ethical conduct in their dealings with patients and co-workers.


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Course Educational Objectives


Course Learning Outcome Description


Demonstrate understanding of fundamental knowledge in mathematics and chemistry by applying it to the development of pharmaceuticals and drug formulation.


Explain the biological and immunological concepts of normal physiological function and relate these to the development of disease states. Illustrate how medicinal products and complementary medicines are used to treat diseases.


Analyse patient’s current condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment option, considering patient specific factors such as existing diseases, current medications and cultural background.


Utilize the understanding of pharmaceutical knowledge to capitalize on commercial opportunities for the purpose of creating a viable business model. Demonstrate the need for and commit to uphold professional medical ethics in commercial dealing with patients, customers and co-workers.


Acquire the technical skills and principles necessary to analyse the pros and cons of the various dosage forms and delivery systems and its impact on the clinical trials.


Explain and apply the principles of clinical trials to clinical research management. Acquire the necessary clinical laboratory skills to administer a clinical trial.


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 work ethics, including a respect for diversity and care and compassion for the community.


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Course Highlights

Are pharmacies in Singapore different from those in Japan? Go on overseas study trip to discover.
Learning from the experts during a student attachment training at a local hospital pharmacy





Career Opportunities

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


Clinical Research

As clinical research coordinators in clinical trial research units and clinical research organisations.


Healthcare Service

As pharmacy technicians and pharmacy retail executives in hospitals and retail pharmacies who dispense and counsel on the use of medications and support the operations of the pharmacy.


Sales & Marketing

As product executives or specialists in leading pharmaceutical companies, supporting their business development, sales and marketing activities.


Choosing Pharmacy as a career

SCL’s Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences lecturer, Sung Wei Xiu gave an overview of the academic requirements to become a pharmacist at this interview with Channel 8 Hello Singapore programme. She also shared about the career prospects and starting salaries for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists.


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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 Pharmacy, Life sciences, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Immunology 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
  • National Institute of Education
  • Singapore Institute of Management



  • University of Queensland (1 year advance standing for the 4 years Bachelor of Pharmacy, for those with good results)
  • Griffith University (1 year advance standing for the 5 years double degree in Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Master of Pharmacy, for those with good results)
  • University of South Australia (1 year advance standing for the 5 years double degree in Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Bachelor of Pharmacy, for those with good results)
  • Murdoch University


United Kingdom

  • University of Sheffield

  • University of Reading

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1. What is the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS) all about?

It is a 3-year full time diploma course which trains pharmacy technicians / retail executives for careers in the healthcare service sector and clinical research associates / coordinators for the rapidly-growing clinical research industry.


2. What is the difference between the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS) and the Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology (DMB)?

The DPS graduates will be equipped with adequate skills to work in clinical research organizations, hospital and retail pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.  Graduates from DMB are geared towards product research and development, business development, sales and marketing functions in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies.


3. What is the difference between the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS) and the Diploma in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technology (CPT)?

The DPS programme focuses on specialized skills which are critical and essential for the clinical research industry and the healthcare service sector.  On the other hand, the focus of the CPT programme is to equip students with specialised skills to work in pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing facilities.


4. Will I have the opportunity to go for clinical attachments like other polytechnics offering similar courses?

At Nanyang Polytechnic, students will be attached to "Health@NYP - The Teaching Drug Store", our very own drug store within the campus during their second and third year of study. In addition, they will also have the opportunity to go for industrial attachments in their final year of study. Unlike other polytechnics, we believe that our students should be given a wide exposure to various areas of the pharmaceutical industry. Hence, attachments are not only confined to hospitals but also include other sectors, such as the polyclinics, retail pharmacies, pharmaceutical firms and clinical trial units. This will provide students with the opportunity to experience the different job scopes in the industry and by so doing, allow them to select the appropriate vocation upon graduation.


5. Can I work as a pharmacist after graduation with a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences?

This course will lay a strong foundation for students who are interested in continuing their studies in pharmacy. To be qualified pharmacists, graduates with a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences can go through a degree course in Pharmacy either in local or overseas universities.


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