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Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Course Introduction

The Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences is a 3 year full-time course which will give students a firm foundation in areas of pharmaceutical sciences such as pharmacology, patient care and drug delivery systems. The course places emphasis on areas such as pharmacy practice, clinical trials and pharmaceutical operations.


Students will be trained to analyse problems and think of creative solutions through hands-on training, case studies and projects. Under NYP’s unique teaching pedagogy, students will be exposed to the different types of activities within the industry while on campus. This is achieved through “Health@NYP - The "Teaching Drug Store”, where our students can experience, integrate and put into practice the concepts and knowledge they learnt in the course modules.




Course Aims

The course equips students with:

  • knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences essential to clinical trials and pharmacy practice;

  • a firm grounding in chemistry, cell biology, human biology, microbiology, biochemistry and immunology to provide a foundation for specialised topics including pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, patient-care skills, and medical microbiology.
  • extensive knowledge in pharmacology;

  • patient counselling techniques employed in pharmacy practices;

  • thorough working knowledge of Good Clinical Practices and clinical research management;

  • patient-care skills in clinical trials

  • a good understanding of the business concepts, marketing strategies and issues relating to the pharmaceutical industry;

  • analytical, independent and collaborative learning, research, communication and interpersonal skills; and

  • awareness of the social and ethical issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry.

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Course Highlights

Are pharmacies in Singapore different from those in Japan? Go on overseas study trip to discover.
Deal with real patients/customers everyday at The exciting teaching drug store at NYP
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.


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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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