The Diploma in Biotechnology (DBT) course focuses on enabling students to build a strong academic and technical foundation in disciplines that support the biological and life sciences, with extensive laboratory sessions in state-of-the-art training facilities. This equips Biotechnology graduates with both knowledge and bench skills to work on biological, medical, microbial, plant and animal sciences projects when they have completed their studies.
Biotechnology students can look forward to a 12-week internship at research laboratories in the universities and Biopolis, healthcare institutions, bio-pharmaceutical companies. They will engage in real-life investigative R&D projects alongside scientists and their teams. Some students have the option of conducting research in foreign universities and R&D institutes in China like the Eastern China University of Science and Technology and Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica and the Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cornell University and Harvard Medical School in the United States. These overseas stints help students develop a global outlook and gain unique cultural experiences.
Students will be offered an opportunity to pursue an additional Certificate in Biorisk Management. Students will graduate in three years with a Diploma in Biotechnology and a Certificate in Biorisk Management. This will provide additional qualification and valuable skill for graduates to work as a biosafety coordinator or officer.
A Value-Add and Holistic Education
The biotechnology course provides the opportunity and space for students to develop to their full potential in academic and co-curricular activities. Many of the biotechnology graduates have gone on to pursue undergraduate and post-graduate studies. Biotechnology students are encouraged to participate actively in community involvement projects (CIP) both local and overseas to widen their prospective and global outlook. This will form part of the criteria for students to achieve their National Youth Achievement Awards (Gold). Numerous such CIPs have been used to participate in SIFE competition.
The biotechnology course has pride itself as being hands-on and current. Thus many biotechnology graduates have gone to pursue further studies in biological and biomedical sciences, bioengineering, pharmacy, veterinary science, physiotherapy and double degree in biomedical science and Traditional Chinese Medicine at local and overseas universities with advanced standing. Biotech graduates are eligible to apply for Medicine and Dentistry in NUS and NTU.
Our Unique Selling Points
- Hands-on training in specialised laboratories on campus and through internships and final year projects.
- Work with prominent scientists and researchers in universities and research institutions both local and abroad.
- Internships at top-ranked overseas universities.
- Opportunity to gain an additional Certificate in Biorisk Management.
- A career in the biomedical, bio-pharmaceutical, commerce, food or teaching industries or as biosafety coordinators.