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Specialist Diploma in Microbiology

Topic:Applied & Health Sciences, Others

Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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Overview

  • Course Date:

    15 Apr 2024 to 31 Mar 2025
  • Registration Period:

    21 Dec 2023 to 29 Feb 2024
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified when there is a new run.

Class schedule:
3-4 evenings a week
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Duration:
270 hours (1 year)

Enquiries:
Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg

Please refer to Academic Calendar.


Microbiology is a specialised area of biology that deals with living things ordinarily too small to be seen without magnification. Microbiologists work in almost every industry – from food, agriculture and pollution control to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and health.

In the face of recent infectious disease outbreaks in human (for examples Type A H1N1 influenza, SARS), including those originating from food sources (for example, bird flu), it is now extremely important for the microbiologists to tackle this immerse threat that mankind is facing now. Hence, the Specialist Diploma in Microbiology aims to bridge the field of medical microbiology with that of the different industries of microbiology domains to reinforce the importance of public health.

The Specialist Diploma in Microbiology course is designed to equip laboratory practitioners with theoretical knowledge of medical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food and industrial microbiology as well as practical applications using new and emerging technologies to enable them to work effectively in the medical diagnostic and investigative microbiology laboratories.

Participants are required to bring computer Notebook when attending lessons, as you may need it to access the e-learning materials, writing reports, etc.

Course Objective

The Specialist Diploma in Microbiology course is designed to equip laboratory practitioners with theoretical knowledge of medical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food and industrial microbiology as well as practical applications using new and emerging technologies to enable them to work effectively in the medical diagnostic and investigative microbiology laboratories.

Course Outline

The course is a one-year part-time programme. It consists of 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) conducted over 2 semesters, 1 PDC per semester. The first PDC to start with is PDC1. The classes are conducted in the evening.

The programme consists of 270 instructional hours spread over six modules in two post diploma certificate framework (PDC1 and 2). It aims to equip diploma graduates with the theoretical concepts of food and medical microbiology and the practical applications to enable them to work effectively in the medical diagnostic and investigative clinical microbiology, pharmaceutical and food laboratories.

Each PDC comprises three modules and the details are as follows:

Please click here for the module synopsis

Semester One
PDC 1 Certificate in Basic Microbiology
Module 1 - CP0807 Microbiology A
Module 2 - CP0808 Microbiology B
Module 3 - CP0809 Microbiological Techniques

Semester Two

PDC 2 Certificate in Applied Microbiology
Module 4 - CP0810 Industrial, Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Module 5 - CP0811 Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology
Module 6 - CP0304 Laboratory Management and Biosafety

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a Diploma in Chemical Process Technology, Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Life Sciences or Biomedical Sciences or equivalent. University graduates in the Biological Sciences may also apply for the course. Applicants must have basic microbiology knowledge.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Certification / Accreditation


Upon completion of two Certificates within a two-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Suitable for

Personnel working in medical diagnostic, food, industrial, environmental and pharmaceutical laboratories

Course Fees

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For more information on the course fee or to apply, click on the “Register” button.


Application Procedure

1. For self-sponsored applicant, please click on the “Register” button to apply for the course. You will be directed to STEP portal to manage all your course activities. Please note that you will be prompted to sign in with Singpass/Student ID.
 
2. For company-sponsored applicant, please approach your company's Human Resource (HR) team to put in the application through the company portal using CorpPass.  You may only apply after receiving the registration link from your company's HR.
 
3. Your application does not guarantee acceptance into the course. Your acceptance into the course is dependent on meeting the course requirements and course vacancy.
 
4. Non‐Singaporeans must possess a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Dependant Pass throughout the course duration. You would need to bear the full risk of non-completion should your pass expire and subsequently lapse within the duration of the course.
 
5. You will be notified by email on the application outcome 6 weeks after the application’s closing date. 
 
6. PACE Academy course schedules, including course trainer, course fees and course availability are subject to change.

7. PACE Academy reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course at short notice; & at its absolute discretion without assigning any reason for such cancellation/postponements. In the event that the applicant’s chosen course is cancelled prior to its commencement, PACE Academy will make a full refund of course fees already paid by the applicant.

8. The data provided to Singapore Polytechnic will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for the purpose of course administration. The data may be passed on to the relevant organisations that require the information related to the course. 

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