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Specialist Diploma in Microbiology

Topic:Applied & Health Sciences

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

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  • Course Date:

    17 Apr 2023 to 31 Mar 2024
  • Registration Period:

    01 Dec 2022 to 28 Feb 2023
  • 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 with there is a new run.

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

270 hours (1 year)


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 course aims to equip 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.

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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Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Basic Microbiology Certificate in Applied Microbiology Total Course Fees
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $448.52 $448.52 $897.04
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $299.01 $299.01 $598.02
SINGAPORE PR $1,224.72 $1,224.72 $2,449.44
ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for SC)* $308.79 $308.79 $617.58
ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for PR)** $374.22 $374.22 $748.44
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $2,990.12 $2,990.12 $5,980.24
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for PR) $3,061.80 $3,061.80 $6,123.60

*SC-Singapore Citizens 

**PR- Permanent Residents 

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Funding and Enhanced Training Support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). For details, please refer to here.

Other Fees Payable:

Examination Fee-$16.20
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.56
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.02
Insurance Fee (GPA)$1.70$1.72

- The fees shown (inclusive of 8% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of paid course fee.
- Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement, no refund of paid course fee.
Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable. 

Application Procedure

Please click here for application procedures.

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