The Specialty Chemicals industry is projected with a global market value of US$530 billion by 2022 while expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3%1. The mega growth trends of rapid urbanisation, changing demographics and the rise of the middle-class in Asia have a major role to play in catapulting this promising growth. Leveraging on Singapore’s strategic geographical location and positive economic climate competitive advantage, Singapore has been able to attract many leading Specialty Chemicals companies such as Lubrizol, Croda, Procter and Gamble, Arlanxeo, Evonik Degussa, Solvay, Clariant, 3M etc. to strengthen their footholds here with substantial investments on R&D and/or manufacturing establishments. It is foreseeable that R&D activities will increasingly be crucial for the sustainable development of this sector in order to drive value creation and continual growth. As a result, there is an impending demand for a skilled workforce to serve this emerging industry. As reflected by industry’s responses, training in these specific skills are particularly essential to bridge the prevalent competency gaps in the current workforce.
1Stratistics MRC, Specialty Chemicals Market Outlook - Global Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Assessment (2014-2022), November 2015.
Participants are required to bring computer notebook when attending lessons, as you may need it to access the e-learning materials, writing reports, etc.
The courses are designed to upskill the technical competencies required for product formulation and application of specialty materials.
The Specialist Diploma in Formulation Science & Technology (NSFST) course focuses on imparting a sound understanding of the functionality and application of specialty materials for performance within the pillars of the Specialty Chemicals industry such as consumer care, coatings, oilfield and lubricants. This will include training in formulation design, characterisation and performance evaluation of specialty materials.
The Advanced Diploma in Specialty Chemicals (NASC) course advances to value add the training towards product innovations as required. Such skill is important to create value in expanding product portfolios and applications of specialty materials through acquisition of in-depth knowledge on scientific advances and technological know-hows and reinforcement of essential life skills (e.g. independent and critical thinking as well as good project management skills) necessary for applied research, problem solving and optimisation purposes.
Participants who completed the NSFST can opt to progress to PDC3. Participants who completed PDC3 will be awarded with the AD qualification. Advanced Diploma in Specialty Chemicals graduates can further articulate onto a one-year full-time MSc programme in Polymer Science and Technology offered by Loughborough University2.
2Part-time option is also made available
This course is suitable for working adults and graduates from Science/Engineering discipline who wish to seek gainful employment/career advancement in the burgeoning Specialty Chemicals sector by equipping themselves with specific occupational competencies that are highly sought after by the industry.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must complete PDC1 and PDC2 of the Specialist Diploma in Formulation Science & Technology. before taking Advanced Diploma in Specialty Chemicals (NASC).
The Specialist Diploma in Formulation Science & Technology course consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDC 1 & PDC2) and builds on towards the Advanced Diploma course with a third post diploma certificate (PDC3). Each PDC comprises three modules and the details are as follows.
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PDC 1 Certificate in Functional Materials for Performance*
CP1301 – Specialty Chemicals
CP1302 – Specialty Polymers
CP1303 – Performance Evaluation Techniques
PDC 2 Certificate in Product Design and Formulation*
CP1304 – Formulation Science and Technology I
CP1305 – Formulation Science and Technology II
CP1306 – Product Design and Development
PDC 3 Certificate in Advanced Materials Technology
CP1307 – Specialised Materials
CP1308 – Automation and Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing
CP1308 – Additive Manufacturing
* This PDC is from Specialist Diploma in Formulation Science & Technology
Award / Certification / Accreditation
Upon completion of the three Post Diploma Certificates within a three-year validity period, the participant will be conferred an Specialist Diploma in Formulation Science & Technology and Advanced Diploma in Specialty Chemicals from Singapore Polytechnic.
Graduated with Advanced Diploma in Specialty Chemicals in 2019
Caden is currently a Development Engineer, Lab Associate at Milliken Asia Pte Ltd and is pursuing a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Why I took up the Course
“I was hesitant to take up a degree programme as I was not clear in which area of study in materials science to specialise in. I wanted to join the workforce and take up part-time study to discover my scientific interests, hence it was an apparent choice to take up the advanced diploma programme. This is especially so when I learned that some of my technical managers and seniors I’ve met at work also went through a similar route and attained their Master’s degree. Now that I have made it to the Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering programme at NTU, I am grateful for the opportunity Singapore Polytechnic has offered me.”
My experience“During the advanced diploma programme, I was exposed to a variety of industries within materials science ranging from personal care formulations to polymer processing. With that said, I have learnt in depth about the most up-to-date equipment and technology being used in the various industries. This allowed me to have a taste of working in these industries, which was what I needed to find my professional interests. It was an overall pleasant experience as the workload and schedules were fairly paced and manageable, despite having to work full-time during the day time. The enriching content provided by the programme and lecturers also helped by making learning less daunting.”
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|ADVANCE DIPLOMA IN SPECIALTY CHEMICALS|
|POST DIPLOMA CERTIFICATES (PDC)||SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40||SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE||SINGAPORE PR||ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for SC)*||ENHANCED TRAINING SUPPORT FOR SME SCHEME (for PR)**||OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS|
|Certificate in Functional Materials for Performance||$491.13||$327.42||$1,309.68||$338.13||$391.68||$3,274.20|
|Certificate in Product Design and Formulation||$589.36||$392.90||$1,571.62||$405.76||$470.02||$3,929.04|
|Certificate in Advanced Materials Technology ||$540.24||$360.16||$1,440.65||$371.94||$430.85||$3,601.62|
|Total Course Fees:||$1,620.73||$1,080.49||$4,321.94||$1,115.83||$1,292.54||$10,804.86|
* SC- Singapore Citizen
**PR- Permanent Residents
Other Fees Payable:
|FEE DESCRIPTION||PER SEMESTER (AFTER GST)|
| ||SINGAPORE CITIZENS||SINGAPORE PR AND OTHERS|
|Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)||$1.01||$1.01|
|Insurance Fee (GPA)||$1.70||$1.70|
- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.
- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.
- 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.