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.
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.
Personnel working in medical diagnostic, food, industrial, environmental and pharmaceutical laboratories
Minimum Entry 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.
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:
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PDC 1 Certificate in Basic Microbiology
Module 1 - CP0807 Microbiology A
Module 2 - CP0808 Microbiology B
Module 3 - CP0809 Microbiological Techniques
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
Award / 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.
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|SPECIALIST DIPLOMA IN MICROBIOLOGY|
|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 Science in Basic Microbiology||$442.02||$294.68||$1,178.71||$304.32||$352.51||$2,946.78|
|Certificate in Science in Applied Microbiology||$442.02||$294.68||$1,178.71||$304.32||$352.51||$2,946.78|
|Total Course Fees:||$884.03||$589.36||$2,357.42||$608.63||$705.02||$5,893.56|
**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.
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Date of Course Commencement:
* Registration may be closed once seats are filled up
3-4 evenings a week
6:30pm - 9:30pm
270 hours (1 year)
PDC to start with:
For course specific details,
please contact the course manager:
Name: Chan Yuen Mun