School of Applied Science

Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists


Join the School of Applied Science to gear up for a rewarding career in the vibrant healthcare, food, chemical and life sciences industries.


To foster interdisciplinary learning and ensure a strong foundation, all Year 1 students take on a common curriculum which extends their learning across different technical domains of science.


Here, you will benefit from work-based learning, internships, project collaborations, as well as research work, You will also get to hone your skills working in the Learning Enterprises, which are facilities simulating real-world work environments. These include the TP Animal Clinic & Wellness, and the Bistro Lab Cafeteria.


Elective Clusters are offered in Year 3. These are for you to either select your specialisation area or get cross-trained in other disciplines, which will enhance your multi-domain exposure and learning experience. You may also participate in the Differential eXperiential Programme (DXP), which offers opportunities for you to deepen or broaden your skills across domains.


Be among future technologists and aspiring scientists who will collectively make the world a healthier, greener and better place!




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Diploma Courses

Begin your journey with us.  Select from our 5 ability-driven diplomas or take up the Common Science Programme that provides you the opportunity to explore and discover your passion to pursue your dream career!

Common Science Programme (T70)

Are you passionate about science, but need more time and opportunities to dip your toes into the various science disciplines before making your choice...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2023 JAE): 7 - 12 points
2023 Planned Intake: 150
Diploma in Chemical Engineering (T33)

Chemical engineers play a key role in ensuring environmental sustainability and addressing global issues like poverty and disease. This multidisciplinary field brings together mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and engineering to understand how raw materials are processed to...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2023 JAE): 5 - 14 points
2023 Planned Intake: 100
Diploma in Food, Nutrition & Culinary Science (T26)

Have you ever wanted to experiment with local favourites, such as chicken rice or roti prata, and give them a healthier makeover? Are you curious about...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2023 JAE): 8 - 10 points
2023 Planned Intake: 50
Diploma in Medical Biotechnology (T64)

Have you wondered about the science behind COVID-19 PCR tests? The diagnostic tests are developed by research technologists and used by medical technologists...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2023 JAE): 3 - 9 points
2023 Planned Intake: 65
Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (T25)

Medicines affect our quality of life on a daily basis. We take aspirin for headaches or apply topical antibiotics on cuts and knee scrapes. With the continual...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2023 JAE): 5 - 10 points
2023 Planned Intake: 70
Diploma in Veterinary Technology (T45)

Turn your love for animals into a career and enjoy every day that you work! This course combines theory with hands-on experience to equip you with the...

Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2023 JAE): 5 - 9 points
2023 Planned Intake: 45


Jointly administered by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) in partnership with Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the TP-SUTD Pathway Programme (PP) allows students enrolled in the School of Applied Science’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering to take modules taught by SUTD while studying for their diploma, and to earn credits which are recognised for degree programmes offered by SUTD.


By taking SUTD modules in your final semester at TP, alongside first-year SUTD students, you can complete your SUTD degree one year ahead of your peers!


Discover some meaningful projects that help prepare our students for a rewarding career in the healthcare, food, chemical and life sciences industries.

Awards & Scholarships

ASC prides itself with the many achievements garnered by our students in both their academic and non-academic pursuits.

Centres of Excellence

Working synergistically to achieve optimal growth, ASC’s centres of excellence/innovation help to provide solutions to meet the needs of their related industries, whilst providing real-life opportunities through interdisciplinary learning for both staff and students.

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What is unique about the teaching pedagogy adopted at the School of Applied Science? How is it different from other polytechnics?

What is unique about the teaching pedagogy adopted at the School of Applied Science? How is it different from other polytechnics?

The success of our graduates is largely the result of the real life experiences we offer our students on campus – a unique way of training students – not only through the usual classroom and laboratory settings, but also through real life projects and learning enterprises which simulates real life work environment.

At the School of Applied Science, we adopt the “Learning Enterprise” approach. The concept of Learning Enterprises as an innovative teaching approach is developed from TP’s philosophy of ‘bringing education to life and life to education’. The Learning Enterprise offers students an insight into how science and technology lead to competitive advantages for businesses. The Learning Enterprise serves as a platform to test concepts of new products, services and businesses, and eventually for a business spin-off.

What is the academic structure for students in the School of Applied Science?

What is the academic structure for students in the School of Applied Science?

The academic architecture in the School of Applied Science aims to develop collaborative and self-directed learning skills for our students to be life-long learners through real-life and applied learning experiences.  One notable outcome of this is the smooth transition of student interns into companies as employees. 

The academic architecture of the School of Applied Science emphasises:

  • Building a strong foundation core among first-year students
  • Strengthening key concepts and skills in the diploma-specific content among second year students
  • Enhancing applied learning for final-year students

Final-year students will be required to read an Elective Cluster offered by the School. The Elective Clusters to be offered by the various courses, and the subjects under these clusters, are summarised below:




Applied Nutrition

  • Central Kitchen Operations
  • Metabolism & Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy

Food Technology

  • Central Kitchen Operations
  • Food Processing & Packaging


Clinical Laboratory Practice

  • Blood Banking
  • Clinical Chemistry

Translational Medical Science

  • Translational Medical Science


  • Bioinformatic Analysis

Functional Plant Technology

  • Plant Cell & Cultivation Technology


Applied Chemistry

  • Chemical and Material Testing
  • Laboratory Analysis and Management

Chemical Processing

  • Petrochemical Plant Processes
  • Plant Safety and Loss Prevention             

Pharmaceutical and Biologics Technology

  • GMP in Pharmaceuticals/ Biologics
  • Biopharmaceutical Processing     

Semiconductor Technology (jointly offered by ASC and ENG)

  • IC Process Integration
  • Cleanroom Equipment & Technology
  • Good Manufacturing Practices Implementation

SUTD Pathway Programme University Modules

  • Students take SUTD modules in Year 3, alongside first-year SUTD students. Get a one-year head start to complete an SUTD degree.   


Pharmacy Practice

  • Pharmaceutical Legislation, Marketing and Management
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice

Pharmaceuticals and Biologics

  • Pharmaceutical Unit Operations
  • Biopharmaceutical Processing



  • Animal Science and Technology
  • Animal Reproduction & Development


  • Aquaculture Technology
  • Aquaculture Product Quality and Safety


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