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International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical Sciences (Awarded by Management Development Institute of Singapore)

About the Course
Course Curriculum
International Application
Local Application

Programme Aims and Objectives

The International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical Sciences programme is designed to foster opportunities for entry into the life science industry and as an avenue for students to embark on further professional development and is particularly suited for:

  • Students who wish to pursue higher education in Biomedical Sciences or Biotechnology, as well as a host of other disciplines.
  • Professionals who lack previous exposure to the sciences but are involved in the life sciences industry or are preparing for entry into that industry.
  • Individuals who wish to pursue an alternative career path and those who have a keen interest in the discipline will also find the programme a rewarding first step into the diverse field of biological sciences. Members of the cosmetics, food, legal, teaching, banking and environmental professions who would also find the programme of individual benefit to their knowledge base.

Methods of Assessment

Progress is measured through coursework (such as practical assignments, quizzes or tests) and examinations.

Graduation 

Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical Sciences, awarded by MDIS.

 

Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), founded in 1956, is Singapore's oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd (MDIS Pte Ltd) to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalisation strategy.

 

Programme Curriculum

Anatomy

The aim of this module is to introduce the discipline of anatomy and provide knowledge and an understanding of the structural organisation of the human body. This will facilitate further understanding of the functional organisation of the body, as covered in the subsequent module on physiology.

Biology

In this module students will learn some of the general concepts of biology-essential to developing a foundation for further study in the subsequent Physiology and Molecular Cell Biology modules, as well as at higher levels. 

Chemistry I

This module is designed for students who have little prior knowledge of chemistry. Selected topics in basic chemistry required for an understanding of the biochemical basis of the life sciences are covered:

Genetics 

This is an introductory module dealing with genetics at the molecular, cellular and individual levels; and with the organisation, transmission, expression, and evolution of the genetic material. 

Mathematics I

This module aims to develop a general knowledge of Maths at a level appropriate for an appreciation of the
importance of numerical and scientific data in the Life Sciences.

Physics I

This module aims to develop a general knowledge of Physics to a level appropriate for further studies in the
Life Sciences. 

Bioinformatics

This module aims to equip students with a basic understanding of some of the major computational tools and methods available to the life scientist - an especially valuable toolkit following the successful sequencing of
the human and other genomes.

Chemistry II

This module is designed to both develop those chemical concepts introduced in the Chemistry I module of the
Diploma course, and introduce further topics in organic and stereo-chemistry that are required for an understanding
of the biochemical basis of the life sciences. 

Mathematics II

In this module, which develops from Maths I, concepts behind statistical tests of significance and their application to biological variation will be introduced.

Physics II

Extending from the basic principles covered in Physics I, this module will elaborate on the concepts of force and
energy, and develop an understanding of solid material pertinent to the biological sciences.

Molecular Cell Biology

This module begins with an explanation of how individual cells and their chemical components work as part of a whole living organism. It goes on to stimulate an understanding of the relationship between DNA structure and function, inheritance and human disease. 

Physiology

This module aims to extend the students’ knowledge and understanding of biology by studying a range of physiological processes (such as mammalian respiration, nutrition and development) in more detail. 

 

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 100 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (tutorial/lab)

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Structure and Duration

 

Full-Time Programme

  • 7 months, 12 modules
 

Commencement Date


Class Commencement for 2017 and Completion Date

 

Course Commencement Date Completion Date
7 Months [Full-time] Mar 2017 Oct 2018
  Jul 2017 Feb 2018

Fees:

Application Fee       S$321.00 

Tuition Fee             S$8,774.00

  • Tuition fee quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees are not included.
 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 16 and above, and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Obtained at least a Grade C6 in 2 GCE 'O' Level subjects for both Science (with a Chemistry component) and Elementary Mathematics OR
  • Obtained at least a Grade E in any 2 GCE 'A' Level subjects OR
  • A Science related NITEC/Higher NITEC qualification OR
  • International applicants must have completed 10 years of formal education
 

English Language Requirements

Applicants are required to possess one of the following:

  • At least a C6 pass for English (EL1) as a first language at GCE ‘O’ Levels OR
  • Pass the English Entrance Test conducted by MDIS OR
  • Achieve a minimum band of 5.5 in IELTS OR
  • Achieve a minimum of 133 points (computer-based) or 453 points (paper-based), 46 points (Internet based)   in TOEFL OR
  • MDIS Professional Certificate in English (PCIE)
 

Student Pass Application

International students are required to apply for student passes if they wish to study full-time in Singapore. Please click here for more information.

 

Structure and Duration

Part-Time Programme 

  • 12 months, 12 modules

Full-Time Programme 

  • 7 months, 12 modules
 

Commencement Date


Class Commencement for 2017 and Completion Date

 

Course Commencement Date Completion Date
7 Months [Full-time]  Mar 2017 Oct 2017
  Jul 2017 Feb 2018
12 Months [Part-time]  Mar 2017 Mar 2018
  Sep 2017 Sep 2018

 

Fees

Application Fee                 S$21.40

Full-time Programme (7 months)

  • Tuition Fee                S$7,597.00
  • Non-Tuition Fee       S$460.95
  • Total Fees                S$8,057.95

Part-time Programme (12 months)

  • Tuition Fee                 S$7,383.00
  • Non-Tuition Fee      S$199.82
  • Total  Fees               S$7,582.82

Note:

  • Tuition and Non-tuition fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
  • Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees and fee protection scheme.
  • Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership fees, MDIS experience seminars, CGC Workshop, medical insurance, condition tutorial fee (if applicable) and fee protection scheme.
  • The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable.  Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.
 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 16 and above, and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Obtained at least a Grade C6 in 2 GCE 'O' Level subjects for both Science (with a Chemistry component) and Elementary Mathematics OR 
  • Obtained at least a Grade E in any 2 GCE 'A' Level subjects OR
  • A Science related NITEC/Higher NITEC qualification OR
  • International applicants must have completed 10 years of formal education
 

English Language Requirements

Applicants are required to possess one of the following:

  • At least a C6 pass for English (EL1) as a first language at GCE ‘O’ Levels OR
  • Pass the English Entrance Test conducted by MDIS OR
  • Achieve a minimum band of 5.5 in IELTS OR
  • Achieve a minimum of 133 points (computer-based) or 453 points (paper-based), 46 points (Internet based)   in TOEFL OR
  • MDIS Professional Certificate in English (PCIE)
 

Financial Assistance Scheme

Student loans from the organisations listed below are available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the organisations directly to find out how you may benefit from their services.

 

STUDY LOANS
 

Organisation Contact Number Website
TCC Limited Tel : 6319 3700 www.tcc.org.sg
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com.sg
Maybank Tel : 1800 629 2265 www.maybank2u.com.sg

 

 

0% INTEREST CREDIT CARD INSTALMENT PLANS

For All Programmes (Available in 6 or 12 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Standard Chartered
Bank
Tel : 1800 747 7000 www.standardchartered.com.sg
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg
Maybank Tel : 1800 968 2265 www.maybank.com.sg
UOB Tel : 1800 226 6121 www.uob.com.sg
OCBC Tel : 1800 363 3333 www.ocbc.com.sg
DBS Tel : 1800 111 1111 www.dbs.com
POSB Tel : 1800 339 6666 www.posb.com.sg
Bank of China  Tel : 1800 669 5566  www.bankofchina.com/sg

 

For Degree and Master (Available in 24 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225 www.citibank.com.sg

 

 

 
 
QUICK INFORMATION
Duration of Course | 7 months (Full-time), 12 months (Part-time)
Award | DIPLOMA

COMMENCEMENT DATE  

Class Intakes for 2017

For Full-time Programme
Mar, Jul

For Part-time Programme
Mar, Sep

CONTACT DETAILS  

MDIS Dhoby Ghaut  :+65 6372 1000
MDIS Main Campus :+65 6247 9111

 

Local Enquiries
etc@mdis.edu.sg
+65 6247 9111
ib@mdis.edu.sg
+65 6278 8000
International Enquiries