International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical SciencesAwarded by: MDIS

Programme 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.

Why 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.

Anatomy & Physiology

Bioinformatics

Biology

Chemistry 

Genetics

Mathematics 

Molecular Cell Biology

Physics

 

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 25 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 25 (tutorial/practical)

Click here to download profiles of lecturers.

Duration & Intakes

Full-time
Duration  Commencement  Completion
6 months  Feb 2023  Aug 2023
 May 2023  Nov 2023
 Aug 2023  Feb 2024
 Nov 2023  May 2024
Part-time
Duration  Commencement  Completion
12 months  Mar 2023  Mar 2024
 Sep 2023  Sep 2024

Fees & Structure

Structure Tuition Fees (inclusive of 8% GST) Non-Tuition Fees (inclusive of 8% GST)
Full-time S$9,288.00 S$200.00 - S$376.00
Part-time

Application fees: S$108.00

Note:

# All application fees are non-refundable.
# All fees quoted are inclusive of GST at the prevailing rate.
# Local:
- Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fee, membership subscription fees, MDIS experience workshop,  medical insurance, fee protection scheme. 
- Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fee, membership subscription fees, MDIS experience workshop and fee protection scheme.
# International: Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fee, membership subscription fees, MDIS experience workshop, medical insurance, medical examination, administrative fee, study guide and e-Book.
# Non-tuition fees for international students may vary.
# Non-tuition fees are non-refundable, refer to MDIS refund policy for more details.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 14 and above, and meet at least one of the following requirements:

At least 1 GCE 'O' Level Pass* 

OR

NITEC / Higher NITEC qualification 

OR

International applicants must have completed 10 years of foreign formal education 

OR

Mature candidates (≥30 years old with 8 years relevant work experience) 

OR

At least 1 ‘IGCSE’ Level Pass

*Note: 1 GCE O level subject would need to be relevant Science subject

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants are required to possess one of the following:

C6 pass in English at GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent

OR

Achieve a minimum band of 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent

OR

Pass the English Entrance Test conducted by MDIS

OR

MDIS Professional Certificate in English

OR

1 ‘IGCSE’ Level Pass (either English 1st language or 2nd language)

OR

Online English Placement Test conducted by MDIS

OR

Letter from College/University clearly stating the Medium of Instruction of the highest qualification to be English

OR

Achieve a minimum score of 85 and above in Duolingo English Test

 
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  +65 - 6319 3700   http://www.tcc.org.sg
 DBS Bank  1800 111 1111  http://www.dbs.com.sg
 Maybank  1800 629 2265  http://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  1800 747 7000  http://www.standardchartered.com.sg
 Maybank  1800 968 2265  http://www.maybank.com.sg
 UOB  1800 226 6121  http://www.uob.com.sg
 OCBC  1800 363 3333  http://www.ocbc.com.sg
 DBS  1800 111 1111  http://www.dbs.com
 POSB  1800 339 6666  http://www.posb.com.sg
 AMEX (Only 24 Months)  -   https://www.americanexpress.com/en-sg

Duration & Intakes

Full-time
Duration  Commencement  Completion
6 Months  Feb 2023  Aug 2023
 May 2023  Nov 2023
 Aug 2023  Feb 2024
 Nov 2023  May 2024


Fees & Structure

Structure Tuition Fees Non-Tuition Fees
Full-time S$12,420.00 S$805.00 - S$915.00

Application fees: S$486.00

Note:

# All application fees are non-refundable.
# All fees quoted are inclusive of GST. The amount illustrated is based on current prevailing GST at 8%. Note that GST will be changed from 7% to 8% from 1st January 2023 and subsequently 8% to 9% from 1st January 2024. The applicable total amount payable will be charged accordingly.
# Local: 
- Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fee, membership subscription fees, MDIS experience workshop,  medical insurance, fee protection scheme. 
- Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fee, membership subscription fees, MDIS experience workshop and fee protection scheme.
# International: Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fee, membership subscription fees, MDIS experience workshop, medical insurance, medical examination, administrative fee, study guide and e-Book.
# Non-tuition fees for international students may vary.
# Non-tuition fees are non-refundable, refer to MDIS refund policy for more details.

 

Entry Requirements

All applicants must be of age 14 and above and possess one of the following:

At least 1 GCE 'O' Level Pass* 

OR

NITEC / Higher NITEC qualification

OR

International applicants must have completed 10 years of foreign formal education 

OR

Mature candidates (≥30 years old with 8 years relevant work experience) 

OR

At least 1 ‘IGCSE’ Level Pass
 

*Note: 1 GCE O level subject would need to be relevant Science subject 

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants are required to possess one of the following:

C6 pass in English at GCE ‘O’ level or equivalent 

OR

Achieve a minimum band of 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent 

OR

Pass the English Entrance Test conducted by MDIS 

OR

MDIS Professional Certificate in English 

OR

1 ‘IGCSE’ Level Pass (either English 1st language or 2nd language)

OR

Online English Placement Test conducted by MDIS

OR

Letter from College/University clearly stating the Medium of Instruction of the highest qualification to be English

OR

Achieve a minimum score of 85 and above in Duolingo English Test

 

Student Pass Application

International students are required to apply for a student pass if he/she wishes to study full-time in Singapore. Please click here for detailed information.

For any programme enquiries, please contact our friendly consultants:

Mr Darren Yap | Mobile/WhatsApp: +65 8183 8104 | Email: darren_yapme@mdis.edu.sg

Graduates from the International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical Science can find employment as assistant medical technologists, research technicians and scientific equipment sales and marketing.

There are a total of 12 modules covered in the International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical Science. These include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics, Bioinformatics.

Yes, the International Foundation Diploma in Biomedical Science is recognised by UK universities (Northumbria University, University of Glasgow, University of the West of England Bristol and Sheffield Hallam University) and a New Zealand University (Lincoln University).

No, you cannot fail any IFD module. All IFD modules must be passed at the first sitting, which includes the supplementary paper, if required.

There will be practical sessions for Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, Physiology and Bioinformatics.

Enquiry Form

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Quick Information

6 Months | Full-time

12 Months | Part-time

Commencement Dates

Full-time Programme
Feb 2023
May 2023
Aug 2023
Nov 2023

Part-time Programme
Mar 2023
Sep 2023

Contact Details

Local students:

+65 6247 9111

International students:
Main Hotline:

+65 6278 8000

+65 6796 7005

+65 6796 7009