Singapore has positioned itself as a strong biopharmaceutical manufacturing hub since the early 2000s and is today a top manufacturing site for active pharmaceutical ingredients and solid dosage drugs for the global market. Drawn by Singapore’s competitive advantages in world-class infrastructure and capabilities, scientific and clinical excellence, robust regulatory framework and intellectual property protection, as well as global standards in safety, quality and efficacy, more than 30 of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies have made Singapore their global manufacturing base. These companies have invested significantly in new biologics manufacturing sites in Singapore, driving an increase in demand for biopharma engineers and related research innovations. The new Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering will prepare students for exciting and impactful careers in the vital pharmaceutical industries spanning key sectors such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology, biomedical and clinical sciences, healthcare and research and development.
The Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering integrates the requirements of both engineering majors within the typical candidature of 4 years. Students can choose from 2 programme options.
Bioengineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering
Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary programme with a core curriculum focusing on integral aspects of biomolecular and pharmaceutical engineering processes, such as protein engineering, biomolecular detection using innovative sensing devices and bioprocess quality assurance employing advanced bioimaging techniques. Integrated with the Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering, students in this unique programme will receive in-depth training in the development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs to produce high-value and high-quality biological-based therapeutics.
Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering
Materials Engineering is a multifaceted science-driven and application-oriented engineering programme that focuses on the innovation of revolutionary novel materials for the development of cuttingedge technologies and solutions. With core strengths in fundamental materials science and materials design, the programme harnesses its tremendous synergy with the Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering to train students in biomaterials, drug delivery, tissue engineering and other pharmaceutical-related subjects. Graduates of the programme can look forward to working at the nexus of pharmaceutical engineering and materials engineering to create innovative new therapeutics and formulations.
Courses at a Glance
Students taking the Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering will read the following 11 compulsory courses:
Table 1: Compulsory Courses for the Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering
||Materials & Energy Balance
||Heat & Mass Transfer
||Chemical Reaction Engineering
||Advanced Unit Operations
||Process Control and Dynamics
||Pharmacokinetics & Biopharmaceutics
||Chem Eng Lab
||Special topics in Biotechnology
||Formulation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients Dosage Forms
Academic Unit Requirements
Integrating the Academic Unit (AU) requirements for the principal Engineering programme and second major, the total AU requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering is 153/154* AU, including 34 AU for the second major.
Table 2: AU Requirement for Bioengineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering (BEPE)
|Core & Major Presribed Electives
|GER-PE (BM / LA)
|Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering
Table 3: AU Requirement for Materials Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering (MTPE)
|Core & Major Prescribed Elective
|GER-PE (BM / LA)
|Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering
* Students without H2 Level Physics will take PH1012 Physics A (4 AU).
PI - Professional Internship (20 weeks)
PA - Professional Attachment (10 weeks)
GER - General Education Requirement
PE - Prescribed Elective
BM - Business and Management
LA - Liberal Arts
Candidates must meet the minimum entry requirements of the principal Engineering programme, including the following minimum subject requirements:
• H2 Level pass in Mathematics or equivalent, and
• H2 Level pass in Chemistry, and
• H1 Level/’O’ Level pass in Physics1 or equivalent
1H1 Level/’O’ Level pass in Physics is only applicable to candidates who have not read Physics at H2 Level.
TUITION FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The tuition fees for the Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering will be pegged to the fees of the principal Bachelor of Engineering programme. Eligible students may be considered for scholarships that include fully-paid subsidised tuition fees and living allowance. Scholarship terms and conditions apply. For more information on tuition fees and scholarships, please visit http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering will be awarded a Bachelor in Engineering in their chosen Engineering major with an additional certificate for the Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering.
The Bachelor of Engineering with a Second Major in Pharmaceutical Engineering offers graduates the versatility to choose from a wide range of career in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry as well as relevant industries, both locally and abroad.
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology firms
Hospitals and healthcare services
National specialty centres
All Bachelor of Engineering programmes offered by the College of Engineering are accredited by The Institution of Engineers Singapore, the Singapore signatory to the Washington Accord, through its Engineering Accreditation Board. The Washington Accord is an international agreement for mutual recognition of substantial equivalence of engineering academic programmes worldwide, in satisfying the academic requirements for the practice of engineering at a professional level.
INFORMATION AND ENQUIRIES
Information is accurate at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice. The programme options offered above are available as at Academic Year 2016-2017. The University reserves the right to update any of the programme options and curricula without prior notice and obligation.