Programme Overview

BEng (Hons)
Singapore Institute of Technology
4 years
Total credits
Application period
10 January to 19 March 2023
Next intake
Campus location

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Pharmaceutical Engineering is a four-year direct honours degree programme. The first of its kind in Singapore, the programme is built on an interdisciplinary curriculum that intersects engineering and science, with an aim to deliver a rigorous education with a strong industry focus.

The goal of this programme is to produce graduates who are both theoretically grounded and practice-oriented for the knowledge-intensive pharmaceutical industry and related sectors. This programme focusses on the development and manufacture of the two largest classes of pharmaceutical drugs, i.e. (i) biologics and (ii) small molecule drugs.

The programme’s unique curriculum which was developed in close consultation with industry is strongly girded with cutting-edge industry-relevant concepts and know-how. The curriculum is structured to train students across the full spectrum of core pharmaceutical development and manufacturing competencies, ranging from pharmaceutical product design to process development, operations, validation, and regulation. Modules geared towards business and management acumen development will complement the technical core. 

The Programme Educational Objectives
Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering programme are expected to possess the following:

Technical skills - technically competent to solve complex problems in pharmaceutical engineering and can adapt effectively in a fast-changing environment

Critical thinking - able to critically think, analyse and make decisions that give due consideration to global issues in business, ethics, society, community and the environment.

Leadership, team building - able to communicate effectively, act with integrity, and have the interpersonal skills needed to engage in, lead, and nurture diverse teams

Attitude - committed to lifelong learning, resourceful and embrace global challenges and opportunities to make a positive impact in society

Career Opportunities
SIT’s Pharmaceutical Engineering programme aims to nurture and groom skilled professionals for the pharmaceutical industry in Singapore. Besides the pharmaceutical industry, this programme also provides a unique opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in other relevant industries including chemicals, biotechnology, life science, nutraceutical, and the flavours and fragrances sectors.

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Integrated Work Study Programme

Students will spend 12 months in the industry under the Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) to acquire industry skill sets and apply taught theory to troubleshoot industry problems. To enhance their industry readiness, students will also receive industry-endorsed competency-based certifications upon completion of selected modules, which will equip them with industry-validated skills that are attuned to employers’ needs.

Career Options

Besides the pharmaceutical industry, graduates can look forward to working in, but not limited to, the following occupational fields: 

  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences
  • Chemicals
  • Flavours and Fragrances 
  • Nutraceuticals

Programme Structure (AY2022/23)*

Module Title Credits
Engineering Mathematics 1 6
Chemistry 6
Mass and Energy Balance 6
Biomolecular Science 1 6
Engineering Mathematics 2 6
Programming for Engineering 6
Engineering Principles 1 (Heat & Mass Transfer) 6
Organic Chemistry 6
Statistics 6
Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3
Engineering Thermodynamics 6
Biomolecular Science 2 6
Engineering Principles 2 (Fluid Mechanics) 6
Engineering Principles Laboratory 6
Operational Excellence 6
Current Good Manufacturing Practices 6
Engineering Principles 3 (Reaction Engineering) 6
Ethics 3
Process Monitoring, Automation and Control 6
Bioprocess Engineering 6
Unit Operations 1 (Distillation, Extraction) 6
Process Safety 6
Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques 6
Particle Technology 6
Unit Operations 2 (Purification and Isolation) 6
Process Validation 6
Plant Design and Operations 11
Quality by Design in Pharmaceutical Development 6
Project Management 6
Integrated Work Study Programme 30
Capstone Project 10

Students are required to choose 2 out of 5 elective modules.

Module Title Credits
Expression Engineering 6
Cell Culture Laboratory 6
Medicinal Chemistry 6
Pharmaceutical Formulation 6
Undergraduate Research Project 6
Module Title Credits
Digital Competency Essentials 2
Critical Thinking and Communicating 4
Introduction to Design Innovation 2
Interdisciplinary Design Innovation 4
Social Innovation Project 3

* The programme structure is subject to change without prior notice. SIT regularly reviews its curriculum to ensure that it remains industry-relevant and prepares our students for the evolving needs of industry.

Eligibility and Exemption

    Diploma holders from any of the five polytechnics are welcome to apply. Subject to approval, diploma holders may be granted exemptions based on the modules taken during their diploma course. Exemptions may also be considered for relevant professional or industrial certifications.

    Other equivalent Year 12 qualifications are eligible to apply as well.


    Obtained a good pass in any three of the following subjects at H1/H2 level: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. And also offered General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry in the same sitting while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

    Other equivalent Year 12 qualifications are eligible to apply as well.


    Obtained a good pass in any three of the following subjects at SL/HL level: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. And also satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

    Other equivalent Year 12 qualifications are eligible to apply as well.


    Fees and Finances

      Subsidised fees per credit
      Total credit
      Tuition fees: $30,000.00 for SG Citizens / $129,171.00 Non-subsidised fees.
      Subsidised fees per credit
      Total credit
      Tuition fees: $62,880.00 for Permanent Resident / $129,171.00 Non-subsidised fees.
      Subsidised fees per credit
      Total credit
      Tuition fees: $84,744.00 for International Student / $129,171.00 Non-subsidised fees.

      Industry Advisory Committee

      The members of the Industry Advisory Committee for this programme are:

      Mr Lim Hock Heng (Chairperson) 
      Vice President and Managing Director
      Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing, Singapore
      Er Go Heng Huat
      Senior Consultant 
      Workplace Safety and Health Council
      Er Lucas Ng
      Senior Advisor and Head of Sustainability
      Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore (Private) Limited
      Mr Norman Lee
      ACTSYS Process Management Consultants Ptd Ltd
      Dr KPP Prasad
      Vice President / Site Leader 
      Tessa Therapeutics Pte Ltd
      Mr Terence Koh
      Executive Director
      Singapore Chemical Industry Council 
      Er Loi Kheng Seong
      Vice President, Sales and Marketing
      Chemical Specialties Limited
      Ms Goh Wan Yee
      Senior Vice President and Head Healthcare
      Economic Development Board
      Mr Ketan Kapadia
      Head of On-site Operations
      Linde Gas (S) Pte Ltd
      Dr. Ronny Sondjaja
      VP/Head of Research Development & Innovation - Region Asia Pacific
      Evonik (SEA) Pte. Ltd.
      Mr Ow Kai Onn
      Vice President & Head, Chemicals and Materials
      Economic Development Board (EDB)
      Mr Jonas Berge
      Senior Director, Applied Technology
      Emerson Automation Solutions