Diploma in Banking and Finance


Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by the Singapore Institute of Management

This 18-month programme is for you, if you intend to pursue a career in banking & finance, or be exposed to the financial trading environment

Course Start Date & End Date

2 intakes, in Apr & Oct

Next intake: Oct 2015

18-month full-time programme of 15 modules




Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST


CEL 4 + 5 + Diploma
MFS + Diploma

Closing Date
International: 4 January 2016
                    18 January 2016
(applicants with GCE ‘O’ Level)


Local: 15 February 2016


CEL 5 + Diploma
Closing Date: 29 September 2015

Understanding banking & finance fundamentals

You acquire:

  • A good foundation in concepts and practice in banking and finance
  • Accreditation towards pursuing a Bachelor programme in this field

Further Education

With the Diploma, you can apply for advanced standing to the following:

  • BSc (Honours) programme from the University of London, UK
  • BSc (Honours) programme from the University of Birmingham, UK
  • BSc (Honours) programme from the University of Manchester, UK
  • BSc (Honours) in Marketing programme from the University of Southampton, UK
  • Bachelor of Business programme from RMIT University, Australia

Career Prospects

Graduates may work in:

  • Financial services
  • Banking
  • Investment management
  • Management consultancy

Teaching Faculty

Lecturers are both academic and industry-based professionals with work experience and knowledge in their domain.

Delivery Mode

100% face-to-face lecture-based learning. Coursework includes case studies, tests, presentations, and completion of group and individual assignments.

Learning Support

Additional classes and workshops provided to teach study skills, academic writing and presentation.

Academic Materials

Include module outlines, reading lists and handbooks on study strategies


18-month full-time programme (3 semesters) of 15 modules:

  • Business Accounting
  • Business Management and Communications
  • Business Mathematics
  • Business Statistics
  • Credit Risk Analysis and Management
  • Economics for Managers
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Financial Trading
  • Information Systems for Business
  • Investment
  • Managing Business Finance
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Negotiation and Inter-cultural Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Professional Self-Management

Contact hours: 42 hr per module, total: 630 hrs

3 semesters. Each semester is a period of six months.

Lectures at least 5 times a week (Mon-Fri)

Each lesson: 3 hr

Click here for programme schedule

Programme Calendar

2 intakes in Apr & Oct
Next intake: 4 Apr 2016

18-month full-time programme of 15 modules

Candidature Period

Maximum allowed period to complete: 3 years.

No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete in the maximum period.

SIM reserves the right to recommend and withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired.

Minimum Class Size

Minimum class size: 25 students.Students will be informed within 30 days before class commences.

Entry Requirements

Five GCE 'O' level passes (Grade 1 to 6) including English as a first language and Mathematics.

Other qualifications will be assessed based on the equivalence to GCE ‘O’ level examinations.

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements might be recommended to undergo a 6-month Management Foundation Studies (MFS) programme. Click here for details of the MFS programme.

For international applicants (full-time programme only)

International applicants will be assessed on the qualification's equivalent to the GCE 'O' level exam.

Refer to the details on qualifications listed in the International Student Prospectus.

English Language Requirement

To have attained minimum score or qualification in one of the following:

  • GCE ‘O’ level pass in English (as first language)
  • IELTS with overall score of at least 5.5
  • TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based) and 4 in the Test of Written English (TWE) or 79 (iBT)
  • Equivalent English language qualification.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement can enrol in the SIM Certificate in English Language Upper-Intermediate (CEL Level 5) programme before starting the Diploma programme.


  • Duration of the CEL programme depends on the applicant’s English language proficiency.
  • Applicants may sit for an English Placement Test conducted by SIM to determine their English language proficiency level. Click here for details of CEL programme.
  • IELTS or TOEFL test scores must be less than two years at point of enrolment
  • SIM English Placement Test results is valid for 1 year from date of test

Course Fee

S$11,770 (payable over 3 semesters before class starts)

Per module: S$784.66

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST

Exemption Eligibility


Academic Profiles

Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:80

Assessment & Exams

Continuous assessment and end-of-semester exam

Continuous assessments include case studies, class tests, discussions, presentations, group and individual assignments.


To attain a pass for each module, students must achieve overall minimum GPA of 1.0 (grade D).

Attendance requirement

Local students: 75%
International students: 90%


Pass all modules. Graduates will receive a result transcript and diploma from SIM.