Programmes

Diploma in Banking and Finance

Full-time

The Diploma in Banking and Finance (full-time) programme aims to provide a framework for participants who are looking to pursue a career in banking and finance. They can also develop skills in both areas of banking and finance which are needed at all levels of management. The programme will equip them with fundamentals of banking, finance, insurance as well as exposure to the financial trading environment for graduates of the programme to gain entry into degree-level studies.


Course Start Date & End Date

Course Start Date
6 April 2015

Course End Date
30 September 2016

Fee

Total course fee: S$11,235

All fees inclusive of 7% GST

 

Application

CEL 4 & 5 + DBFF:

Closing Date: 15 July 2014 (closed)

(For international applicants)

Closing Date: 15 July 2014 (closed)

(For Singaporeans and PRs)

 

CEL 5 + DBFF:

Closing Date: 30 September 2014

(For international applicants)

Closing Date: 30 September 2014

(For Singaporeans and PRs)

 

CMFS + DBFFF:

Closing Date: 15 July 2014 (closed)

(For international applicants)

Closing Date: 15 July 2014 (closed)

(For Singaporeans and PRs)

 

DBFF (Direct Entry):

Closing Date: 2 January 2015 (16 January 2015 for GCE 'O' Level Holders only)

(For international applicants)

Closing Date: 4 February 2015

(For Singaporeans and PRs)


Events & Programme Briefings

  • Open House Programme Briefing, Singapore Institute of Management - Diploma in Accounting / Banking and Finance / International Business / Management Studies

    Come join us on 27 Sep 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, at Blk A, SIM Headquarters, 461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491 ...

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Academic Programme

The Diploma in Banking and Finance (full-time) programme aims to provide a framework for participants who are looking to pursue a career in banking and finance. They can also develop skills in both areas of banking and finance which are needed at all levels of management. The programme will equip them with fundamentals of banking, finance, insurance as well as exposure to the financial trading environment for graduates of the programme to gain entry into degree-level studies.

Graduates of the Diploma in Banking and Finance may apply for advanced standing to the following programmes available in SIM, subject to the university’s prevailing requirements at the point of application: 

Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree programmes awarded by University of London, UK - Maximum exemptions will be awarded upon passing the bridging courses in Economics and Mathematics (which are also offered at SIM) with at least a grade of B- (50%). Graduates of the Diploma in Banking and Finance programme will only have to put in two years (minimum) to graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Accounting and Finance; Banking and Finance; Business; Economics; Economics and Finance; Economics and Management; or Management. The University of London is one of UK’s oldest and largest universities, and these degree programmes are designed and examined by the London School of Economics and Political Science which is also a member of the Russell Group. 

Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree programmes awarded by The University of Birmingham, UK – Graduates with a ‘B’ average grade and above would be able to articulate into the second year of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in International Business, Business Management, Business Management with Industrial Placement, and Business Management with Communications.

Job Prospects After Graduation

Graduates from this programme can work as executives in the banking and financial services sector or further their qualifications in banking and finance. They are expected to understand the business aspects of banking and financial services in facilitating the growth and operations of financial institutions.

Programme Structure

2 intakes a year, April and October.

18-month full-time programme covers 15 modules.

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

Lecturers five times a week from Mondays to Saturdays.

Each lesson is three hours in duration.

Lectures are held at SIM HQ, 461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491.

 Study ComponentsModules
General StudiesBusiness Mathematics
Negotiation and Inter-cultural Management
Professional Self-Management
Broad Business ModulesBusiness Accounting
Business Management and Communications
Business Statistics
Economics for Managers
Human Resource and Employment Relations
Principles of Marketing
Managing Business Systems
Banking and Finance ModulesCredit Risk Analysis and Management
Financial Markets and Institutions
Financial Trading
Investment
Managing Business Finance

 

Mode of Delivery

The course is 100% face-to-face lecture. The course work includes attendance at lectures, discussions, case studies, class participation, presentations, completion of individual/group written assignments.

Assessment and Examination

Students will be assessed on a continuous basis throughout the 1.5-year programme. Assessments can take on several forms, such as case studies, presentations, class discussions and participation, individual and/or group projects, quizzes, common tests and so on. In addition to continuous assessments, most modules require students to undertake a final exam.

Attendance

Attendance is monitored regularly. Students must achieve an overall attendance of 75% and above to be eligible for the end-of-semester examinations. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) requires all international students issued with a valid student’s pass to achieve an attendance of 90% and above in any month of the course.

Promotion and Graduation

Each module is assessed through a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-semester examination. To attain a pass for each module, students must achieve an overall minimum GPA of 1.0 (grade ‘D’).

To graduate with a Diploma in Banking and Finance, students must successfully complete and pass all 15 modules.

Graduating students will be issued a result transcript and awarded with a diploma certificate from SIM upon graduation.

Candidature

The maximum allowed period for a student to complete the 18-month programme is 36 months or 3 years. The candidature period of 36 months includes repeat semesters or leave of absence within the period of study.

Any student who fails to complete the programme within the maximum allowed period will not be entitled to any recourse or refund.

Minimum Number of Students Required for Class Commencement

For a class to commence, there must be minimum of 25 students. In the event that the class cannot commence due to low take up rate, students will be informed at least one month prior to class commencement.

 

Admission Criteria

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 examinations.

Please refer to the details on qualifications listed in the International Student Prospectus.  

English Language Requirement

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

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirement would need to undergo the Certificate in English Language Upper-Intermediate (Level 5) (CEL) programme prior to the enrolment in the Diploma programme.

The duration of the CEL programme depends on the applicant’s English language proficiency level.

Applicants can sit for an English Placement Test conducted by SIM to determine their English language proficiency level. Click here for details of the CEL programme.

Notes:

1) IELTS or TOEFL test scores must be less than two years at point of enrolment.

2) The SIM English Placement Test results will be valid for one year from the date of the test.

Enrolment

The programme offers 2 intakes a year. 

 2015 Intakes

  Commencement Date

  End Date

  April

  Early April

  End September

  October

  Early October

  End March

The maximum allowed period for a student to complete the 18-month programme is 36 months or 3 years. Student may opt to re-apply for the programme if he/she fails to complete the course within the maximum allowed period.


 

Fees

Course fee for 15 modules payable over 3 semesters: S$ 11,235. (Inclusive of 7% GST)

Each module is S$ 749. (Inclusive of 7% GST)

The course fee does not include textbooks.

 

Exemptions

Nil

Profiles

Average teacher: student ratio is 1: 80

DBFF lecturers(As at 8 May 14)

 

Assessments & Exams

Nil

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