Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business


Please refer to the web page for the revised programme,

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business and Management


Course Start Date & End Date

Last intake in 2013.


Last intake in 2013.

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…the curriculum helps you build a very strong foundation, so when you have to apply what you’ve learn independently, it’s easy to remember things.


Last intake in 2013.

Last intake in 2013.

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business will be phased out with the introduction of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business and Management in 2014. Students registered under the New Regulations of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business can ask to transfer to the new Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business and Management in 2014.

Academic Programmes

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business - Full-time/Part-time

Awarded and developed by University of London (UOL), UK. Lead College, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Develop decision-making skills in business

Get a thorough grounding for a career in business, management, consultancy, finance and administration.

The BSc (Hon) in Business study programme provides a solid understanding of the different functional areas of business and management.

The degree is designed to develop excellent analytical skills invaluable to the decision-making role of management.

If you have a degree from another university, you can take up the Graduate Entry route for this degree and complete it in 2 years, instead of the full 3 years.

Job prospects

This programme is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in management consultancy, banking, accountancy, or general management.

Graduates have secured positions as Account Executives, Administrative Executives, Bank Officers, Business Development Executives, Corporate Relations Executives, Personal Bankers, Personal Financial Consultants, Sales Consultants and Trading Assistants.


Delivery Mode

Classes are conducted in a mix of lectures, tutorials and workshops, so you experience a diversity of styles for optimal learning.

An annual intensive revision period is organised between mid-March and end-April to prepare you for the examinations. These lessons may be held in the evenings or on weekends and public holidays.

You will also be provided with university materials such as subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists, handbooks on good study strategies and access to the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).

Full-time classes are held between Monday and Saturday, starting 8.30am, 12pm or 3.30pm in three-hour blocks. There are occasional classes at 7pm and on Sundays and public holidays.

Classes for the part-time programme are held from 7-10pm on weeknights or at 8.30am, 12pm or 3.30pm on Saturdays. There are occasional classes held on Sundays or public holidays. Students may transfer between the part-time and full-time programme after a year, subject to space availability.

Programme Calendar

  Degree application period  Jan – Mar
  Bridging application period (where applicable)  Jan – Mar


  Part-time programme: 
  Classes for new students  Sep – Feb
  SIM Preliminary exams  Mar

  Mar – Apr

  University exams


  Result release

  Mid Aug


  Full-time programme: 
  Year 1 classes  Aug – Feb
  Year 2 classes/Year 1 with exemptions  Sep – Feb
  SIM Preliminary exams


  Revision  Mar – Apr
  University exams


  Result release  End Aug

Candidature Period

The maximum allowed period for a student to complete the course as stipulated by the University of London is as reflected:

  Programme  Maximum candidature*   Minimum candidature
  Standard Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree  8 years  3 years
  Graduate Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree (9 units)  8 years

  2 years

 *The candidature period can be extended by the University if there are good reasons.

There will not be any refund or recourse should the student fail to complete within the maximum allowed period.

Students pursuing the Bachelor’s degree on a part-time basis are recommended to spread 12 units over four years by taking three units a year. At SIM, international students who are academically weak and find it difficult to progress or complete the programme within the minimum duration will be counselled. 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

For a class to commence, there must be a minimum number of 25 students. In the event that the minimum number is not met after the application period, the class will not commence. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.

Programme Structure

Standard Entry Route:

This direct honours degree programme has 12 units which are:

  • EC1002 Introduction to Economics
  • ST104A Statistics 1 (half-unit) and
  • MT105A Mathematics 1 (half-unit)
  • SC1021 Principles of Sociology
  • AC1025 Principles of Accounting
  • MN1107 Introduction to Business & Management
  • MN3141 Principles of Marketing* (EC1002 or SC1021 or MN2079)
  • One 300 unit from selection group M
  • One 300 unit from selection group M
  • One 300 unit from selection group M
  • One unit from selection group M
  • One 200 or 300 unit (or two half units) from any of the selection groups
  • One 200 or 300 unit (or two half units) from any of the selection groups

*Has prerequisites

Graduate Entry Route:

This degree is also open to those with a degree from other universities. The minimum duration of this 9 full unit programme, which is offered on both part-time and full-time basis, is two years.

To qualify, you must have:

A full first degree completed in minimum 3 years on full-time basis (or equivalent) from a university or other institution acceptable to the UOL and pass in Mathematics at 'O' level and proof of competence in the English language.

  • EC1002 Introduction to Economics
  • ST104A Statistics 1 (half-unit) and
  • MT105A Mathematics 1 (half-unit)
  • AC1025 Principles of Accounting
  • MN1107 Introduction to Business & Management
  • MN3141 Principles of Marketing* (EC1002 or SC1021 or MN2079)
  • One 300 unit from selection group M
  • One 300 unit from selection group M
  • One unit from selection group M
  • One unit from selection group A, B, E or M

*Has prerequisites

Programme Admission

The UOL governs all regulations and requirements of this programme. Currently, the university's General Entrance Requirements (GER) are:

  • must be at least 17 years old in the year of registration with UOL
  • 2 GCE 'A'/H2 level subjects and 3 GCE 'O' level subjects or
  • 3 GCE 'A'/H2 Level subjects and 1 GCE 'O' Level subject or
  • 3 H2 passes, provided at least grades D, E, E are obtained or
  • 2 H2 and 2 H1 passes, provided they are in non-overlapping subjects
  • satisfy course requirements in English and Mathematics

The following qualifications may also serve to meet the University’s GER for admission into Year 1:

  • Diploma in Management Studies, Diploma in Management Practice, Diploma in Human Resource Development and Diploma in Human Resource Management and Diploma in Business Management from SIM
  • Diplomas from Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic
  • Teaching certificate from NIE/NTU
  • Diploma in Banking and Finance from IBF
  • Diploma in Industrial Relations from SILS or Diploma in Employment Relations from SILS/SIM (or OTC Institute-SIM)
  • Advanced Diploma in Business Studies, Marketing and Sales Management, Quality Management, Human Resource Management or in Commerce from PSB
  • Diploma in Business Efficiency and Productivity, Business Administration, Management Accounting and Finance and in Human Resource Management from PSB Academy, provided they obtain an average of not less than C (60%)
  • Diploma in Business Administration from FTMS Business School
  • Professional Diploma or Professional Postgraduate Diploma from CIM
  • Advanced Diploma in Administrative Management from IAM
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education, provided that a minimum score of 30 points is advanced
  • Australian Universities Admission Index (UAI) score or National Tertiary Entrance Rank of 80 or above
  • European Baccalaureate
  • International Baccalaureate (the Diploma)
  • Open University UK, two full credits, one at Foundation level and one at Higher Level
  • Two passes for the Malaysia Higher School Certificate/ Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (except Kertas Am) Grades A-C from 2003 in the new marking scheme (A-E in the old marking scheme before 2003)

The GER includes a pass (Grade C6 and above) in Mathematics at the GCE 'O' level and proof of competence in the English Language.

The list is not exhaustive and is subject to annual revision.

Last intake in 2013.


Selected business related diploma graduates may apply for exemption of up to four foundation units. You are advised to check with SIM for details if you have a business diploma from a polytechnic or from SIM. These diplomas may qualify for exemption from selected units if you also complete the SIM bridging courses in Economics and/or Mathematics. These bridging course are held once a year starting April. Qualifications on which exemptions are based must have been obtained within five years of the candidate's application for exemption.

Last intake in 2013.

Assessment and Exams

SIM assignments, class tests and preliminary examinations allow students sufficient practice for the University's annual examinations. The examination marks account for 100% for most papers. The exception is for selected units where the coursework needs to be assessed by the University.

You must attempt all 12 units listed in the structure to qualify for the degree. Further units normally carry more weight than foundation units.


The programme is made up of a collection of full and half-units. It is normally expected that candidates will take on 4 full units per academic year and 3 years to graduate.

Those who fail a module may be allowed to repeat the module and re-sit the examination the following year, along with other new units. Units which have been passed may not be re-taken. There are a maximum of 3 attempts for each paper.

Further units may have pre-requisites made up of foundation units and/or other further units. Except for the final year, candidates may sit for a maximum of 4 new units.

In the final year, a maximum of 5 full new units is permitted provided there are no other re-sit units. Students are allowed to progress through each academic year until they meet the minimum requirement to be classified a graduate.

Attendance requirement

Candidates who enroll for the SIM Bridging course in Economics or in Mathematics will need a minimum attendance of 75% to sit for the bridging examinations.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore requires all foreign students issued with valid Student's Pass to attain attendance of 90% and above in any month of the course.



To complete a BSc degree, candidates must attempt all 12 units listed in the degree structure. Further units normally carry more weight than foundation units as spelt out in the classification scheme.

Graduates attend a presentation ceremony locally organised by SIM in April, although graduates are also welcomed to attend the federal University of London graduation held in March each year.