Programmes

Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Business (Top-up)

Full-time

Programme Overview

Developed, fully taught and awarded by Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK.

The University, founded in 1900, is one of the largest in the UK. It is a major centre of research and academic study, with 11 Nobel Prize winners among staff and alumni.

The University is ranked 82nd in the QS World University Rankings (2016/17). It is also one of the Top 15 universities in the UK for Business and Management Studies (The Complete University Guide Subject Table Rankings 2017) and the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

The two-year programme is offered through the Birmingham Business School, one of the oldest in England and offers a wide variety of programmes.

The school holds triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Objectives

  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of modern business within different cultures
  • Provide the opportunity to experience business in action within another culture through international study or industry placement overseas
  • Introduce and develop a breath of knowledge in a wide range of business topics
  • Provide the opportunity to combine academic theory and practical skills in a written dissertation
  • Develop research skills and critical thinking through shared views, debates and discussions

This two-year programme is designed for local Polytechnic diploma holders with an average Grade B.

An SIM Preparatory Course in Business is available for non-Business related diploma holders.


Course Start Date & End Date

There is one intake a year in July.

9th Intake*

Preparatory Course in Business
17 Apr 2017 – 30 Jun 2017

Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Business
10 Jul 2017 – 30 Jun 2019

*Date & period is subject to change by the University

If you are currently serving National Service (NS) and you are unable to complete your NS by programme induction and commencement, please contact SIM GE for further advice before application submission.

 

 

Fee

Preparatory Course in Business (if applicable): S$1,926.00

Programme fee: S$41,730.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and exclude textbooks (valid for 2017 intake).

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE Scholarships available

Olga Serena

I chose Birmingham’s International Business because it provided me with the knowledge and skill set in managing an organisation.

Application

Application Closing Date for 9th Intake: 

Preparatory Course in Business
Closed

Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Business
15 May 2017

 


International study experience for global exposure & networking opportunities

The programme imparts an international experience and cultural awareness to students who are considering a future career in international management.

Reasons to study Birmingham’s Undergraduate Degree at SIM

  • Degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK
  • Fully taught by Birmingham academics
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business
  • Established international reputation of University and the Business School
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • International syllabus with a focus on the issues of globalisation
  • Dedicated academics and administrative staff who provide continuous support for your studies

Career Prospects

Birmingham’s business degrees have long been recognised by major employees across all sectors of the economy. The programme is continuously updated to reflect the latest thinking in business education, providing rigorous academic training with practical relevance.

Graduates can find employment across all sectors of the economy. Likely employment sectors include retail management, financial services, accountancy, manufacturing, management consultancy and others. 

Opportunity for Further Study

Graduates may proceed to attain higher qualifications from universities around the world on completion of this programme.

To proceed for a Master’s qualification at University of Birmingham, you will require at least an upper second class award. University of Birmingham currently offers a suite of postgraduate taught programmes in SIM:

Master of Science

  • Economics
  • International Economics
  • Investments
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Management: Organisational Leadership and Change
  • Management: Strategy

For a list of postgraduate programmes available at the University in the UK, please visit the University’s website at: www.bham.ac.uk

 

Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics

Mode of Delivery

The programme covers two years for advanced standing students.

Each year of study comprises three study blocks, with each study block spanning over a period of four months.

Lessons are conducted between Monday and Friday over three time slots: 8:30am/ 12pm/ 3:30pm. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required. Depending on the module, lessons are conducted typically 3 to 6 hours per day over a two-week period.

A 10-credit module is typically equivalent to 100 hours of study with 30 hours of class contact and 70 hours of self-study. Self-study includes revision, assignment writing and exam preparation.
 

All classes are conducted on SIM campus, unless otherwise stated.

Programme Calendar

Two study blocks will be spent in an overseas environment.

A typical schedule for each study block in a year, commencing from July to June:

Year 2 

Study Block 1 (Jul to Oct): Lectures and end-of-study block exams
Study Block 2 (Nov to mid-Jan): Lectures and end-of-study block exams
Study Block 3 (Mid-Jan to end-Apr): International Study A

For the first overseas study in Year 2, students travel to the University of Birmingham in January and study at the Birmingham campus until April. They complete their third study block in the UK and study a variety of business modules not available in Singapore. They will also attend a team-building programme in the scenic English Lake District.

Year 3

Study Block 1 (Jul to Oct): Lectures and end-of-study block exams
Study Block 2 (Nov to Feb): Lectures and end-of-study block exams
Study Block 3 (Mar to Jun): International Study B (Start and end date differs)

In Year 3, students normally study at one of the University’s exchange partners based on available slots. Students may also choose to work in Year 3, but will need to find their own overseas placement. International students may choose to work in their own country.

Students will need to select their Year 3 study placement partner while they are in the UK. It is not guaranteed that you will be able to go to your first choice of selection but the University has sufficient places to send at least two students to each partner based on academic merit.

For the international study or industry placement overseas, there will be additional costs over and above the programme fee to cover travel, accommodation and living expenses.

Modules

Year 2

  • Business Accounting
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Event Management
  • Fundamentals of Leadership
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • International Marketing
  • Managerial Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Service and Relationship Marketing
  • Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy
  • International Study A
     

Year 3

  • Crisis Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Employee Relations
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Research Skills
  • Social Marketing and Societal Issues
  • Advanced Business Economics
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Management
  • International Study B

The programme in Singapore has no electives.

University of Birmingham reserves the right to vary the programme/module content, as deemed appropriate. 

Module Synopses

Candidature Period

The maximum allowed period for a student to complete the 24-month programme is 36 months or three years.

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.

Minimum Class Size 

Minimum class size to commence: 30 students

If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement.


 

Entry Requirements

  • SIM Diplomas; or
  • Business related Diplomas from local Polytechnics; or
  • Non-Business related Diplomas from local Polytechnics with successful completion of the SIM Preparatory Course in Business.
  • All other qualifications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Note: All admissions (direct & non-direct entries) are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the University.

Business Diplomas that may be eligible for advanced standing to Year 2 of the programme include

SIM Diploma in

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • International Business
  • Management Studies

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Accountancy and Finance
  • Diploma in Banking & Financial Services
  • Diploma in Business Informatics
  • Diploma in Business Management
  • Diploma in Business Management (CRM)
  • Diploma in Food and Beverage Business
  • Diploma in Fund Management & Administration
  • Diploma in Hospitality and Resort Management
  • Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Diploma in Marketing
  • Diploma in Sports and Wellness Management

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Accountancy
  • Diploma in Arts Business Management
  • Diploma in Banking and Financial Services
  • Diploma in Business and Social Enterprise
  • Diploma in Business Information Technology
  • Diploma in Business Studies (All Options)
  • Diploma in Electronic and Computer Engineering with Minor in Business Management
  • Diploma in Financial Informatics
  • Diploma in International Business
  • Diploma in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Diploma in Logistic Engineering and Management
  • Diploma in Logistic Management
  • Diploma in Marketing
  • Diploma in Real Estate Business
  • Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management

Republic Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Integrated Events Management
  • Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality Management
  • Diploma in Wellness Lifestyle and Spa Management

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Accountancy
  • Diploma in Banking and Financial Services (Banking)
  • Diploma in Business Administration (All Options)
  • Diploma in Business Information Technology (E-Business Management)
  • Diploma in Business Information Technology (New Media Marketing)
  • Diploma in Business Innovation and Design
  • Diploma in Engineering with Business
  • Diploma in Financial Informatics (All Options)
  • Diploma in Hotel and Leisure Facility Management
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management with Psychology
  • Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management
  • Diploma in International Business
  • Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Business
  • Diploma in Business Information Technology
  • Diploma in Culinary and Catering Management
  • Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Business (2-year)
  • Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Diploma in Leisure and Resort Management
  • Diploma in Logistic and Operations Management
  • Diploma in Marketing
  • Diploma in Retail Management

Applicants must obtain an average Grade B and applicants may be required to be interviewed before admission.

English Proficiency Requirement

  • Minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE 'O' Level; or
  • IELTS 6.5 overall (at least 6.0 in each band); or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 59 in all four skills; or
  • Successful completion of a recognised approved Diploma, where the language of instruction was English.

Note: All admissions (direct & non-direct entries) are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the University.

Preparatory Course in Business

Applicants with a non-Business related Diploma from local Polytechnics will be required to complete and pass a three-month SIM Preparatory Course in Business, for entry to this programme.

The preparatory course is developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing

Lectures are conducted by local lecturers and each class has a duration of three hours.

Students will be assessed at the end of the preparatory course in May/June. The modules are assessed either by written examinations, coursework or a combination of both.

Preparatory Course Synopses

Minimum Class Size: 25 students

If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement.

Certification

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the Preparatory Course in Business. 

Course Fee

Preparatory Course in Business (if applicable): S$1,926.00 (S$642.00 per module)

Programme fee: S$41,730.00, payable in four payments

Per payment payable: S$10,432.50

Note: The programme fee is exclusive of air fares and accommodation for international study or industry placement overseas. Over and above the programme fee, students will need an estimated of S$6,000 per overseas trip to cover for the airfare and accommodation but it excludes the cost of living as how much you need depends on where you go and your lifestyle.

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and payable before course/semester commencement (exclude textbooks and valid for 9th intake).

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE Scholarships available

Exemption Eligibility

Nil

Profiles

Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:130

Progression 

To obtain 100 credits from Year 2 to progress to Year 3.

Assessments & Exams

Assessment and/or exams vary from module to module. 

10-credit module: Either 100% assignment or 100% exam
20-credit module: Comprises both assignment and exam

End-of-study block main exam is normally held in October and February and will be set by the University of Birmingham.

The assessment dates are subject to change by the University. 

Attendance Requirement

All full-time local and international students are required to attain 100% attendance.

Award & Graduation

Year 2 – 12.5%
Year 3 – 75%
International Study A & B – 12.5%

To achieve Honours, students must obtain 320 out of 360 credits.

A degree congregation ceremony presided by the University of Birmingham is normally held each year in November at SIM HQ. Alternatively, graduates can choose to attend the degree congregation in July or December in the UK.

The degree awarded and degree certificate, will be the same as that awarded in the UK.
 

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