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.

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 breadth 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 debates and discussions

This two-year programme is designed for local polytechnic diploma holders with an average Grade B who wish to pursue a degree in broad-based management.

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

Your degree certificate from the University of Birmingham is identical to those awarded in the UK with the degree title - "Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Business".

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Course Start Date & End Date

There is one intake a year in July.

2019 Intake*

Preparatory Course in Business (if applicable)

15 Apr 2019 – 30 Jun 2019

Bachelor of Science (Honours) International Business

08 Jul 2019 - 30 Jun 2021

*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$642.00 per module

Programme fee: S$42,981.90

Application Fee applies

The fees above are valid for 2019 intake. All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and exclude textbooks.

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 2019 Intake

Preparatory Course in Business (if applicable): 20 Jan 2019

Direct-entry: 14 Apr 2019

Application opens after mid-September 


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 degrees at SIM

  • Degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business and management
  • Established international reputation of the University and the Business School
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • International syllabus and a balance of assessments between coursework and exams
  • Dedicated academics and staff who provide continuous support for your studies
  • Join the alumni community of more than 300,000 graduates. From television and sport to research and government, the University has outstanding alumni across all sectors.

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 Postgraduate Study

Graduates may further their studies to attain higher qualifications from universities around the world upon completion of this programme.

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

Master of Science

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

For a list of postgraduate programmes available on the home campus, 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.

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 they 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 (180 credits)

  • Business Accounting (10 credits)
  • Consumer Behaviour (10 credits)
  • Event Management (10 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Leadership (10 credits)
  • International Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
  • International Marketing (10 credits)
  • Managerial Finance (10 credits)
  • Operations Management (10 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (10 credits)
  • Service and Relationship Marketing (10 credits)
  • Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy (20 credits)
  • International Study A (60 credits)
     

Year 3 (180 credits)

  • Crisis Management (10 credits)
  • Digital Marketing (10 credits)
  • Employee Relations (10 credits)
  • International Human Resource Management (10 credits)
  • Research Skills (10 credits)
  • Social Marketing and Societal Issues (10 credits)
  • Business Analytics (10 credits)
  • Advanced Business Economics (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
  • International Study B (60 credits)

Note:

- The modules to be offered would be pre-determined by the University.

- The modules listed here and on the University's website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Module Synopses

Candidature Period

Preparatory Course in Business

The maximum allowed period for a student to complete the 3-month preparatory course is 3 months.

BSs (Hons) International Business

The maximum allowed period for a student to complete the 24-month programme is 48 months or four 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 with the refund of application fee.


 

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 related 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 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 Financial Business Informatics
  • 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 may be required for interview before admission.

English Language Proficiency

  • 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 (if applicable)

Developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore.

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 into the programme.

The preparatory course, comprising three modules, will cover foundational concepts to prepare students for undergraduate study with University of Birmingham.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing

University of Birmingham may require students to complete a minimum of one and up to a maximum of three modules, per intake.

Preparatory Course Synopses

The course, conducted annually between April and June, is delivered through blended learning, a combination of face-to-face lessons and e-learning components. Face-to-face lectures are typically 3 hours on weekdays. Some lessons may also take place on weekday evenings and Saturdays if required.

The modules are assessed either by written examinations, coursework^ or a combination of both. Written exams will be held at the end of the preparatory course in May/June. There are no re-sits.
^Coursework include in-course tests, assignments etc.

The minimum class size is 25 students. If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.

Certification

A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successfully passing the Preparatory Course in Business. There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the course within the course duration.

Course Fee

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

Programme fee: S$42,981.90, payable in four payments

Per payment payable: S$10,745.48

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

The fees above are valid for 2019 intake. All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and payable before course/semester commencement (exclude textbooks).

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE Scholarships available

Exemption Eligibility

Nil

Profiles

Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average Teacher-student Ratio

Preparatory Course in Business - 1:40

BSc (Hons) International Business - 1:150

Progression 

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

Assessments & Exams

Assessment and/or exams vary from module to module. 

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

The assessment dates are subject to change by the University. 

Attendance Requirement

Preparatory Course in Business

Full-time local students are required to attain 75% attendance.

Full-time international students are required to attain 90% attendance.

BSc (Hons) International Business

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 may choose to attend the degree congregation in July or December in the UK.

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

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