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Application Closing Date for October 2017 Intake: 

19 Aug 2017

Events & Programme Briefings

  • Open House Programme Briefing - University of Birmingham, Master of Science International Business / Management

    Come join us on Sat Sep 30 20:00:00 SGT 2017, Sat Sep 30 20:00:00 SGT 2017 - Sat Sep 30 21:30:00 SGT 2017, at SIM HQ, Clementi Road ...

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Strategic management and leadership are what drive successful companies forward, shaping their decision making and helping them achieve their ambitions. Without a strong strategic plan, organisations cannot function at a competitive level, so you will be a key player in your company’s success.

Reasons to study Birmingham’s postgraduate degrees at SIM 

  • The 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 and management
  • 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 

Career Prospects

The programmes support a variety of careers, including consulting, public policy and research, management positions in the public sector, the private sector, small and medium enterprises, and large multinational corporations.

Opportunity for Further Study

Graduates may further their studies in PhD and doctoral programmes from universities around the world. 

Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics 

Mode of Delivery 

Taught Modules

Taught modules are delivered on a block teaching basis by Birmingham academics who teach the same module on the University’s home campus to ensure equivalent academic inputs to the Singapore programme.

A 10-credit module is equivalent to one week of lectures. One to two modules are expected to be delivered monthly. The modules are conducted intensively on weekdays, typically 6 hours per day on SIM’s campus. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required.


There will be workshops, consultation sessions and supervisors assigned to students for dissertation guidance.


  • Advanced Strategy (10 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Management (10 credits)
  • Environment of Business (10 credits)
  • International Business Strategy (10 credits)
  • Operations Management (10 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Strategic Leadership (10 credits)
  • Strategic Management (10 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

Electives (choose 3)  

  • Entrepreneurship: Advanced Topics (10 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship: Business Start‐Up (10 credits)
  • Innovation Management (10 credits)
  • Leading and Managing Change and Crisis (10 credits)
  • Organisational Reliability and Resilience (10 credits)
  • Value Chains, Outsourcing and Procurement (10 credits) 

A 10-credit module is equivalent to 30 contact hours.

The choice of modules is subject to change and will follow changes according to the programme in the UK. 

Module Synopses (including dissertation)

Duration & Candidature Period

The programme is designed to be completed in a year.

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: 25 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  

Academic Qualification Requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, management or economics (Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent).
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on individual merits.

English Proficiency Requirement

  • A minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE ‘O’ level; or
  • IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each band); or
  • TOEFL iBT: 88 (with no less than 20 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing); or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): a minimum of 59 in all four skills.

Other Requirements 

These are to be submitted with your application:

  • Two satisfactory references of which one must be academic-related; and
  • a letter of academic interest and objective in undertaking postgraduate study.

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the Programme Director. Applicants may be interviewed prior to acceptance into the programme.


Course Fee 

Total: S$26,964.00, payable in two payments 

Per payment of 60 credits taught module fee: S$13,482.00

Per 10 credits taught module fee: S$2,247.00 

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and are payable before term commencement (exclude textbooks). Fees are valid for 2017 intake and assume that the student completes the programme in one year.

Exemption Eligibility



Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:25


Pass each term’s assessments and/or exams before progressing to the next term.

Assessments & Exams  

Taught Modules 

Taught modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework*, or a combination of both. They are normally scheduled one to two weeks after a module’s completion. Exams will be held on SIM’s campus. 

Re-assessment will be advised by the University for students who did not fulfil the passing requirement of any taught modules.

*Coursework can take a variety of forms including essays, practical assignments, presentations and reports etc. Some coursework may be group based. 


Students will need to complete a 10,000 – 12,000 word dissertation for submission. The submission period is normally in end-August or early September.

Note: The assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

Attendance Requirement


Award of Degree 

Obtain a total of 180 credits to attain the Master of Science Management: Strategy awarded by the University of Birmingham.


A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM’s campus. Alternatively, graduates can choose to attend the ceremony in July in the UK.