Graduate Diploma in E-Business and Social Media


Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by University of London (UOL), UK. Lead College, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

LSE is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Since its foundation in 1895, it has acquired a worldwide reputation for the quality of its research – 50% of its research was rated world-leading and a further 37% internationally excellent in the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities.

In today's world, technologies are becoming indispensable in many industries and professions, as well as forming the basis of much of business innovation. This programme focuses on how e-business and social media are used within business and administrative organisations. It aims to provide the understanding and skills for modern managers to utilize the power of both to improve the performance of their organisations.


Course Start Date & End Date

September 2019 – June 2020 (FT) inclusive of UOL Final Examination


S$10,400 (est.) for 1 year

Application Fee applies

The fees above are only valid for 2019/2020 intake. All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.


Applications are open 

Application Period: 
7 Jan 2019 – 13 Feb 2019

Next Application Period: 
14 Feb 2019 – 27 Feb 2019

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.  

Events & Programme Briefings

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Key to understanding how organisations and societies use and exploit e-business and social media

This programme discuss the role of e-business and social media in contemporary organisations through an analysis of the underlying development and use of e-business and social media in the organisation. it examines the impact on markets, organisations and societies, also the technological and business innovations that have contributed to the growth of e-business and social media.

You are required to submit coursework, including computer-based work. You will need access to a standard PC with standard database, spreadsheet, programming language and word processor software. All these are available in the SIM computer labs.

This programme is not a technical one, but rather focuses on the business models and strategies derived from the technologies, as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with their introduction.

At the end of the programme, students should be able to understand how organisations and societies are able to exploit new information and communication technologies; also understand how social aspects are affecting the development and deployment of e-business and social media in organisations.


Teaching Faculty

Local faculty, with intensive workshops by UK academics.

Delivery Mode

Lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study

Duration of each lesson is 3 hours.

Mode of Study

Full time classes are held in three-hour blocks between Monday and Saturday, starting at 8.30am, 12pm, or 3.30pm. There are occasional classes on weeknights at 7pm and on Sundays and public holidays. Local students may transfer between the part-time and full-time programme after a year, at the annual course enrolment exercise for continuing students.

Learning Support

  • Annual intensive revision from mid-March to end-April (lessons may be held in the evenings / weekends / public holidays).
  • Classes on study skills, academic writing and Peer-Assisted Learning sessions.

Academic Materials

  • Virtual Learning Environment
  • SIM Connect portal
  • University materials such as subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies

Programme Calendar

Classes / Sept 2019 – Feb 2020
SIM Preliminary Exams / Feb 2020
Revision / Mar – Apr 2020
University Exams / May 2020
Results released / Mid-Aug 2020

Candidature Period

The programme is made up of 4 units and there are no prerequisites for each unit.

1 and 5 years to complete the qualification, with a minimum duration of 1 year.

Students will attend classes with those pursuing a Bachelor's programme at SIM campus.

Minimum Class Size

Minimum class size to commence: 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.


Three compulsory units:

  • IS1181 Digital infrastructures for business
  • IS3167 Management and innovation of e-business
  • IS3183 Management and social media


One unit chosen from:

  • IS2184 Information systems management* (offered FT only)
  • IS3159 Research project in digital innovation* (offer FT only)
  • MN3119 Strategy
  • MN3141 Principles of marketing

* Assessment for IS2184 and IS3159 includes coursework

Outline of Modules
Sample of full-time class schedule

Entry Requirements

  • A full first degree completed in a minimum of 3 years duration on a full-time basis (or equivalent) from a university or an institution acceptable to the University of London,
  • GCE ‘O’ level Mathematics - grade C or C6 and above or its equivalent
  • GCE ‘O’ level English - grade C or C6 and above or its equivalent

Candidates holding professional and/or postgraduate qualifications without a full first degree cannot be considered for admission to the Graduate Entry Route.
University of London graduates from the same range of degrees under the academic direction of LSE cannot be considered for the Graduate Entry Route or for the Graduate Diploma.

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

Refer to the University of London prospectus for full information.

Foreign Applicants:
Click here for information on overseas qualifications

Estimated Overall Fees

Estimated Overall fee: S$10,400 for 4 units (1 year programme)

The Estimated Overall Fee is made up of :
1. Programme Fees
2. UOL Application Fee
3. UOL Initial Registration Fee
4. UOL examination fee (payable to UOL and RELC Examinations Bureau)

*Refer to the breakdown cost listed below:

Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees 

Payable to SIM

Programme Fees
4 full units : $6,014.00

Application Fees Applies

Payable to University of London (UOL)

UOL Application Fee (One Time Payment) : £92.00
UOL Initial Registration Fee : £935.00
UOL Examination Fee (4 full units) : $2,550.00

Additional UOL and SIM fees apply for those who repeat/resit the coursework/exam and also for those who extend their registration with the University.

Note: This estimated University of London examination fee, payable in S$ to the RELC Examinations Bureau, includes an admin fee (per paper) to RELC. All UOL fees are subjected to yearly revision.

Click here to refer to the Miscellaneous fees.

The fees above are only valid for 2019/2020 intake.

Exemption Eligibility

There are no exemptions from units.

Students will not be permitted to transfer from the Graduate Diploma to the related BSc qualifications offered through the UOL Programmes.

Students may transfer between the different Graduate Diploma.

A student who fails a unit twice may transfer to another unit, within the 5-year registration period.


Lecturers & their Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio for full-time – 1:88


Assessment & Exams

The programme is made up of full and half-units. Candidates may take four full units and complete them in one sitting at the end of the academic year.

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.

Candidates who fail a module may repeat the module and re-sit the examination the following year. The re-sit unit which is an elective may be replaced by another new unit.

Units which have been passed may not be re-taken. There are a maximum of two attempts for each paper.

There are no pre-requisites for candidates in the Graduate Diploma.

Grading Scheme

Graduates who do well may be awarded with a Diploma with Distinction or Merit.

70-100 : Distinction
60-69 : Merit
40-59 : Pass
0-39 : Fail  

Attendance requirement

Local: 75%
Student's Pass holders: 90%


Graduates of the UOL Programmes may progress to postgraduate studies either locally or overseas.