Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Banking and Finance


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.

This programme is suitable for those who want to pursue a career in accountancy, consulting, commercial or investment banking, trading and sales or risk management.

Awarded by:

Course Start Date & End Date

Aug 2017 – Jun 2020 (FT)
Sep 2017 – Jun 2020 (PT/FT)
Standard BSc inclusive of UOL Final Examination (3 years)


S$27,500 (est.) for 12 units / 3 years (Standard BSc route )
S$20,800 (est.) for 9 units / 2 years (BSc Graduate entry route)

Application Fee applies

For 2017, the Standard BSc programme fee is S$5,778 for four full courses per year. It excludes other fees payable to the University and the RELC Examinations Bureau.

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST

Scholarships & Awards

SIM GE scholarships available


Application Period:
5 January - 28 June 2017

Next Closing Date:
19 July 2017

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.  


Events & Programme Briefings

  • University of London - Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences Programme Briefing

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Gain insight into role of finance in industrial economy

This programme shows how financial institutions manage risk, how financial markets trade risk and how new instruments to control risk are developed for the benefit of the economy.

The programme gives you an insight into the pivotal role of finance in an industrial economy. You gain a thorough understanding of the ways in which financial intermediaries and institutions operate, and the structure and functioning of financial markets.

Past graduates have gone on to carve out successful careers in finance-related organisations, including banks, insurance firms and securities firms.


Job Prospects 

In the 2014/2015 Graduate Employment Survey conducted by an external consultant, 87.3% were employed.

Of those in full-time permanent positions, 64% received the job offer before their final examination results were released.

Among the employed, 6.8% of them had started their own businesses. This is testament to the fact that SIM-UOL graduates are sought after by top employers in Singapore and around the world.

For more info on job prospects, please refer to the brochure.

Teaching Faculty

Local faculty, with intensive workshops by UK academics.

Delivery Mode

Lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study

Duration of each lesson in 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. Classes for part-time programmes are held from 7 to 10pm on weekends or on Saturdays, with occasional classes 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

Year 1 classes Aug 2017 – Feb 2018 (local students)
Year 1 classes Sep 2017 – Feb 2018 (international students)
Year 1 classes Sep 2017 – Feb 2018 (with exemptions)
Year 1 classes Sep 2017 – Feb 2018 (part-time students)

Year 2 classes Sep 2017 – Feb 2018

Revision Mar – Apr 2018
University exams May 2018
Results released in mid-Aug 2018

Candidature Period

Minimum / Maximum period:
Standard BSc (Hons) (12 units) 3 years / 8 years
Graduate BSc (Hons) (9 units) 2 years / 8 years

The candidature period may be extended by the University on a case-by-case basis.

No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete within the maximum period.

SIM reserves the right to recommend and withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme.

Minimum Class Size

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


Standard Entry Route:

Minimum duration of this programme, which is offered on both part-time and full-time basis, is three years. This direct honours degree programme has 12 full units:

100 units
1. # EC1002 Introduction to Economics
2. ST104A Statistics 1 (half unit) and MT105A Mathematics 1 (half unit)
3. FN1024 Principles of banking and finance
4. AC1025 Principles of accounting
5. * One unit (or two half unit) from Selection groups F(i)

200 and 300 units
6. FN3092 Corporate finance (EC1002) + (MT105A or MT105B or MT1174)
7. ^EC2020 Elements of econometrics (EC1002) + (ST104A or ST104B) + (MT105A or MT105B or MT1174) or
EC2065 Macroeconomics (EC1002) + (MT105A or MT1174) or
EC2066 Microeconomics (EC1002) + (MT105A or MT1174)
8. FN2029 Financial intermediation (FN1024)
9. ** FN3023 Investment management (FN1024)
10. One 300 unit from Selection groups A or B
11. One 300 unit (or two half units) from any Selection groups
12. One 200 or 300 unit (or two half units) chosen from any of the Selection groups

Graduate Entry Route:

The minimum duration of this 9 full-unit programme, which is offered on both part-time and full-time basis, is two years.

100 units
1. # EC1002 Introduction to Economics
2. ST104A Statistics 1 (half unit) and MT105A Mathematics 1 (half unit)
3. FN1024 Principles of banking and finance
4. AC1025 Principles of accounting

200 and 300 units
5. FN3092 Corporate finance (EC1002) + (MT105A or MT105B or MT1174)
6. EC2065 Macroeconomics (EC1002) + (MT105A or MT1174) or
EC2066 Microeconomics (EC1002) + (MT105A or MT1174)
7. FN2029 Financial intermediation (FN1024)
8. ** FN3023 Investment management (FN1024)
9. One 300 unit (or two half units) chosen from any of the Selection groups


* APL awarded from one named or unnamed 100 unit can be placed here.
** FN3023 Investment management must be taken after or at the same time as FN3092 Corporate finance.
# EC1002 Introduction to Economics must be taken after or at the same time as MT105A Mathematics 1. 
^ EC2020 Econometrics can only be taken at the same time as or after ST104B Statistics 2 and MT105B Mathematics 2, not before. You will also need to have passed the prerequisites of EC1002 Introduction to economics, MT105A Mathematics 1 and ST104A Statistics 1. However, if you passed MT1174 Calculus, you do not need to take MT105A or MT105B, but must still meet the other prerequisites and co-requisites. MT1174 remains a prerequisite option and so must be passed before taking this course.

2017-2018 Units offered at SIM
Outline of Modules
Sample of Part-time class schedule

Entry Requirements

General Entrance Requirements (GER) are:

  • Applicant must be 17 years or older by 30 November in the year of registration with UOL
  • Satisfy course requirements in English and Mathematics
  • Two approved* GCE ‘A’ /H2 level subjects and three approved* GCE ‘O’ level subjects, OR
  • Three approved* GCE ‘A’ /H2 level subjects and one approved* GCE ‘O’ level subject, OR
  • Three H2 passes provided that at least grades D, E, E are obtained, OR
  • Two H2 and two H1 passes provided they are in non-overlapping subjects

*Approved subjects are ‘A’ level papers taken after 1986 and all ‘O’ level subjects taken after 1975 in Singapore.

The following qualifications may meet GER for admission into Year 1:

  • Diploma in Accounting, Banking and Finance, International Business and Management Studies awarded by SIM
  • Diplomas awarded by Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic or Temasek Polytechnic
  • Teaching certificate from NIE/NTU
  • Diploma in Employment Relations from Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute (OTCi) and SIM University (UNISIM).
  • Diploma from PSB Academy with average of 60% or better, done 9 months full time or 12 months part time and with at least 4 O level passes.
  • NUS High School Diploma.
  • University of London International Foundation Certificate
  • University of London Diploma in Economics / Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences
  • Northern Consortium UK International Foundation Year (China syllabus) (in and after June 2004), provided at least 200 IFY points have been obtained and that the module English for Academic Purposes is passed at grade C or above.
  • International Baccalaureate (the Diploma). Must have completed Mathematics/ Mathematical Studies at Higher Level grade 3 or better or Standard Level grade 4 or better. English at grade 4 or better meets the English requirement.
  • 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) + 3 SPM at grade C or better including Mathematics.
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) offered in Malaysia provided that 5 acceptable subjects are passed at credit (or Grade B) or better, together with 3 non-overlapping subjects awarded with grades 1 to 6 (Grade A - C) in the SPM OR 8 acceptable UEC subjects passed at Credit (or Grade B) or better.
  • Malaysian Certificate of Education/SPM English Language Communicational (122 or 322) grade 6 (C) or better meets the English requirement
  • 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.

Refer to the University of London prospectus for full information.

Estimated Overall Fees

Standard Entry BSc (12 units for 3 years)
Year 1 : $9,900.00
Year 2 : $8,800.00
Year 3 : $8,800.00
Total course fee : $27,500.00

Graduate Entry BSc (9 units for 2 years)
Year 1 : $9,900.00
Year 2 : $10,900.00
Total course fee : $20,800.00

Graduate Entry BSc (9 units for  3 years)
Year 1 : $7,800.00
Year 2 : $6,800.00
Year 3 : $6,800.00
Total course fee : $21,400.00

Standard Entry BSc with exemption from 4 full units (8 units for 2 years)
Year 2 : $9,800.00
Year 3 : $8,800.00
Total course fee: $18,600.00

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

 Application Fees Applies

Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees

Payable to SIM

Programme Fees for BSc (Honours)
12 full units : $17,334.00
9 full units : $13,000.50
8 full units : $11,556.00

Payable to University of London (UOL)

UOL Application Fee (One Time Payment) : £88.00
UOL Initial Registration Fee (Year 1) : £874.00
UOL Continuing Registration Fee (Year 2 and 3) : £399.00

UOL Examination Fee
BSc, 12 full units : $7,200.00
BSc, 9 full units : $5,400.00
BSc, 8 full units: $4,800.00

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.

Scholarships and Awards

SIM GE scholarships available

Exemption Eligibility

  • Qualifications on which exemptions are based must have been obtained within 5 years of the candidate's application for exemption.
  • Qualifications that do not qualify for automatic exemption will require a fee of £93 per full unit or £47 per half unit   

    Sample Bridging Timetable (PT/FT)


Lecturers & their Teaching Modules  

Average teacher-student ratio for part time – 1:81


Assessment & Exams

Completion of class tests, assignments and preliminary exams is encouraged in preparation for the University’s annual exams.

Exams account for 100% grading, with the exception of some units whereby coursework is assessed by the University.

Successful completion of 12 modules is required to qualify for the degree. The 200 and 300 units modules normally carry more weight than the 100 units.

Grading Scheme

70-100 : First Class Honours
60-69 : Upper Second Class Honours
50-59 : Lower Second Class Honours
40-49 : Third Class Honours
0-39 : Fail 


Candidates are expected to take on 4 full units per academic year and 3 years to graduate.

  • A Pass or exemption from at least two Level 100 units modules before they attempt Level 200/300 units.
  • A pass in a unit shall not be eligible for a re-sit.
  • Failure in a module shall be eligible to be repeated / re-sit in the exam up to a maximum of 3 attempts for each paper.

Attendance requirement

Local: 75%


The award of the BSc (Hons) degree requires successful completion of all 12 units.

Graduates may participate in the presentation ceremony on SIM campus in April or the University of London (UK) in March.

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