Graduate Diploma in Information Systems (Teach-Out by Dec 2021)


Programme Overview

A new Graduate Diploma in E-Business and Social Media is replacing the Information Systems postgraduate. For more details about the new replacement programme, please check it out HERE




Course Start Date & End Date

Last intake in 2016.


Last intake in 2016.


Last intake in 2016.


Last intake in 2016

Enlarge your skillset in Infocomm

Enlarge your skillset in information technology and communications with this Diploma programme.

The Diploma is also appropriate for those who want to pursue post-graduate studies at a British university but whose first degree may not be readily acceptable in the UK.

You can look forward to employment opportunities in general management roles where a broad knowledge of Infocomm is useful, particularly in planning, strategy, and overall corporate operation.

The Graduate Diploma programmes are a replacement for the range of Diploma for Graduate programmes. E.g. Diploma for Graduate (Accounting) has been renamed Graduate Diploma (Accounting) with effect from 2016.

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 the 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 Sep 2017 – Feb 2018
Revision Mar – Apr 2018
University exams May 2018
Results released in mid-Aug 2018

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:

  • IS2062 Information systems development and management
  • IS2138 Information and communication technologies: principles and perspectives
  • IS3159 Research project in information systems


One unit chosen from:

  • IS1060 Introduction to information systems OR
  • IS2136 Information systems and organisations
  • IS3139 Software engineering: theory and application
  • IS1168 Introduction to computer systems architecture and programming

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 International Programmes 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.


Last intake in 2016.

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 International 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.

Last intake in 2016.

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

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

Attendance requirement

Local: 75%
International students: 90%


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

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