Graduate Diploma in International Relations
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.
Who is this programme for?
For those seeking to broaden their knowledge about politics and in the field of International relations, this programme would provide you with a good grasp of world affairs and politics. This programme will provide you with an introduction to the fundamental concepts and theories to analyze world politics. In addition to that, what this course will also cover are such topics like Foreign Policy Analysis, where you will gain insights on how foreign policy decisions are made and what influences these decisions, as well as Security in International Relations, where you will learn to apply IR theories in formulating a deeper understanding of security issues in the international political realm.
Gain a Graduate Diploma in International Relations
The programme is suitable for graduates of any discipline who, for professional or personal reasons, wish to secure a stand-alone qualification in international relations.
It is also ideal for those who wish to undertake postgraduate work and whose first degree is in an unrelated field.
It aims to provide a thorough grounding in the principles of international relations while developing critical skills for a wide range of real world professional situations.
Local faculty, with intensive workshops by UK academics.
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.
- 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.
- Virtual Learning Environment
- SIMConnect portal
- University materials such as subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies
Classes / Sept 2019 – Feb 2020
SIM Preliminary Exams / Feb 2020
Revision / Mar – Apr 2020
University Exams / May 2020
Results released / Mid-Aug 2020
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 units (including at least one 300 unit) chosen from:
- IR1011 Introduction to international relations
- IR2085 International organisations
- IR2137 Foreign policy analysis
- IR3026 International political economy
- IR3083 International political theory
- IR3140 Security in international relations
+One 300 unit chosen from any Selection group, including any unit not selected above
- 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
Note: Changes in Mathematics requirement will be introduced in 2018.
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.
Click here for information on overseas qualifications
Estimated Overall Fees
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
4 full units : $6,014.00
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.
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.
Average teacher-student ratio 1:91
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.
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
Student's Pass holders: 90%
Graduates of the UOL Programmes may progress to postgraduate studies either locally or overseas.