Graduate Diploma in Politics
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?
This programme is suitable for graduates of any discipline who, for professional or personal reasons, wish to secure a stand-alone qualification in politics.
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 politics while developing critical skills for a wide range of real world professional situations.
5 January - *28 June 2017
* Final closing date for international applicants
Next Closing Date for Local Applicants:
19 July 2017
Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.
Events & Programme Briefings
University of London - Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences Programme Briefing
Come join us on Sat Jul 08 18:30:00 SGT 2017, Sat Jul 08 18:30:00 SGT 2017 - Sat Jul 08 20:00:00 SGT 2017, at Blk B, Lecture Theater B.2.04, SIM HQ, 461 Clementi Road, Singapore 599491 ...
Gain a Graduate Diploma in Politics
For those seeking to broaden their knowledge about politics, 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 Comparative Politics. This course encompasses how we form or develop concepts of democratic political institutions and some of the different ways in which democracies can be organized. On top of that, you will also be taught the various aspects of the conditions of democracy, the processes of democratisation and the breakdown of democratic regimes.
Local faculty, with intensive workshops by UK academics.
Lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study
Duration of each lesson in 3 hours.
- 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
- SIM Connect portal
- University materials such as subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies
Classes Sep 2017 – Feb 2018
Revision Mar – Apr 2018
University exams May 2018
Results released in mid-Aug 2018
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:
- PS1130 Introduction to modern political thought OR
- PS1172 Introduction to political science
- PS2082 Comparative politics
- PS3086 Democracy and Democratisation
+One 200 or 300 unit (or two half units) chosen from any Selection group, including any options not already 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
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.
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 : $5,778.00
Payable to University of London (UOL)
UOL Application Fee (One Time Payment) : £88.00
UOL Initial Registration Fee : £874.00
UOL Examination Fee (4 full units) : $2,300.00
Additional UOL and SIM fees apply for those who repeat/resit the coursework/exam and also for those who extend their registration with the University.
Note: This estimated University of London examination fee, payable in S$ 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
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.
Average teacher-student ratio 1:102
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.
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.