Programmes

Graduate Diploma in Data Science

Full-time

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.

 


Course Start Date & End Date

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

Fee

S$10,400.00 (est.) for one year

Application Fee applies

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

 

Application

Application for 2019/2020 intake will open in January 2019.

 


Introduction

This diploma prepares graduates for a quantitative career in data science. Developed by LSE, it will enable you to become a competent and confident data modeller and interpreter, assisting management to make data-driven decisions.
 

Studying this diploma, you will understand:
1) The techniques and subject matter of theoretical statistics and machine learning.
2) How to perform independent data analysis: selecting appropriate statistical methods for a given situation and drawing appropriate conclusions following empirical analysis to form the basis of managerial decision-making.
3) How to use statistical software to analyse datasets.

 


 

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 the Peer-Assisted Learning sessions.

Academic Materials

  • 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

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.

Curriculum  

Compulsory courses
IS2184 Information systems management
ST3189 Machine learning

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Two full units from: (Only can choose one unit iwht the prefix IS)
EC2020 Elements of econometrics
ST2187 Business analytics, applied modelling and prediction
ST2133 Advanced statistics: distribution theory (half course)
ST2134 Advanced statistics: statistical inference (half course)
ST3188 Statistical methods for market research
IS2182 Innovating digital systems and services
IS3159 Research project in digital innovation
IS3167 Management and innovation of e-business
IS3183 Management and social media
    
 

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 English - grade C or C6 and above or its equivalent
  • GCE ‘O’ level Mathematics - grade C or C6 and above or its equivalent

Note: Changes in Mathematics requirement will be introduced in 2018.

* Algebra, Algorithms, Business Mathematics, Business Statitics, Calculus, Computer Mathematics, Differentials, Engineering Mathematics, Geometry, Mathematics, Quantitative Methods, Quantitative Techniques, Statistics or Trigonometry.

University of London graduates from the same range of degrees under the academic direction of LSE cannot be considered 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.
 

Profiles

Details to be advised at a later date.

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%

Graduation

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

 

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