Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Data Science and Business Analytics
As the world becomes ever more data-driven, analytical skills are in high demand but very short supply. Few companies are exploiting quantitative techniques to their full potential, often due to a lack of in-house expertise. By pursuing undergraduate level study in data science and business analytics, graduates will be highly sought-after by employers as the race to gain a competitive edge in the data arena intensifies. From asset management to pharmaceuticals, retail to insurance, the future is bright for any aspiring data scientist.
This degree will provide a broad introduction to the techniques and subject matter of applied statistics and machine learning to train students to perform independent data analysis. Students will be able to discuss which statistical methods are appropriate in a given situation as well as the merits and limitations of a particular method. They will be taught to demonstrate statistical software to analyse datasets and interpret the output, using a variety of algorithmic and model-based methods. It is important for graduates to learn to draw appropriate conclusions following empirical analysis and form the basis for managerial decision-making.
Students will have exposure to a mixture of R and SPSS in the three new statistics courses (ST2187, ST3188 and ST3189).
Possible jobs for graduates of the BSc Data Science and Business Analytics would be Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Business Analyst, Data Engineer.
Possible employers in Singapore would be SAP, banks like DBS, Standard Chartered, AXA, Siemens, Dyson, Singtel, StarHub.
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. Classes for part-time programmes are held from 7pm to 10pm on weeknights 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.
- 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.
- 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
Year 1 classes / Aug 2019 – Feb 2020 (local students)
Year 1 classes / Sep 2019 – Feb 2020 (international students)
Year 1 classes / Sep 2019 – Feb 2020 (with exemptions)
Year 2/3 classes / Sep 2019 – Feb 2020
SIM Preliminary Exams / Feb 2020
Revision / Mar – Apr 2020
University Exams / May 2020
Results released / Mid-Aug 2020
Minimum / Maximum period:
Standard BSc (Hons) (12 units) 3 years / 6 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.
At SIM, students who are academically weak and find it difficult to progress or complete the programme within the minimum duration will receive counselling.
SIM reserves the right to recommend and withdraw a student who cannot cope with the demands of the programme, especially when the student’s pass has expired.
Minimum Class Size
Minimum class size to commence: 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.
Standard Entry Route:
The minimum duration of this programme is 3 years. It has 12 full units:
- # EC1002 Introduction to economics
- ST104A Statistics 1 (half unit) and **ST104B Statistics 2 (half unit)
- MT1173 Algebra
- MT1174 Calculus
200 and 300 units
- IS2184 Information systems management
- ST2187 Business analytical, applied modelling and prediction (ST104A) + (MT105A or MT1174)
- ST2133 Advanced statistics: distribution theory (half unit) (ST104A + ST104B) + (MT105A+ MT105B or MT1174) and
ST 2134 Advanced statistics: statistical inference (half unit) (ST104A + ST104B) + (MT105A + MT105B or MT1174)
- ^EC2020 Elements of econometrics (EC1002 + ST104A) + (MT105A or MT1174) or MT2116 Abstract mathematics (MT105A + MT105B) or (MT1174)
- ST3188 Statistical methods for market research (ST104A)
- ST3189 Machine learning (ST104A + ST104B) + (MT105A + MT105B or MT1174)
- One 300 course (or two half courses) from the following:
- IR3026 International political economy (EC1002 or IR1011)
- IS3167 Management and innovation of e-business
- *One 100, 200, 300 unit (or two half units) from any Selection Group
#EC1002 Introduction to Economics must be taken after or at the same time as MT1174 and ST104A Statistics 1
* APL awarded from one named or unnamed 100 unit can be placed here.
**ST104B Statistics 2 must be taken after or at the same time as ST104A Statistics 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.
Graduate Entry route is not available.
Bridging is not recommended for candidates applying to this degree.
This degree is recommended only if you have scored well in Mathematics at GCE ‘A’ level or the equivalent.
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
- This degree is recommended only if you have scored well in Mathematics at GCE ‘A’ level* or the equivalent.
- 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 with Merit passes in Mathematics and Statistics
- 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 at Higher Level grade 4 or better or Standard Level grade 5 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
- 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
** SIM Diploma student / graduate is required to take up the SIM Bridging Course for Mathematics and pass the examination (40% to pass) before the enrollment.
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
International students who wish to pursue the BSc Data Science and Business Analytics degree are strongly encouraged to apply for the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences (CHESS) (see Option D), as this qualification is equivalent to the first year of the BSc degree programme. After one year of studies in the CHESS (Option D), candidates will articulate into Year 2 of the BSc Data Science and Business Analytics.
Estimated Overall Fees
Standard Entry BSc (12 units for 3 years)
Year 1 : $10,500.00
Year 2 : $9,300.00
Year 3 : $9,300.00
Total course fee : $29,100.00
Graduate Entry BSc (9 units for 2 years)
Year 1 : $10,500.00
Year 2 : $11,500.00
Total course fee : $22,000.00
Graduate Entry BSc (9 units for 3 years)
Year 1 : $8,300.00
Year 2 : $7,000.00
Year 3 : $7,000.00
Total course fee : $22,300.00
Standard Entry BSc with exemption from 4 full units (8 units for 2 years)
Year 2 : $10,400.00
Year 3 : $9,300.00
Total course fee: $19,700.00
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)
Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees
Payable to SIM
Programme Fees for BSc (Honours)
12 full units : $18,041.00
9 full units : $13,531.00
8 full units : $12,027.00
Payable to University of London (UOL)
UOL Application Fee (One Time Payment) : £92.00
UOL Initial Registration Fee (Year 1) : £935.00
UOL Continuing Registration Fee (Year 2 and 3) : £427.00
UOL Examination Fee
BSc, 12 full units : $7,730.00
BSc, 9 full units : $5,750.00
BSc, 8 full units: $5,100.00
Additional UOL and SIM fees apply for those who repeat/resit the coursework/exam and also for those who extend their registration with the University.
Note: This estimated University of London examination fee, payable in S$ 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.
Scholarships and Awards
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
APL is the recognition of previously acquired learning which can be mapped against particular learning outcomes of units within a programme. APL may be awarded if you have previously studied a similar subject in the same depth, at degree level, and you achieved good marks in the corresponding examination. A student who is awarded APL for a specific unit is considered to be exempted from this unit.
The qualification on which your APL is based must have been obtained within the five years preceding the application. Candidates must have completed all coursework and assessment for their Diploma course before they embark on the bridging programme.
There will be only one intake/year, which is held in May/June.
Applicants for the following degrees are not recommended to apply for APL as completing the EC1002 Introduction to Economics and MT105A Mathematics 1 (half unit) modules will help prepare students for the rigour of advanced economics, where appropriate.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in:
• Economics and Finance
• Economics and Politics
• International Relations
• Mathematics and Economics
Qualifications that do not qualify for automatic exemption will require an exemption application fee of £93 per full unit or £47 per half unit. For the bridging courses listed below which meet the UOL automatic exemption requirement, no exemption application fee is needed.
1) SIM Bridging Course in Economics
The course provides the fundamentals of economic analysis through the use of economics’ models and applications. It uses a more analytical, in-depth and rigorous approach than is done at diploma level. The lecturer will assume that students have studied both macroeconomics and microeconomics in their diploma prior to this 16-session programme.
2) SIM Bridging Course in Mathematics
This 12-session programme is targeted at business diploma holders from SIM and the polytechnics who wish to demonstrate competence in mathematics so that they may be exempted from MT105A Mathematics 1 (half unit) in the University of London degree programme. These candidates usually have an existing APL for ST104A Statistics 1 (half unit) based on their diploma.
• Fees for each bridging course will be S$642 (Fees are inclusive of prevailing GST. Fees do not include textbooks and application charges.)
3) Bridging Course for Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences (EMFSS)
This new bridging course has been introduced for 2018. It is targeted at non-business polytechnic diploma holders who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and who intend to study for a UOL degree at an accelerated rate. These candidates do not qualify for the SIM Bridging Course in Economics or SIM Bridging Course in Mathematics which is meant for business diploma graduates.
Bridging EMFSS modules and their corresponding APL:
Note: Students are required to enroll for all the modules (maximum of two full units). This course is run full-time only.
Sample timetable for 3) Bridging Course for Economics, Management, Finance and Social Sciences (EMFSS)
For more information, click here.
• Fees for the Bridging course for EMFSS will be S$3,852 for two full units (Fees are inclusive of prevailing GST. Fees do not include textbooks and application charges.)
Average teacher-student ratio for full-time – 1:94
Assessment & Exams
Completion of class tests, assignments and preliminary exams is highly encouraged in preparation for the University’s annual exams.
Exams accounts for 100% grading, except for some units where coursework is assessed by the University.
Units with coursework:
IS2184 Information systems management (Coursework 40%, 3-hour Examination 60%)
IS2187 Business analytics, applied modelling and prediction (Coursework 30%, 2-hour Examination 70%)
ST3188 Statistical methods for market research (Coursework 30%, 2-hour Examination 70%)
ST3189 Machine learning (Coursework 30%, 2-hour Examination 70%)
Successful completion of 12 units is required to qualify for the degree. The 200 and 300 units normally carry more weight than the 100 units.
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 before they attempt Level 200/300 units.
- A pass in a unit shall not be eligible for a re-sit.
- Failure in a unit shall be eligible to be repeated / re-sit in the exam up to a maximum of 3 attempts for each paper.
Student's Pass holders: 90%
The award of the BSc (Hons) degree requires successful completion of all 12 units.
Graduates may opt to 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.