School: SIM Global Education in Partnership with University of London (UOL), UK

Course: Graduate Diploma in Banking

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.

Who is this programme for?

This diploma is ideal for those with general qualifications who are currently working in banks and financial institutions. It also serves as a platform for those who wish to broaden their perspectives and upgrade their skills in the banking and financial sectors.

Awarded by:

Course Start Date & End Date

September 2016 – June 2017 (PT/FT) inclusive of UOL Final Examination


Opening doors to a banking career

The programme is your career pathway to the banking and financial industry.

With this qualification, you can look forward to opening doors in banking, and related careers such as corporate investment, financial consultancy and fund management.

Programme Structure

Teaching Faculty

Lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study

Duration of each lesson in 3 hours.

Delivery Mode

Lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study

Duration of each lesson in 3 hours.

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 2016 – Feb 2017
Revision Mar – Apr 2017
University exams May 2017
Results released in mid-Aug 2017

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.

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.


One compulsory unit:

FN1024 Principles of Banking and Finance


Two units chosen from:

  • AC3059 Financial management or FN3092 Corporate finance
  • AC3093 Auditing and assurance
  • AC3143 Valuation and securities analysis
  • FN2029 Financial intermediation
  • FN3023 Investment management
  • AC3091 Financial reporting
  • FN3142 Quantitative finance


One 200 or 300 unit (or two half-units) chosen from any of the Selection groups, including any of those units not already selected above.

Admission Criteria

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.

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.

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.

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