Bachelor of Science (Honours) Business Management with Communications (Top-up)

University of Birmingham

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Bachelor's Degree, Double Major, Top-up

Awarded by
Awarded by

University of Birmingham, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 2 years

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Preparatory Course - Now till 28 Feb 2023 (for int'l applicants) / 12 Mar 2023 (for local applicants) | Direct Entry - Now till 21 May 2023 (for local and int'l)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$41,206.32 to S$44,838.36

* Exclude application fee, preparatory or bridging course fee, and other fees. Refer to the Fees & Financial Aid section for details.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Business Management with Communications (Top-up), University of Birmingham

Programme Outline

Awarded and developed by: University of Birmingham, UK

Gaining business and communication skills

The growth of social media and other public relations tools has had a huge impact on how organisations market themselves.

The programme combines a broad-based business education with a strong marketing and communications theme, emphasising the importance of relationships between businesses and the communities they operate in.

It provides a good balance between theoretical underpinning and development of practical communication skills for students who wish to work in any business role where communications is key, including Public Relations, Marketing Communications or in communications related industries.

You will be required to undertake an Advanced Communications Practice (Placement) in Year 3.

  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence, with a membership community of over 120,000.
  • Through the University’s partnership with CMI, all final year SIM-Birmingham business students will be eligible for CMI membership and have access to its resources to support their studies.

Why a Bachelor’s from University of Birmingham?

  • Degrees are of the same standings and standards as those awarded in the UK
  • Long tradition and established track record of teaching business and management
  • Established international reputation of the University and the Business School
  • Research led – cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching
  • International syllabus with a focus on the issues of globalisation
  • Dedicated staff who provide continuous support for your studies
  • Join the alumni community of more than 300,000 graduates. From television and sport to research and government, the University has outstanding alumni across all sectors.



Learning Outcomes

You will:

  1. Gain insights into business, management practice and marketing communications on a national and global scale
  2. Develop an appreciation and understanding of current business and marketing communications practices
  3. Develop valuable work skills and experience through practical training to help you prepare for or develop your career
  4. Build a breadth of knowledge in a wide range of business topics
  1. Have the opportunity to combine academic theory and practical skills in a written dissertation
  2. Develop research skills and critical thinking through debates and discussions

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Birmingham’s business degrees have long been recognised by major employees across all sectors of the economy.

The programme is continuously updated to reflect the latest thinking in business education, providing rigorous academic training with practical relevance. Graduates can find employment across all sectors of the economy.

Graduates are exposed to job opportunities in global PR, Marketing, Corporate Communications, Event Management, Video Production, Social Media and Consultancy based companies.

SIM-Birmingham business students upon graduation will receive an additional Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership. This qualification is a recognition of graduates’ key skills and competencies as future effective managers. With one-year free CMI membership post-graduation, graduates will be another step closer towards achieving the Chartered Manager status.

Graduates may further their studies to attain a postgraduate qualification from universities around the world.

To pursue a Master’s qualification with University of Birmingham, you will require at least an upper second class award. The University of Birmingham currently offers a suite of postgraduate taught programmes in SIM:

Master of Science

  • Financial Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management: Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Management: Organisational Leadership and Change
  • Management: Strategy

For the full list of postgraduate programmes offered on the University’s UK home campus, please visit their website.

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Intake Dates

Jul 2023 intake


10 Apr 2023 – 30 Jun 2023 (Preparatory Course in Business, if required)
10 July 2023 – 30 Jun 2025 (main)


Preparatory Course - Now till 28 Feb 2023 (Int'l applicants); 12 Mar 2023 (local applicants)
Direct Entry - Now till 21 May 2023 (Local & Int'l applicants)

  • If you are currently serving National Service (NS) and you are unable to complete your NS by programme induction and commencement, please contact SIM GE for further advice before application submission. 

  • Induction will be held during the week before the commencement date above.  

  • Date & period is subject to change by the University. 

View sample academic schedule

Maximum candidature: 4 years

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.



  • A structured curriculum delivered over two years through classroom learning. There are three study blocks in a year and each study block spans across four months.
  • Fully taught by Birmingham academics from the UK home campus to ensure equivalent academic inputs to the Singapore programme.
  • Weekly schedule: Monday to Friday over three time slots: 8:30am/ 12pm/ 3:30pm. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required.
  • Depending on the module, lessons are conducted typically 3 to 6 hours per day over a two-week period.
  • A 20-credit module is typically equivalent to 200 hours of study with 60 hours of class contact and 140 hours of self-study. Self-study includes revision, coursework and exam preparation.
  • Students are expected to have access to a simple video-capable camera for recording material which can then be edited (using their own laptop software). Students will also work in small group workshops to learn how to produce podcasts and video for the Web.
  • Exemptions: Nil
  • Average teacher-student ratio – 1:150
  • Minimum class size to commence: 30 students
  • If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.
  • All classes are conducted on SIM campus, unless otherwise stated.

Lecturers’ Teaching Modules

Assessment & Attendence

  • Local and international students: 100% attendance rate
  • Year 2 progression to Year 3: Obtain 100 credits from Year 2  
  • Modes of assessment: Varies module to module which can include written exams, coursework or a combination of both.  
  • Coursework includes written assignments, in-class tests, presentations, projects, etc. Some coursework may be group-based.
  • End-of-study block main exams are normally held in October and February.
  • The 20-credit Advanced Communications Practice (Placement) taught component is assignment-based and does not involve an examination.
  • Assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

Requirements to Graduate

  • Overall result weightage calculation: 25% (Year 2) + 75% (Year 3)  
  • To achieve Honours, students must obtain 200 out of 240 credits. 100 of these credits must be from each year of the programme.
  • A degree congregation presided by University of Birmingham is annually held in November on SIM campus. Alternatively, graduates may choose to attend the ceremony in July or December in the UK.  
  • The awarded degree and degree certificate, is the same as that awarded in the UK, i.e., Bachelor of Science (Honours) Business Management with Communications.  


The modules offered are pre-determined by the University.

One-third of the programme is devoted to communications modules, whilst two-thirds are general business modules.

Core Modules

  • Creative Campaign Production
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Public Relations and Reputations Management
  • Research Methods and Business Analytics
  • Responsible Business: Theory and Practice

Electives (select one module)

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Event Management and Destination Marketing
  • International Economics and Financial Decision Making
  • Managing Operations and Projects

Core Modules

  • Advanced Communications Practice (Placement)
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Global Communication
  • Strategic Management
  Elective 1 (select one module)
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Managerial Finance
  Elective 2 (select one module)
  • Fundamentals of Leadership
  • Globalisation, Innovation and Competitiveness

Download module details for intakes from 2021:

Download module details for intakes before 2021:

Note: The modules listed here and on the University’s website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.


Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

Applicants must obtain an average Grade B and may be required for interview before admission.

All admissions (direct & non-direct entries) are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the University.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE ‘O’ Level; or
  • IELTS 6.5 overall (at least 6.0 in each band); or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 59 in all four skills; or
  • TOEFL 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing; or
  • Successful completion of a recognised approved diploma, where the language of instruction was English.

Preparatory Course in Business (If Applicable)

Developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore.

Applicants with non-business related diplomas or with suitable qualifications will be required to complete and pass a three-month Preparatory Course in Business for entry into the degree programme.

2023 Intake: 10 Apr 2023 to 30 Jun 2023 (subject to change)

The preparatory course, comprising three modules, will cover foundation concepts which prepares students for undergraduate study with University of Birmingham.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing

View preparatory module synopses (PDF 126 KB)


  • University of Birmingham may require students to complete a minimum of one and up to a maximum of three modules.
  • Mode of delivery: Blended learning, a combination of face-to-face lectures and e-learning components
  • Assessments: Either by written exams, coursework^ or a combination of both
  • Written exams are typically held at the end of the preparatory course in May/June. These exams may take place on weekday mornings and there are no re-sits.
  • Class duration: Face-to-face lectures typically 3 to 6 hours a day. Some lessons may also take place on weekday evenings and Saturdays if required.
  • Average teacher-student ratio – 1:40
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 71 KB)
  • Minimum class size to commence – 25
  • If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.
  • Maximum candidature: 3 months, there will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period
  • Attendance requirement:
    • Local students – at least 75% rate
    • International students – at last 90% rate


A certificate of completion will be awarded upon successfully passing the Preparatory Course in Business.

^ Coursework may include in-class tests, assignments, online quizzes etc.


Fees and Financial Aid

All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST and payable before course/term commencement (exclude textbooks). Valid for 2023 intake.

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500) and cheques. 

Programme Fees 

Preparatory Course in Business* (if applicable)
S$702.00 per module

* Fees are inclusive of 8% GST and are payable in full before course commencement. Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% effective on 1 Jan 2024. Fees do not include textbook. 

Bachelor’s Programme*

  • Local students – S$41,206.32 
  • International students – S$44,838.36

* Fees are inclusive of 8% GST and are payable in six instalments based on the number of module credits undertaken in a term. Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% effective on 1 Jan 2024. Fees are payable before term commencement and do not include textbooks. Fees inclusive of additional workshop costs and production support for webcast production.

Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee

A one-time payment applicable to all students embarking on a full-time Diploma or Undergraduate programme at SIM. This fee goes towards activities that will help in students’ personal growth and equip them with functional skills that enhance their employability.

Payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


International Student Induction Fee

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants: S$97.20

International applicants: S$486.00 (not inclusive of all fees related to Student’s Pass application)