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

University of Birmingham

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Bachelor's Degree, Single Major, Top-up

Awarded by
Awarded by

University of Birmingham, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time & Part-time, (Full-time & Part-time, 2 years | Part-time study not open for applications)

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Preparatory Course – Now till 31 January 2024 | Direct Entry – Now till 10 March 2024 (for local and international applicants).

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$37,065.60 to S$41,212.80

* 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 (Top-up), University of Birmingham

Programme Outline

Awarded and developed by: University of Birmingham, UK

Progression business skillset with strong demand by employers

Every business needs effective management to flourish. From marketing, accounting to human resources, the programme develops you with the tools and expertise to understand the changing world of business on a national and global scale.

This core degree combines the latest research and practices with the philosophy that future leaders of industry need a sound and broad-based business education. Through a combination of academic theory and practical work, you will develop critical thinking skills as you and your peers share views, debate and discuss.

This programme is 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 and management practice on a national and global scale 
  2. Develop an appreciation and understanding of current business practices to help you prepare for or develop your career  
  3. Build a breadth of knowledge in a wide range of business areas
  4. Have the opportunity to combine academic theory and practical work in a written dissertation
  5. 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. Likely employment sectors include retail management, financial services, accountancy, manufacturing, management consultancy and others.

SIM-Birmingham business students upon graduation will receive an additional 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

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

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Why study at SIM x University of Birmingham

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University of Birmingham ranked 84th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2024).
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Gold rating for outstanding teaching and learning in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017-2020).
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Intake Dates (Full-time)

Jul 2024 intake


15 Apr 2024 – 30 Jun 2024 (Preparatory Course in Business, if required)
8 July 2024 – 30 Jun 2026 (Main Programme)


Preparatory Course - Now till 31 January 2024 (Local & International applicants).
Direct Entry - Now till 10 March 2024 (Local & International 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. 
  • 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. 

Intake Dates (Part-time)

Jul 2023 intake


Not open for applications


Not open for applications

Dates are subject to change by the University. Induction will be held during the week before the commencement date above.

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.
  • 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, assignment writing and exam preparation.
  • Exemptions: Nil
  • Minimum class size to commence: 30 student
    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.
Full-time Programme:
  • Average teacher-student ratio – 1:150
Lecturers' Teaching Modules
For intakes from 2021
For intakes before 2021
  • 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.
Part-time Programme (Not open for applications):
  • Average teacher-student ratio – 1:30
  • Lessons are conducted on weekday evenings and weekends of 3 to 7.5 hours per day on SIM campus.
    • Mon – Fri: 7pm to 10pm
    • Sat – Sun: 9am to 5.30pm

Assessment & Attendance

  • 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. 
  • Assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.

For Full-time Programme:

  • End-of-study block main exams are normally held in October and February.

For Part-time Programme (Not open for applications):

  • Assessments generally follow the term in which the modules are delivered in.

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. 


The modules offered are pre-determined by the University. 

All modules are 20 credits except for Dissertation, which is 40 credits. 

Core Modules

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International Economics and Financial Decision Making
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Methods and Business Analytics
  • Responsible Business: Theory and Practice

Electives (select one module)

  • Event and Festival Management
  • Managing Operations and Projects

Core Modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing
  • Dissertation
  • Fundamentals of Leadership
  • Strategic Management

Electives (select one module)

  • International Human Resource Management
  • Managerial Finance
  • Crisis Management
  • Globalisation, Innovation and Competitiveness

Download module details for intakes from 2021:

Note: The modules listed here and on the University’s website may occasionally be subject to change to ensure consistency with the UK programme. In such a scenario, you will be informed of any changes. 

Students are required to own a laptop equipped with at least Microsoft Windows 10 or Apple MacOS Catalina (10.15) and 8GB RAM (recommended).


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 
  • 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 Required)

Developed and awarded by SIM, Singapore.

2024 Intake (Full-time)
Programme Duration: 15 Apr 2024 – 30 Jun 2024*
Application Period: Now till 31 Jan 2024* (Local & International applicants)

*Dates are subject to change

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.

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
  • Assessment: 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.
  • 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

For Full-time Programme:

  • 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
  • Attendance requirement: 
    • Local students – at least 75% attendance rate
    • International students – at least 90% attendance rate

For Part-time Programme (Not open for applications):

  • Class duration: Face-to-face lectures typically 3 hours a day. Some lessons may also take place on Saturdays, typically 3 to 6 hours a day.
  • Average teacher-student ratio: 1:20
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 71 KB)
  • Minimum class size: 20
  • Attendance requirement: At least 75% attendance 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 2024 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 (Full-time) – S$37,065.60
  • International students (Full-time) – S$41,212.80

* 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. 

Note: Part-time study not open for applications.

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, this is 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)