Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science

University of London

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Bachelor's Degree,

Awarded by
Awarded by

University of London, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 3 years

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Applications closed

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$28,200 to S$44,000

* All fees inclusive of current 9% GST (exclude textbooks / course materials, SIM application fee, preparatory / bridging course fee, and other fees). Refer to GST Notes under Fees Tab for more information.

Programme Outline

Awarded by the University of London, UK and Developed by federation member, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Creative thinking and novel applications

By studying this programme, it helps to develop your skills in computing with a strong programming and mathematics focus which allow you to create a portfolio of work that you can present to potential employers.

We want you to learn by doing – we’ve got a strong focus on the practical rather than the theoretical. The program is highly hands-on; you will be designing, developing and implementing software solutions since Day 1. Students will learn programming languages such as JavaScript, C++, Node.js and Python among many others.

SIM and the Goldsmiths Department of Computing have collaborated to offer computing programmes locally since 1993. The new programmes, which focus on AI, Web Services and other rapidly rising technologies, will propel Singapore to achieve its dreams of becoming a smart nation and intelligent island.

  • Selected local polytechnic diplomas and SIM IT diploma graduates stand to gain exemptions for up to one year. 
  • Transfer to the London campus at Goldsmiths after one or two years at SIM.

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Learning Outcomes

The classic stereotype of the nerdy, solo, and socially awkward computer scientist is officially a relic of the past. As the economy digitises, technologists are being integrated into the fabric of business. These days attending meetings, presenting at conferences, and sharing ideas with colleagues are as crucial a part of a developer’s work as writing code.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of all the main areas of computer science and also demonstrate the ability to exercise critical judgement in the evaluation of computing applications;
  2. Show problem solving and critical evaluation skills, draw upon supporting evidence and demonstrate a deep understanding of the need for a high quality solution;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to produce a substantial piece of work from problem inception to implementation and documentation.

Further Studies & Career Prospects

The explosive and ever-growing use of technology in business and commerce means that there’s a whole range of different career possibilities for computing graduates. In terms of job opportunities and salaries, the IT sector is well ahead of most other industrial and commercial sectors.

With the BSc Computer Science, you will be qualified for a range of computational and mathematical jobs in the creative industries, business, finance, education, medicine engineering and science. Typical job titles include:

  • Application programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
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Why study at SIM x University of London

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SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.
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Excellent value, with opportunities for overseas study.
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SIM has collaborated with the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths since 1993.
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SIM IT diploma and selected local polytechnic diploma graduates can get exemption up to one year.
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Intake Dates

2024 Apr intake

PROGRAMME DURATION

Apr 2024 to Mar 2027

APPLICATION PERIOD

Applications closed

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.

Minimum / Maximum Candidature Period
Minimum: 3 years (with relevant Recognition of Prior Learning, a minimum of 2 years is possible)
Maximum: 6 years

No refund or recourse should 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.

Curriculum

Structure

  • This programme will run over two semesters each year. Student can study up to four new modules in one semester; or two plus final project.
  • All class are conducted on SIM campus unless otherwise stated.
  • A blended learning approach is adopted. Besides learning via online resources, SIM prepares students for discussion, coursework or project work; face-to-face sessions emphasize on discussions, case studies, and hands-on exercises. In class, the lecturer facilitates discussion and learning. As such, a large amount of time is spent on a mixture of:
    • lectures
    • lab works
    • computer simulation sessions
    • online learning through Coursera platform*
  • Local faculty support from SIM and online academic support from Goldsmiths, University of London.
    View a list of lecturers (PDF 23 KB)
  • Average teacher-student ratio: 1:56
  • Academic materials include:
    • Coursera
    • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
    • SIMConnect portal
    • University materials such as subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies
  • Classes are held in three-hour blocks between Monday and Friday, starting at 8.30am, 12pm, or 3.30pm. There are occasional classes on weeknights at 7pm and weekends.
  • Minimum class size to commence is 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.

* Coursera: The BSc Computer Science (CS) programme is fully developed and taught by the same faculty that teaches on-campus at University of London. The University of London leverages Coursera’s online education platform to deliver the programme curriculum, allowing our students to benefit from Coursera features such as interactive video transcription, in-course note taking, and seamless learning across multiple devices.

At SIM, lecturers guide students to leverage the resources available on Coursera and facilitate the learning that takes place. The supplementary readings, video lectures, assignments, and discussion forums are extensively discussed in class. Students also collaborate on group projects using Zoom and Slack. Students may access all course materials anywhere with the mobile app on Coursera, available on iOS and Android.

Using the mobile app, learners can: (1) Save a week’s worth of content for offline access with one click (2) Save and submit quizzes offline (3) View text transcripts of lecture videos (4) Take notes directly in the app (5) Set reminder alerts to help you make progress.

Assessment & Attendance

  • Modules: Each module, excluding the Final Project, is assessed either by coursework or a combination of coursework and a two-hour unseen written examination.
    • Note: Each coursework element may consist of multiple items of assessment. The pass mark for any element of assessment is 40%.
  • Final Project: The summative assessment for the Final Project consists of both coursework and a written examination, weighted in the ratio 80:20. The written examination consisting of questions relating to your project.
  • Each item of coursework, totalling 80% of the overall mark for the Final Project, is weighted as follows:
 

Summative Assessment

Percentage of Overall Module

Project proposal

Pass / Fail

Progress logs

5%

Preliminary project report

10%

Project presentation video

5%

Final project report and code

60%

  • Attendance requirement
    • Local: 75%
    • International (inclusive of Dependent Pass/Long-term Visit Pass holders): 90%

Requirements to Graduate

  • The award of the BSc (Hons) degree requires successful completion of all modules and final project.
  • Grading Scheme:
    • 70-100: First Class Honours
    • 60-69: Second Upper Class Honours
    • 50-59: Second Lower Class Honours
    • 40-49: Third Class Honours
    • 0-39: Fail
  • A student who does not qualify for honours may be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education in Computing Studies as an exit award.
  • Graduates can attend the April SIM campus ceremony or the March University of London ceremony (UK).

Modules

Each module is assessed either by coursework or a combination of coursework and a two-hour unseen written examination.

Learn the fundamentals: how computers work, how to programme, and more about the mathematics that underpins computer science.

  • CM1005 Introduction to programming I
  • CM1010 Introduction to programming II
  • CM1015 Computational mathematics
  • CM1020 Discrete mathematics
  • CM1025 Fundamentals of computer science
  • CM1030 How computers work
  • CM1035 Algorithms and data structures I
  • CM1040 Web development

Deepen the programming skills to consider software projects and explore specialist topics such as Graphics Programming and Data Science.

  • CM2005 Object oriented programming
  • CM2010 Software design and development
  • CM2015 Programming with data
  • CM2020 Agile software projects
  • CM2025 Computer security
  • CM2030 Graphics programming
  • CM2035 Algorithms and data structures II
  • CM2040 Databases, networks and the web

Study elective modules then undertake a 30 credit project that combines your knowledge and skills to create a software system.

  • CM3005 Data Science
  • CM3010 Databases and advanced data techniques
  • CM3015 Machine learning and neural networks
  • CM3020 Artificial intelligence
  • CM3025 Virtual Reality
  • CM3030 Games Development
  • CM3035 Advanced web development
  • CM3040 Physical computing and internet of things
  • CM3045 3D graphics and animation
  • CM3050 Mobile development
  • CM3055 Interaction design
  • CM3060 Natural language processing
  • CM3065 Intelligent signal processing

PLUS a compulsory project:

  • CM3070 Final project


View module outlines (PDF 141 KB)

View a sample timetable (PDF 16.9 KB)

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Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

General Entrance Requirements (GER) are:

  1. At least 17 years or older by 30 November in the year of registration with UOL
  2. At least equivalent to B4 grade for Mathematics at GCE ‘O’ Level OR pass Numerical Maths module in the bridging programme at SIM
  3. Provide proof of competence in English acceptable to the University, such as a pass (Grade C6 and above) in the GCE ‘O’ Level English Language Examination

PLUS one of the following:

  • Possess diploma awarded by SIM or a polytechnic in Singapore (or its equivalent) OR
  • Two approved GCE ‘A’ or H2 level subjects and three approved GCE ‘O’ level subjects (at not less than grade C) OR
  • Three approved GCE ‘A’ or H2 level subjects and one approved GCE ‘O’ level subject (at not less than grade C) OR
  • Three H2 passes provided that at least grades D,E,E OR
  • Two H2 and two H1 passes; all are in non-overlapping subjects, OR
  • Its equivalent

Equivalent International Qualifications

For information on international qualifications, refer to SIM’s International Student Prospectus.

Other Requirements

English Language Requirements

  • GCE ‘O’ level - C6 or better in English

Alternatively, candidates should have one of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, OR
  • Cambridge English Language 1119 (at grade 6 or better) conducted by University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate OR IGCSE English as a 2nd Language, passed at grade B or above, OR
  • IB Diploma - English at grade 4 or better

Candidates may also take a Test of Proficiency to meet the English Language course requirement, provided they have been awarded within the past three years.

  • TOEFL - a score of 580 (computerised - 237) plus TWE - 4.5, OR
  • Internet based TOEFL - a score of 87, at least 21 in both the reading and writing skills sub-tests, and at least 19 in both the speaking and listening skills sub-tests, OR
  • IELTS – overall score of at least 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four sub-tests

Learn about other UK GCSE equivalents

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the recognition of previously acquired learning which may be awarded if you have previously studied a similar module in the same depth, and you achieved good marks in the corresponding examination.

The qualification must have been obtained within the five years preceding the application for RPL.

For this programme, RPL for 1 year (2 semesters) is granted automatically to students with approved IT qualifications or diplomas. Selected IT diploma graduates will only be exempted if they complete one or two mathematics modules in the bridging course at SIM.*

View eligible exemptions (PDF 418 KB)

*Note: There will be updates in mid-Mar 2024 for automatic RPL granted to students with approved IT qualifications or diplomas. The changes will be applicable for the Oct 2024 intake.

Bridging Courses

All bridging courses are developed and awarded by the Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd, Singapore.

The Bridging Course for Economics, Mathematics and Accounting (EMA) programme at SIM is targeted at relevant diploma holders intending to study a UOL degree in an accelerated mode.

Course Fees: S$850.20 per module, inclusive of 9% GST
Course Dates: January and July

  • Jan 2024 – March 2024, inclusive of final examination
  • July 2024 – August 2024, inclusive of final examination
Applications for EMA Bridging (Jan 2024 Intake) have closed.

Modules offered under this programme are: Numerical Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Economics, Mathematics and Accounting. Applicants of the BSc Computer Science programme whose diplomas meet the requirement to enrol for the bridging course will be automatically invited to attend classes only for either Numerical Mathematics and/or Discrete Mathematics.

The table below describes the two maths modules and the corresponding RPL in the Computer Science programme:
 

Bridging modules

RPL from UOL courses in

What you will study

Numerical Mathematics

CM1015 Computational Mathematics

  1. Number bases, conversion and operations
  2. Sequences and series, recursion, arithmetic and geometric sequences
  3. Modular arithmetic, congruent integers
  4. Angles, triangles and trigonometric relations
  5. Functions, cartesian coordinates, graphs, kinematics
  6. Trigonometric functions
  7. Exponential and logarithmic functions
  8. Limits and differentiation
  9. Algebra, vector and matrices
  10. Combinatorics and probability

Discrete Mathematics

CM1020 Discrete Mathematics

  1. Sets
  2. Boolean Algebra
  3. Propositional Logic
  4. Predicate Logic
  5. Functions
  6. Recursion and Mathematical Induction
  7. Relations
  8. Graphs
  9. Trees
  10. Counting

The average teacher-student ratio is 1:55 for full-time Bridging EMA, and 1:47 for part-time Bridging EMA.

Download a sample timetable (PDF 265 KB)
View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 379 KB)

Notes:

  1. Min 25pax to start the course. The student shall be informed within one month before programme commencement.
  2. All bridging courses are 100% written exams that set and mark by SIM lecturers. 
  3. Students must pass with at least a C grade (40%) in all bridging examinations to qualify for RPL.
  4. Fees do not include textbooks and application fee.

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Fees & Financial Aid

All fees inclusive of current GST of 9% (exclude textbooks / course materials). 

GST Notes:

  • Fees published are inclusive of current GST of 9%. The parts of fees not invoiced, not paid and where services are not rendered in year 2023 are subject to the new GST rates effective on 1 Jan 2024. Refer to IRAS website here for more details.
  • For invoice generated in 2023 for services to be rendered in 2024, if payment is collected by 2023, 8% GST will apply.
  • For invoice generated in 2023, if the payment is received in 2024 and service is rendered in 2024, 9% GST will apply. Credit note against original invoice and a new invoice bearing 9% GST will be issued.
  • For invoice generated in 2023 and service is rendered in 2023, if payment is collected in 2024 (i.e. late payment), 8% still applies.


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

Programme Fees

Estimated Overall Fees

Standard Entry BSc
(22 modules + 1 Final Project for 3 years)

Year 1: S$14,200
Year 2: S$14,000
Year 3: S$14,000

Total programme fee: S$42,200

Standard Entry BSc with exemption from Year 1
(14 modules + 1 Final Project for 2 years)

Year 2: S$14,200
Year 3: S$14,000

Total programme fee: S$28,200

Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees

Payable to SIM

22 modules + 1 Final Project: S$22,366.80
14 modules + 1 Final Project: S$14,911.20

Payable to University of London (UOL)

UOL Application Fee (One-Time Payment): £107
UOL Programme Fee (Band B country, 22 modules + 1 Final Project): £10,392*
UOL Programme Fee (Band B country, 14 modules + 1 Final Project): £6,928*

Payable to UOL Examinations

UOL Examination Fee**

  • BSc, 22 modules + 1 Final Project: S$330
  • BSc, 14 modules + 1 Final Project: S$220

Other Fees Payable to UOL:

  1. UOL module continuation fee (if the module is not completed in the six months study session): £234* (per module)

*These are estimated amounts as UOL fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuations, Singapore taxation and annual increase.
** The UOL examination fee is payable to UOL Examinations and subject to yearly increase.

Estimated Overall Fees

Standard Entry BSc
(22 modules + 1 Final Project for 3 years)

Year 1: S$14,800
Year 2: S$14,600
Year 3: S$14,600

Total programme fee: S$44,000

Standard Entry BSc with exemption from Year 1
(14 modules + 1 Final Project for 2 years)

Year 2: S$14,800
Year 3: S$14,600

Total programme fee: S$29,400

Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees

Payable to SIM

22 modules + 1 Final Project: S$24,328.80
14 modules + 1 Final Project: S$16,219.20

Payable to University of London (UOL)

UOL Application Fee (One-Time Payment): £107
UOL Programme Fee (Band B country, 22 modules + 1 Final Project): £10,392*
UOL Programme Fee (Band B country, 14 modules + 1 Final Project): £6,928*

Payable to UOL Examinations

UOL Examination Fee**

  • BSc, 22 modules + 1 Final Project: S$330
  • BSc, 14 modules + 1 Final Project: S$220

Other Fees Payable to UOL:

  1. UOL module continuation fee (if the module is not completed in the six months study session): £234* (per module)

*These are estimated amounts as UOL fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuations, Singapore taxation and annual increase.
** The UOL examination fee is payable to UOL Examinations and subject to yearly increase.

Mandatory Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Student Development Fee

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.

S$512.30

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 fee's first instalment.

S$436.00

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$98.10

International applicants: S$490.50 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)