Graduate Diploma in Finance


Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level


Awarded by
Awarded by

University of London, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time & Part-time, (Full-time, 1 year | Part-time, 1 year)

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Headquarters

Application Dates
Application Dates

Now till 1 Aug 2023 (local and international applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$12,300 to S$12,700

* All fees inclusive of current 7% GST (exclude textbooks / course materials, SIM application fee, preparatory / bridging course fee, and other fees). Fees will be subject to revised GST of 8% effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 9% on 1 Jan 2024. Refer to GST Notes under Fees Tab for more information.

Programme Outline

Awarded & Developed by: University of London, UK and Developed by the Member Institution, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

This programme provides you with an understanding of the ways in which financial intermediaries and institutions operate, how they interplay with the structure and functioning of financial markets. It increases your chance of making it in the financial world.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will:

  1. Understand financial management, risk and the operation of financial markets, based on critical evaluation of theories and empirical evidence.
  2. Understand the major contexts within which banking operates.
  3. Able to evaluate the current and major alternative technical languages and practices of banking and finance.

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme may progress to postgraduate studies either locally or overseas.

With this qualification, you can look forward to employment opportunities in banking, business development, corporate investment, marketing and public service.

Why study at SIM x University of London

SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.
Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM.
Curriculum is by LSE, 4th globally in the 2021 QS World University by Subject Ranking for Accounting and Finance.
Learn more about the University of London

Intake Dates

2023 Sep intake


Sep 2023 to Aug 2024


Now till 1 Aug 2023 (local and international applicants)

Early submission of application is strongly recommended.

Minimum / Maximum period: 

1 year / 5 years 
No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete within the maximum period.



  • Face-to-face lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study.
  • Duration of each lesson is 3 hours.
  • Students will attend classes with those pursuing a Bachelor’s programme at SIM campus.
  • Classes are taught by local faculty, supplemented by webinars by the London School of Economics on the Virtual Learning Environment.
  • Academic materials include Virtual Learning Environment, SIMConnect portal, subject guides, past exam papers and exam commentaries, reading lists and handbooks on good study strategies.
  • Learning support include intensive revision, classes on study skills, academic writing and the Peer-Assisted Learning sessions.
  • Minimum class size to commence is 25 students. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.

For Full-time Programme:

  • Full time 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.
  • Average teacher-student ratio: 1:79

View sample of full-time class schedule (PDF 67 KB)

For Part-time Programme:

  • Classes for part-time programmes are held from 7pm to 10pm on weeknights or 8.30am, 12pm, or 3.30pm on Saturdays. There are occasional classes on Sundays and public holidays.
  • Average teacher-student ratio: 1:46
View a list of lecturers' teaching modules (PDF 405KB)

View sample of part-time class schedule (PDF 20 KB)

Assessment & Attendence

  • Assessment by the University is made up of annual examinations and coursework (for selected modules).
  • Completion of class tests, assignments and preliminary exams are highly encouraged in preparation for the University’s annual exams.
  • Students may have a maximum of 3 attempts for each paper prior to classification.
  • Key dates:
    • SIM Preliminary Exams: Feb 2023
    • University Exams: May – Jun 2023
    • Results released: Mid-Aug 2023
  • Attendance requirement
    • Local: 75%
    • International (Dependent Pass holders/ Long-term Visit Pass holders): 90%

Requirements to Graduate

  • The award of the Graduate Diploma requires successful completion of all 4 full modules.
  • Graduates who do well may be awarded with a Diploma with Distinction or Merit.
  • Grading Scheme:
    • 70-100: Distinction
    • 60-69: Merit
    • 40-59: Pass
    • 0-39: Fail
  • Graduates may participate in the presentation ceremony on SIM campus in April or the University of London (UK) in March.


The programme is made up of 4 full modules. There are no prerequisites or exemptions for each module.

Compulsory modules

  • FN2190 Asset pricing and financial markets
  • FN2191 Principles of corporate finance


Two full modules chosen from:

  • AC2091 Financial reporting
  • AC3093 Auditing and assurance
  • AC3143 Valuation and securities analysis
  • FN2029 Financial intermediation
  • FN3023 Investment management
  • FN3142 Quantitative finance

View module information (PDF 141 KB)

Learn more about selection groups (PDF 659 KB)


Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

  • Applicant must be 21 years old in the year of registration with UOL
  • A 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

University of London 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.

Download the University of London prospectus (PDF 3.4 MB)

Equivalent International Qualifications

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

Other Requirements

GCE ‘O’ level - C6 or better (or its equivalent)

GCE ‘O’ level - C6 or better

Fees & Financial Aid

All fees inclusive of current 7% GST (exclude textbooks / course materials). Fees will be subject to revised GST of 8% effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 9% on 1 Jan 2024.

GST Notes:

  • Fees published are inclusive of current GST of 7%. The parts of fees not invoiced, not paid and where services are not rendered in year 2022 are subject to the new GST rates effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 1 Jan 2024 respectively. Refer to IRAS website here for more details.
  • For invoice generated in 2022 for services to be rendered in 2023, if payment is collected by 2022, 7% GST will apply.
  • For invoice generated in 2022, if the payment is received in 2023 and service is rendered in 2023, 8% GST will apply. Credit note against original invoice and a new invoice bearing 8% GST will be issued.
  • For invoice generated in 2022 and service is rendered in 2022, if payment is collected in 2023 (i.e. late payment), 7% 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

Additional fees apply for those who repeat/resit the coursework/exam and also for those who extend their registration with the University.

Total programme fee: $12,300* 

The breakdown is as follows: 
Payable to SIM 
Programme Fees for Graduate Diploma (4 full modules): $6,848.00

Payable to University of London (UOL) 
UOL Application Fee (One-Time Payment) : £107*
UOL Initial Registration Fee : £1,214*

Payable to RELC Examinations Bureau 
UOL Examination Fee (4 full units) : $3,100*

*This is an estimated amount as UOL fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuation, Singapore taxation and yearly increase.

Total programme fee: $12,700* 

The breakdown is as follow:
Payable to SIM 
Programme Fees for Graduate Diploma (4 full modules): $7,233.20 

Payable to University of London (UOL) 
UOL Application Fee (One-Time Payment) : £107*
UOL Initial Registration Fee : £1,214*

Payable to RELC Examinations Bureau 
UOL Examination Fee (4 full units) : $3,100*

*This is an estimated amount as UOL fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuation, Singapore taxation and yearly increase.

Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST. 

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$96.30

International applicants:
S$481.50 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)