Postgraduate Diploma in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

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Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level

Postgraduate/Masters,

Awarded by
Awarded by

University of London, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Part-time, 1.5 years

Campus location
Campus location

SIM Headquarters

Application Dates
Application Dates

Apply now till 31 July 2023 (local and international applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$26,750

* 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 by the University of London, UK and Developed by the Member Institution, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

The programme aims to give the students the fundamental knowledge and practical skills needed to design, build and apply AI systems in their chosen area of specialisation.  Data science and artificial intelligence spans across multiple research disciplines aiming to create skills needed for the digital economy.

Students will develop skills in specialist areas with clear applications in industry, including data mining, pattern recognition and machine learning.

Prerequisite(s)

  • Candidates entering this programme via Entry Route 2, are required to complete an online preparatory course. For details, go to the Admission Criteria section.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and assess a range of AI techniques used in data analytics.
  2. Apply knowledge and practical skills needed to design, build and apply AI systems.
  3. Develop skills with clear applications for data mining, pattern recognition & machine learning.
  4. Gain valuable skills in advanced data processing.

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Graduates may further their studies in MSc in Data Science in Artificial Intelligence at SIM or in the institutions around the world (subject to its admission criteria) upon completion of this programme.

There is a need for AI talents to serve the industry and to drive future research. These skills lead naturally to embarking on a variety of careers, with employers from leading technology firms, robotics, military, academia, and public research sector.

Graduates can see themselves working as software developers and engineers, programmers and data analysts; other variety of specialisms, from fraud detection to spacecraft control; and other wide range of AI-related industrial and academic posts.

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Intake Dates

2023 Oct intake

PROGRAMME DURATION

Oct 2023 to Mar 2025

APPLICATION PERIOD

Apply now till 31 July 2023

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.

Programme Calendar
(Per Semester)

  • Study Period: Week 1 – 21
  • Coursework 1 due: Week 6 or 7
  • Coursework 2 due: Week 13 or 14
  • Revision: Week 21
  • Exams: Week 22

 
Candidature Period
Minimum: 2 years (depends on the University’s availability of modules)
Maximum: 5 years

No refund or recourse should the student fail to complete within the maximum period.

Curriculum

Structure

  • All classes are conducted on SIM campus unless otherwise stated.
  • Duration of each lesson is 3 hours. All lectures will be recorded and made available to students.
  • Programme comprises the following activities.
    • Lectures
    • Online self-study
    • Workshops
    • Consultations
  • Classes are taught by local faculty from SIM.
    View a list of lecturers’ teaching modules (PDF 531 KB)
  • Average teacher-student ratio: 1:18
  • There must be a minimum of 25 students for the programme to commence. Students will be informed within one month prior to class commencement if the programme fails to commence due to low take up rate.

Assessment & Attendence

  • A recommended rate of 75% attendance is to be maintained.
  • Assessment by the University is made up of coursework and examination (for selected modules).

Module Type

Element of assessment

Element weighting

Requirement to pass the module

Core Modules

Coursework I

30% or 50%

A mark of at least 50% in both elements of assessment.

 

Coursework II / *Written examination

70% or 50%

Compulsory Modules

Coursework I

30% or 50%

A mark of at least 50% in both elements of assessment.

 

Coursework II / *Written examination

70% or 50%

Optional Modules

Coursework I

30% or 50%

A mark of at least 50% in both elements of assessment.

 

Coursework II / *Written examination

70% or 50%

*The written examination is three hours in length. It comprises three sections with a mix of qualitative and quantitative questions in total.

Requirements to Graduate

  • The award of the postgraduate diploma requires successful completion of all 8 modules.
  • Grading Scheme:
    • 70-100: Distinction
    • 60-69: Merit
    • 50-59: Pass
    • 0-49: Fail
  • Graduates may choose to participate in the presentation ceremony on SIM campus in April or at the University of London (UK) in March.

Modules

The Postgraduate Diploma in Data Science is a 120-credit programme. A student must complete:

  • Four core modules (60 credits total)
  • Two compulsory modules (30 credits total)
  • Two optional modules (30 credits total)

(Must pass all assessment elements)

Module Title

Credits

Big Data Analysis

15

Data Programming in Python

15

Statistics and Statistical Data Mining

15

Machine Learning

15

Module Title

Credits

Data Science Research Topics

15

Data Visualisation

15

(Choose any two)

Module Title

Credits

Artificial Intelligence

15

Blockchain Programming

15

Financial Data Modelling

15

Mathematics of Financial Markets

15

Natural Language Processing

15

Neural Networks

15


View module descriptions (PDF 44 KB) 
View a sample timetable (PDF 25 KB) 

*Rules for Compensation 
The university will allow compensation for an assessment element within optional modules if: 

  • the mark awarded for one of the assessment element is between 45%-49%; AND 
  • the mark for the other assessment elements is sufficient to produce an overall combined weighted pass mark for the module 

The university will NOT allow compensation for any assessment element within core modules. 

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Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

Entry Route 1  
Applicants must have the following:

  • A full UK second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in a *relevant subject from an institution acceptable to the University of London

Entry Route 2 (only available for April intake)
If applicants do not meet the Route 1 academic requirements, their applications may be considered based on the following

  • A full UK second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in any subject from an institution acceptable to the University of London; AND
  • Complete and pass an **online preparatory course, MOOC via Coursera platform. There is no entry test requirement for the MOOC course. However, there will be assessment during and at the end of the MOOC course.

*The subjects that would be considered as relevant are: Computing, Data Science, Computer Science, Business Computing, Games Programming, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics and statistics, Finance, Marketing and Finance.

**Students should sign up with Coursera at least 3 months before the intended intake. Do aim to have the results at least one month before the application intake is closed. While completing the MOOC course, student may submit an SIM application.

English Language Requirements

GCE ‘O’ Level, min Grade C6 in English or its equivalent

Exemptions

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the recognition of previously acquired learning which can be mapped against particular learning outcomes of modules within a programme. RPL may be awarded if you have previously studied a similar module in the same depth, at degree level, and you achieved good marks in the corresponding examination. A student who is awarded RPL for a specific module is considered to be exempted from the module.

The qualification on which your RPL is based must have been obtained within the five years preceding the application. Candidates must have completed all coursework and assessment for their course.

Qualifications eligible for exemption and their corresponding RPL:

Qualification from Singapore Polytechnic

RPL from UOL courses in

  1. Specialist Diploma in Data Science (AI)
  2. Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Big Data and Streaming Analytics)
  3. Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Data Analytics)
  4. Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Predictive Analytics)
  1. DSM020 Data Programming in Python*
  2. DSM050 Data Visualisation**


Notes:

* Provided the candidate has successfully completed the module IT8701 Programming for Data Science

** Provided the candidate has successfully completed one of the modules:

  • IT8701 Programming for Data Science
  • MS9001 Statistics for Data Science
  • IT8302 Applied Machine Learning

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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

Estimated overall fees for 8 modules: S$26,750*

The breakdown is as follows:

Payable to SIM
SIM programme fee: S$18,832

Payable to University of London (UOL)

  • UOL application fee: £107
  • UOL institution-supported learning fees: £3,533.60

Payable to RELC Examinations Bureau

  • UOL examination fee: S$920

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST (exclude textbooks and valid for 2022 intake).

* These are estimated amounts as UOL and RELC fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuations, Singapore taxation and annual increase.

Additional fees payable to UOL
1. Application fee for recognition of prior learning: £61 (per module)
2. Module continuation fee (if the module is not completed in the six months study session):  £417 (per module)

Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

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