Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Project Management (Top-up) (Full-Time)

Provided by Kaplan Higher Education Academy


Awarded by University College Dublin

Course introduction


Reasons to choose University College Dublin
University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe’s largest and leading universities with over 160 years of tradition1. Over the years, UCD has produced a global network of 239,000 graduates2, of which many hold successful positions in leading organisations around the world.

Triple-Crown Accreditation
The UCD College of Business is comprised of the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business (Bachelor’s Degrees), UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School (Master’s Degrees), UCD Smurfit Executive Development and UCD Business International Campus.

It is one of the elite 82* business schools in the world to hold the triple-crown international accreditation from AACSB (US), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK).
These accreditations represent the highest form of achievement for business schools – enhancing the value of a Degree from UCD across the globe.

AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, International)
It provides internationally recognised and specialised accreditation for business and accounting programmes at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level.

EQUIS (European Foundation for Management Development)
It assesses institutions as a whole. It assesses not just degree programmes but all the activities and sub-units of the institution, including research, e-learning units, executive education provision and community outreach. Institutions must be primarily devoted to management education.

AMBA (Association of MBAs)
It is an association which works with business schools to accredit MBA, DBA and Master’s Degree programmes globally, against defined criteria and include input from a variety of stakeholders including business school staff, students, graduates and employers.

• Top 1% University in the world by Times Higher Education World Ranking 2017
• 29th in Europe Business School Rankings by Financial Times 2017
• 70th in Global MBA Ranking by Financial Times 2017
• 168th in QS World’s University Ranking 2018
• Top 100 for postgraduate programmes by The Economist 2016

Global Alliances and Partnerships
CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education)

It is a cooperation of the world’s leading business schools and universities with multinational companies and NGOs.
The CEMS Global Alliance includes leading business schools, multinational companies and NGOs from around the globe.

Global Network for Advancement Management (GNAM)
The Global Network for Advanced Management includes 29 leading business schools. These include the Yale School of Management, London School of Economics, INSEAD (France and Singapore) and other leading business schools from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
A common motivation of member schools to connect is to position their students, faculty, staff, alumni and other constituencies so that they can deepen their understanding of differences and commonalities in their economies and increase their effectiveness. Member schools recognise that leaders in all sectors will be asked to contribute to devising solutions to major global problems of great complexity.

Partnership in International Management (PIM)
PIM, Partnership in International Management, is a consortium of leading international business schools, founded which provides a framework for international cooperation primarily at graduate level.
Members are carefully selected by the association.
Each member institution represents the highest degree of excellence in the fields of business administration and management, demonstrates leadership in their geographic region and delivers an MBA or a graduate-equivalent degree in management.

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
The mission of PRME is to transform Management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. University College Dublin is a participant of PRME.
The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally-accepted values, such as the United Nations Global Compact’s Ten Principles, and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to advance social responsibility by incorporating universal values into curricula and research. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of Management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.

More reasons to choose University College Dublin
• 26-year partnership and over 10,000 graduates with Kaplan
• Taught by both UCD & local faculties. Gain a global degree with the programme taught in local context and schedules that are ideal for everyone, especially busy executives.
• The degree will be the same as that awarded to on-campus graduates in University College Dublin, Ireland.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

The Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) programme consists of 8 core modules and 4 pathway modules and may be completed in a minimum of 18 months through distance teaching in Singapore.

An honours Degree at University College Dublin takes 3 academic years to complete (over 3 ‘Stage’).

In the case of the Bachelor of Business Studies (Singapore), the duration of the programme is as follows:

Stage 1: Exemption granted due to accredited prior learning
Stage 2: One academic year*
Stage 3: One academic year*

*An academic year is generally a minimum of 9 months duration.

• Economic Policy & the Global Environment
• Cross Cultural Management
• Management of Organisations
• Project Management
• Business Strategy
• Business Ethics
• Leadership and Change Management
• Human Resource Management
• Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
• Marketing Management
• Data Analysis for Decision Makers
• Project Analytics

Entry Requirements

The Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Project Management (Top-up) programme accepts a wide range of qualifications.

These include:

• Polytechnic Diploma
• Kaplan Diploma
• Other Private Diplomas and/or Foreign qualifications will be assessed on a case by case basis
• In all cases the final admissions decision to the programme rests with the university
• Applicants admitted to the programme may be required to undertake bridging units in order to fulfil the required prerequisite knowledge.

English requirement:

• Successful completion of an approved Diploma qualification or higher, where the language of instruction was English can be considered.
• Applicants are required to meet the University’s English language requirement (

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Delivery Method
The programme provides 42 hours of lectures per module.
Classes are conducted by local and visiting lecturers from University College Dublin.
A typical term is a 3-month period covering 2 courses of study.
Classes are scheduled 5 times a week with at least 3 hours of class time per session. There will be no weekend classes.

Assessment Method
Each unit is assessed by any combination of class participation, written assignments, project or examinations. Assessment methods may vary according to individual unit requirements.

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees
The tuition fee covers university registration, study guides, intensive seminars and workshops, assignments, examination (if applicable), projects, Degree (if earned), and transcript.

  • Programme fee: SGD 24,235.50 payable in 6 instalments
  • Receive SGD 400 referral bursary when you recommend your friend to join our Degree programme. T&Cs apply.
Education Loan
Education loans are available, subject to meeting the bank’s loan requirements.
Amex 0% interest on instalment payment effective 1st June 2017 (for instalments ranging 6 – 24 months)

Non-tuition Fees
Non-refundable application fees are as follows:
• Application fee: SGD 181.90
All prices are inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST). Please refer to the official price list for a detailed breakdown.
*Note: All fees are subjected to change annually. The fees above have been updated and are accurate as of 18 Jan 2016. For more information about the programme, please contact our programme consultant.