Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Finance (Full-Time)

Provided by Kaplan Higher Education Academy


Awarded by University College Dublin

Course introduction


University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe’s largest and leading universities with over 160 years of tradition#. Over the years, UCD has produced a global network of 224,000 graduates+, of which many are successful entrepreneurs, politicians, business leaders and top executives.

The UCD College of Business is one of the elite business schools worldwide to hold the prestigious ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA3. These accreditations represent the highest form of achievement for business schools – enhancing the value of a degree from UCD throughout the globe.

UCD is one of the 30 world class universities that forms part of the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS)^. CEMS is an exclusive academic-corporate partnership which gives its members privileged access to a global pool of top talents. This alliance also includes more than 70 MNCs such as Google, Facebook, UBS, Mastercard, Proctor & Gamble, Shell, Deutsche Bank, HSBC etc.

Graduation and Degree
Students who successfully complete and pass the modules stipulated in the course structure will be awarded the Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Finance from University College Dublin.

The degree awards will be the same as that awarded to the on-campus graduates.

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 ‘Stages’).

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
 Financial Management
 Treasury and Risk Management
 Human Resource Management
 Investment and Portfolio Management
 Accounting Information for Managers
 Marketing Management
 Data Analysis for Decision Makers


Professional Recognition and Accreditation

University College Dublin:

  • Top 1% of Universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2013-2014)
  • Over 2 Decades of Partnership with Kaplan
UCD School of Business:
  • Degrees consistently ranked in the top 100 by the Financial Times and the Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Ranked 33rd in Europe (Financial Times 2013)
  • Prestigious Triple-Crown Accreditations from:
  1. AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  2. EQUIS (European Foundation for Management Development)
  3. AMBA (Association of MBAs)

Entry Requirements

The Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Finance (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 National University of Ireland, 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 Methods

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.