Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Finance (Part-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 taught by UCD faculty and local adjunct lecturers 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: 1 academic year*
Stage 3: 1 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
 Corporate 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)
Community of European Management Schools (CEMS)

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.

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

Each term is a 13-week period covering 2 modules of study. Each module is provided with 20 hours of academic counselling/briefing sessions (5 consecutive sessions of 4 hours each) after office hours in the evening and/or over weekends /public holidays.

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).
•SGD 22,470.00 payable in 6 instalments
•Receive SGD 400 referral bursary when you recommend your friend to join our degree course. T&Cs apply.

Education Loan
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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 course consultant.