The academic year comprises two semesters, January to June and July to December.
The University offers undergraduate programmes at a basic degree level as well as programmes that lead to a direct honours degree.
If you read the maximum permitted study load every semester, you can complete a basic undergraduate degree programme in 3 years, or an honours degree in 4 years. You may choose to take up to 8 years to complete the degree.
Each course has an assigned value of credit units (cu). Students are required to complete a total of 130 cu to graduate with a basic degree; a total of 170 cu to graduate with honours; or a total of 200 cu to graduate with a dual degree, all inclusive of 10 cu of University Core (UCore) courses. On the average, our students read 15 cu of courses per semester.
All students admitted into undergraduate programmes must complete 10 cu of UCore courses in order to graduate, except for students reading Chinese and Tamil programmes. The UCore curriculum is designed to provide courses that complement the discipline-based undergraduate curriculum. It comprises 3 baskets of courses: (1) Communication, (2) Skills and (3) The World and I. Students must complete at least one course from each basket.
Classes for undergraduate programmes are held on weekday evenings and weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Classes usually commence with at least 10 enrolled students.
Our graduate programmes take in students on an annual basis. The duration for completion is generally 6 to 12 months for the graduate diploma, and 12 to 21 months for the master's programmes. There is no credit exemption for graduate programme candidates.
Courses are delivered in seminar workshop mode combining lectures, case studies, presentations and/or project exercises. Classes are held over the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Upon graduation, you will receive the Graduate Diploma and/or Master's degree conferred by SIM University.
Continuing Education and Training (CET)
The SIM University (UniSIM) CET centre offers a comprehensive range of educational and training curriculum in work-related competencies, life-skills and personal enrichment.
CET courses may be taken as single modules through the General Studies Programme (undergraduate courses) or as advanced professional courses (graduate courses). Students may earn academic credits that can count towards eventual enrolment in UniSIM’s degree programmes.
At UniSIM, students are generally assessed through a continuous assessment component and an examinable component. A weighted average mark obtained from the combination of these two will be used to determine your final grade for the course. To pass a course, you must pass both components.
Continuous Assessment Component
Depending on the discipline, the continuous assessment component may include written assignments such as dissertations, case study analyses, essays as well as laboratory reports and research projects completed either individually or in groups.
Some programmes require active student participation in practical hands-on experience training organised as laboratory sessions, mini-project discussion groups or weekend schools.
In some dissertation or project-based courses, the continuous assessment component could comprise progress reports or project proposals which will form the basis of your final report or dissertation. This final report or dissertation is part of the examinable component for such courses.
Most courses typically contain one examinable component, which may be a written examination, an end-of-course assignment report, an oral presentation, a dissertation or a combination of such assessment strategies.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
UniSIM uses a 5–point GPA system to track a student's progress at programme level over the semesters of active study, where he/she has registered for courses. For continuation of study in the programme, a student must obtain satisfactory progress during his/her candidature.
Classification of Degrees
Honours Degree Classification
** A student must achieve at least an A- in the designated Capstone project.
||4.50 - 5.00
||All courses (i.e. courses at all levels) are counted in honours classification|
||4.00 - 4.49|
||3.50 - 3.99|
||3.00 - 3.49|
||2.00 - 2.99|
||Student will not graduate|
Basic Degree Classification
|Pass with Merit
||3.20 - 5.00
||Applicable for July 2012 graduating cohort onwards|
||2.00 - 3.19
||Student will not graduate|
The Academic Board of UniSIM appoints external examiners from reputable universities to ensure that high academic standards are maintained in all programmes. Appointed external examiners work together with faculty staff to ensure a high standard for the student assessments and provide constructive recommendations to enhance the standard of course presentations.