Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) offers government-funded, full-time direct honours programme for school leavers. A full-time degree can normally be completed in 4 years although the maximum period of candidature is 6 years. If you want to complete your degree in a shorter time, you can do so by taking more courses each semester or by taking additional evening classes with part-time students. You will also have the flexibility to switch to a part-time mode or transfer to a part-time programme should you find early job emplacement.
The full-time programme curriculum focuses on professional competence and job-readiness, social consciousness and awareness, and self-directed and life-long learning. It also provides flexibility in alternating, or blending, full-time and part-time study and work. For instance, there are opportunities for fresh school leavers to learn alongside working professionals enrolled at SUSS. Such interaction enriches your learning experience, helps you develop a deeper understanding of work issues, and forms professional and personal networks.
Further flexibility comes in the form of e-learning resources that can be accessed anytime and anywhere, such as interactive i-study guides, recorded lectures, course materials, and online discussion forums and assessments. These elements are designed to enhance your learning. In addition, the work attachment enables you to relate your learning to work more directly.
The University offers part-time undergraduate programmes at a basic degree level as well as programmes that lead to a direct honours degree.
The academic year comprises 2 semesters, January to June and July to December. 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, all inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS Core courses. On the average, our students read 15 cu of courses per semester.
All students admitted into part-time undergraduate programmes must complete 10 cu of SUSS Core courses in order to graduate. The SUSS Core courses focus on emerging social issues, and develop core competencies such as thinking, reading, writing, synthesis, and analysis. Students enrolled in the Chinese and Tamil language programmes who feel that their English competency is inadequate, may choose to read alternative SUSS core courses developed specifically for their programmes.
Generally, classes for part-time 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 12 months for the graduate diploma, and 24 months for the Master's programmes.
Courses are delivered in seminar workshop mode combining lectures, case studies, presentations and/or project exercises. Upon graduation, you will receive the Graduate Diploma and/or Master's degree conferred by Singapore University of Social Sciences.
At SUSS, 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)
SUSS 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 SUSS 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.