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Studying management in Singapore: top courses and how to apply

Management programmes have consistently been popular with students, because they are often believed to lead to more career options, and better career progression as well. If you too are considering to follow the management path, here are some of the top courses—from the certificate to the postgraduate level—that you may find particularly useful and worth investing in:

Management Foundation Studies (MFS)
Duration: 6 months
Designed as a bridging course for students who do not meet the entry requirements for diploma studies, the MFS will equip you with fundamentals in management and business practice. Through a combination of lab work, class activities, online learning and more, you will gain the knowledge and confidence needed to excel in studies at the diploma stage. With the MFS, you can continue to pursue a diploma in the area of accounting, banking and finance, international business, or management studies.

Diploma in Management Studies (DMS)
Duration: 15 months
A step up from the MFS, the DMS emphasises practical problem-solving, critical thinking skills and a people-centric approach that are all crucial in today’s fast-evolving environment. The course will acquaint you with two fields of management studies. The first covers the broad-based studies of communications, economics, statistics, mathematics, and law. The second covers the functional areas of accountancy and finance, marketing, people and human resource management, information systems, as well as operations management. Opportunities abound for DMS graduates in industries such as banking, marketing, and manufacturing.

Bachelor of Business (Management)
Duration: 3 years
Through this course from RMIT University, Australia—ranked 18th in the world among universities under 50 years old1-you will learn how to deal with complex issues, lead teams and make business decisions applicable across a variety of organisational structures. Graduates of the programme can apply for affiliate membership with the Institute of Managers and Leaders, an eminent professional body for managers and leaders worldwide. More importantly, graduates can look forward to diverse career opportunities in commercial, industrial, and not-for-profit organisations.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business and Management
Duration: 3 years
This programme is ideal for those aspiring to be personal bankers, business development executives, entrepreneurs, or anyhow who wishes to carve out a career in general management. From UK’s University of London (UOL), one of the oldest universities in the world, the programme combines established core management units with contemporary business units. Upon completion, you will have a solid understanding of the different functional business areas, and in turn, develop excellent management analytical skills.

Master of Science Management: Strategy
Duration: 1 year
If you already have a bachelor’s degree in business, management or economics, this programme from the University of Birmingham (UOB) may just be what you are looking for to give your future a boost. Ranked 15th in the UK2, UOB has developed the course to give students an overview of the current issues and emerging trends in the practice of business and management. In addition, you will acquire advanced management concepts and transferable skills related to research and analysis, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership. As strategic management and leadership are what drive companies forward, the course will help you become a key player in your company’s success. Exciting career prospects await graduates including consulting, public policy and research. Graduates will also find the course helpful when pursuing managerial positions in both public and private sectors, as well as in companies of all sizes.

Master of Science in Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Duration: 1 year
While a bachelor’s programme in the same field offers a broader understanding of supply chain management with an emphasis on general business, this master’s course focuses on using enterprise resource planning systems to improve the operational functions of a business. From the University of Warwick, one of the top 10 universities in the UK3, the course focuses on a number of engaging and imperative topics. Some of them include: innovation, programme and project strategy, and direction motivation. The course opens the door to fulfilling job positions such as head of purchasing, systems support manager, and warehouse operations manager.

It is interesting to note that while the MFS and DMS are awarded by the leading Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE), the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are each developed and accredited by the respective foreign universities. Thus, making the qualifications globally recognised. Furthermore, students need not travel too far to complete their degrees, as SIM GE has partnered these renowned universities to bring the courses to Singapore-a world-class city in the heart of Asia.

Thanks to the partnership, students can enjoy more affordable tuition fees. As an illustration, a degree from UOL will cost you about INR 50.55 lakh. However, if you were to pursue the same UOL degree with SIM GE, you will only have to pay about INR 14.35 lakh, which translates into a considerable saving of INR 36.20 lakh.

Getting to know college admissions in Singapore
Now that you have a better picture of the top management courses that are available to you, here are some handy information you need to know on admissions to management universities in Singapore, specifically SIM GE.

First of all, you need to ensure that you have met the academic and English language requirements for the programme you wish to apply for. You will also need the following supporting documents:
1. Original educational certificates and transcripts4
2. Foreign Identification Number (FIN) or passport
3. Passport-size photograph taken within the last three months
These documents must be mailed to SIM GE for verification. There are also a number of appointed agents in India that are able to help you with the application process.

The application outcome will be emailed to you typically within one month before the commencement of the programme. When you have received the offer, you will need to confirm it and accept the student contract online. Thereafter, you can start making preparations for your overseas study adventure!