Higher Diploma in Business Studies

The Higher Diploma in Business Studies has been developed by London School of Business and Finance as a qualification for students aiming for a career in one of a wide range of industries, and/or for students aiming for a Higher Education qualification in a subject allied to Business and Management.

Higher Diploma in Business Studies

Key Facts

  • Duration: 18 months (full-time)
  • Intake dates: Start in January, March, May, July, September, November
  • Delivery Mode:
    • Live Online
    • On campus
  • Fees: SGD $12,208.00 (local students) / SGD $15,340.74 (international students) (Prices inclusive of GST)

The aim of the Higher Diploma in Business Studies is to give students the best possible preparation for a successful career in one of a wide range of industries. Graduates of the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic underlying academic concepts and principles associated with the broader discipline of Management. Holders of the Higher Diploma will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the major theories in business and management, and of the way in which those theories have developed.

The Higher Diploma in Business Studies aims to provide students with:                 

  • The ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data
  • The ability to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with basic theories and concepts of their subject area, and the ability to communicate these accurately to a range of peers
  • The ability to apply underlying concepts and principles of business and management in an employment context
  • Knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in the academic study of Business Studies and management
  • An understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge
  • A range of personal and professional skills that can be used in a wide range of situations and contexts

At the end of this course, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed
  • Analyse strategic issues related to the subjects studied
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to the subjects studied
  • Apply theory to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems within the organisation
  • Interpret financial data and carry out statistical and financial analysis
  • Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, including use of a range of media which are widely used in business such as the preparation and presentation of business reports

Lectures, Tutorial, Seminars, Workshops, Case Study and Exercises,Group work project and presentations, Computer Exercise, Class Discussion

STP holders: 90%
Non-STP holders: 75%

Assessments Profile

  • Assignment/Class test: 50%
  • Final Exam: 50%

Student must achieve an overall passing grade of 40%.  If students fail to achieve an overall passing grade of 40%, students will be permitted one retake attempt in each failed assessment and failure of this retake will require students to re-module the failed module(s) again in full prior to additional retake attempt.

Graduation and Awards
Students must complete and pass all required modules in this course to receive a Higher Diplomain Business Studies certification.

Students who are for any reason unable to complete the Higher Diploma and who have successfully passed a minimum of 8 modules are eligible for an Exit Award of a Diploma in Business Studies.

1 Teacher: 120 Students

Minimum Age: 18

Local students shall possess one of the following:

  • At least two passes in GCE ‘A’ Level
  • International Baccalaureate (24 points)
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma in any field

International students shall possess one of the following:

  • Completion of Year 12 High School Qualification or equivalent qualification from respective home countries
  • Completed International Baccalaureate (24 points)
  • Equivalent Local Polytechnic Diploma in any field in respective home countries


Both local and international students MUST fulfil the minimum English language entry requirement of one of the following (except Mandarin programmes):

  • Achieved grade C6 or better in English language in GCE O level;
  • Pass in English Language in Year 10 High School qualification or equivalent;
  • IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550;
  • Completed LSBF Preparatory Course in English Upper Intermediate Level;

Students with non-standard entry requirements (e.g. other PEI qualification, lack of equivalent Year 12 in home country, etc) will be assessed on a case by case basis subject to approval of the Academic Board.

Students attend three hours a day plus directed/independent study for a period of 18 months from Monday to Friday. (Total 36 hours of directed study; 27 hours Synchronous and 9 hours Asynchronous)


The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the principles and practices of management. Students will learn how to examine the nature of managerial work including strategy, operations and project management, control, ethics, structures and culture, organisational power, groups and teams, individual performance and stress, social responsibility and change management.

This course introduces the basic concept of quantitative approaches to decision making. It introduces students to basic concepts of and methods of qualitative methods used by Management. Enables students to understand how to collate and present data, apply and range of statistical and operations research techniques.

This module introduces students to the foundation and understanding of the principles and concepts of Accounting. Students will be exposed to the application of these accounting concepts in the preparation of financial statements for use by individuals, business, non-profit organisations and government institutions. Students will also be developing expertise in using these accounting principles and concepts in their analytical approach to financial problem-solving.


The module is an introduction to basic economic principles and concepts and how they apply to the business environment.  It introduces students to the global economy and reviews both the national and the global market. It establishes the framework for future courses by providing students with an overview of fundamental micro and macroeconomic concepts.

This module will introduce students to the concepts and methods of business information technology and its application to practical business situations.  The goal is to help students to learn how to use and manage information technologies, conduct electronic commerce, improve decision-making, and gain competitive advantage in the marketplace.  It therefore emphasizes on the role of Internet technologies as a technology platform for electronic business, commerce, and collaboration within and among corporations.

This module promotes an integrative understanding of international business issues, particularly in relation to how new businesses are established. Students will develop a critical understanding of major trends and issues in international business, evaluate how global firms analyse their business environment and develop an understanding of multi-disciplinary management.

This course will involve the student in the diverse aspects of business communication theories and practices, and provide instruction in understanding basic principles and the importance of appropriate and professional business communication. The Purpose is to enable students to communicate effectively in business settings, including effective presentation skills.

This course seeks to equip students with an understanding of the role of Marketing. It outlines the fundamental principles, concepts and techniques. It provides students with the opportunity examine marketing theories and approaches and the value of marketing management in achieving corporate success in an increasing competitive business environment.

This module introduces the student to the theory and practice of strategic management, and the holistic way in which it draws upon a wide variety of managerial functions in its creation.  It will provide students with an understanding of the key concepts, theories and process integral to the strategic management of organisations.

This module introduces relevant concepts and theories in the field of Human Resource Management and provides students with the knowledge, understanding and key skills in relation to HRM. Provides an insight into international diversity in HRM, allowing comparison of the role, activities and institutional frameworks of HRM in different national contexts.

This module will provide students with a thorough background in the areas of management information systems (MIS) and operations management (OM). The main topics of discussion include the decision processes, information and decision technologies, information strategy, operations management and operations research. The module maintains a good balance between theoretical and practical aspects and encourages students to achieve expertise in both parts.

This module introduces students to the principles and practices of financial and management accounting, so that they can appreciate the contribution it makes to the effective operation of a business.

The aim of the module is to provide students with a greater  understanding of the principles, mechanics and subjective issues involved in preparation of internal and external financial statements.

This module is an introduction to the concepts and topics in organisational behaviour (OB) and theory. The course focuses on OB at three levels: individual, interpersonal, and collective. Students will learn the individual level, covering decision-making, motivation, and personality and then turn to the interpersonal level, covering power, influence, and negotiations. The module will include the collective level, covering groups and managing change.

This module will provide students with the general knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of business law in Singapore. It covers major topics discussed in business law courses providing clear examples and simplified cases.  The module contains many practical points and common clauses when drafting a contract.

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the important aspects of project management, project evaluation, project implementation and project review.  Project scheduling, project costs and risk strategies are also considered. 

This module will provide students with an understanding of marketing from an international perspective. It will enable students to understand and analyse critical factors in the success or failure of international marking campaigns.

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