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Diploma in Banking and Finance (DBKF - S76)


Aspiring to be a


Financial trader



Personally, I like the practicality that SP’s Diploma in Banking and Finance (DBKF) course offers. Modules such as Portfolio Management and Fixed Income Analysis taught me how to analyse funds using various ratios and write Investment Policy Statements, which are all important skills in the investment operation field. During my internship days, my friend and I were honoured to be able to work closely under the guidance of the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of HSBC Insurance Singapore, where we were able to apply the knowledge we learnt in our modules.
Wu Yuchen

DBKF graduate, Class of 2010
NTU College Scholarship Recipient
Nanyang Business School, NTU



Usprint July/August Winning School category was Singapore Polytechnic, Overall Winner category for Top 3 Winners were also SP students
Usprint July/August Two DBKF students were winners in the Weekly Prizes Category
2015 Distinction for Outstanding Performance (National Economics & Financial Management Challenge)
High Distinction (National Economics & Financial Management Challenge)
Third (National Management Competition)
First (National Management Competition)
  • First (National Management Competition)
  • Second, Fourth & Fifth (Citibank Foreign Exchange Challenge 2011)
  • First (National Management Competition)
    Second (Asian Management Game in Hong Kong)
  • First, Second & Third (National Management
  • Fourth (Asian Management Game in Chennai India)
  • Third (Citibank Foreign Exchange Challenge 2009)
  • First & Third (National Management Competition)
  • Second (Asian Management Game in Hong Kong)
  • Third (Citibank Foreign Exchange Challenge 2008)
First, Second & Third (National Management Competition)
  • First (National Management Competition)
  • Third (Asian Management Game in Macau)
  • First, Second & Third (National Management Competition)
  • First (NTUC Income Entrepreneur Challenge)
  • First (National Management Competition)
  • First (National Cooperative Federation Business Simulation Game)
  • First, Second & Third (SGX-NTU Financial Futures Game)
First, Second & Third (SGX-NTU Financial Futures Game)
  • First, Second & Third (SGX-NTU Financial Futures Game)
  • First (SGX-NTU Stock Exchange Game)
Second & Third (SGX-NTU Financial Futures Game)
  • Third, Fourth & Fifth (CNA Millenium Investment Game)
  • First & Second (CNA Million Dollar Game)
  • First & Second (SGX-NTU Financial Futures Game)
Second (SGX-NTU Financial Futures Game)
  • First & Second (Simex Challenge III)
  • First & Third (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)
First, Second & Third (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)
  • First & Second (Simex Challenge II)
  • First, Second & Third (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)
Second (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)
First & Second (Simex Challenge I)
First, Second & Third (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)
First & Second (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)
First (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)
Fourth & Fifth (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)
First (Aiesec Financial Futures Game)

Diploma in Banking and Finance (DBKF-S76)


Designed for future financial professionals who want to make an impact in the complex global economy, the Diploma in Banking and Finance— known as DBKF — gives you a head start in being a responsible and insightful wealth creator.

The DBKF course blends theoretical concepts with industry practices. This well-established course provides practical training with modern facilities and an excellent curriculum that is closely related to professional practices and is highly industry relevant. Besides acquiring core competencies in banking and finance, you are also equipped with essential business skills such as integrative problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication and teamwork, as well as key industry soft skills and sound values for work.

The 3-year full-time DBKF programme, builds upon 3 main pillars crucial to banking and finance industry, namely (1) Corporate and Wealth Advisory, (2) Risk and Compliance and (3) Financial Management. 

Beyond the technical competencies, latest innovations such as Financial Technology (FinTech) and Data Analytics skills are blended into the programme, to equip you for the future economy. You will be encouraged to adopt a critical and flexible viewpoint and to analyse issues from a variety of perspectives. 


We are the first banking and finance diploma offered among the polytechnics.

Course Highlights
  • Applied Learning via UOB Kay Hian – SP Dealing Centre connecting classroom to the financial world simulating real-world trading experience.
  • Enhanced Learning Internship through meaningful work assignments and industry exposure, deepening skills so as to be better prepared for transition to the workplace.
  • Rigorous and relevant curriculum with specialisation in either Banking or Financial Trading to give you a head start in work or further studies.
  • Opportunities to develop capabilities in many ways – advanced modules, diploma-plus certificate programmes, multi-disciplinary projects, social innovation projects, and personal development programmes.
  • Highly recognised by leading financial institutions, reputable universities and professional bodies.
  • Build and grow your network and contacts with industry professionals and practitioners as well as alumni family.


Academic Innovation

The programme will develop you to be future finance professionals with the mastery of both theory and skillsets that are needed to navigate the evolving world of finance. 

“Hands-on learning” is fundamental to the SP DBKF experience. There will be opportunities for you to acquire real-life experience through a variety of local and overseas programmes. You will learn to use Reuters and Bloomberg. 

You will go on a 22-week internship in your final year. Depending on your career preference, you may choose an internship with financial institutions, such as Monetary Authority of Singapore, HSBC, OCBC, DBS and other leading organisations. Beyond the classroom, you have the opportunity to work on industry/data analytic projects, excel in competitions, network at seminars and during job shadowing, go on field trips and volunteer for overseas social innovation projects that let you have an impact on the wider world. 

Flexibility and multiple pathways

You are able to chart your own pathway through a variety of electives offered at various stages of the programme. Electives include Forex Trading, Commodities Trading, Technical Analysis and Trading, and many more.
For students who wish to learn financial trading skills, you will have simulated hands-on trading exercises in the School’s UOB Kay Hian–SP Dealing Centre in some electives. 

Career Prospects
As Singapore continues to thrive as an international financial hub, there are good employment opportunities. 
Almost 90% of our graduates surveyed found jobs in 3 months after graduation last year, according to the Graduate Employment Survey 2016. More than 80% of these graduates found permanent jobs related to their field of study.
Graduates are skilled for roles in a wide variety of functions, including credit and marketing, trade finance,  retail and branch banking, treasury, private banking and financial planning, research, risk compliance, administrative support in banks, stock brokerages, fund management companies, the Singapore Exchange, as well as corporations.
Further Studies
Graduates from this course have the flexibility to further their studies in reputable local and foreign universities. This course offers you advanced standing at certain overseas universities, allowing enrolment in the second year of a three-year degree programme. Graduates can also pursue professional certifications offered by institutions such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), etc.  For industry-related certification, you can also sit for the Capital Markets and Financial Advisory Services (CMFAS) examinations.