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Specialist Diploma in Data Protection and AI Governance

Topic:Data Analytics & Visualisation, ICT, Media & Design, Others

Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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  • Course Date:

    14 Oct 2024 to 30 Sep 2025
  • Registration Period:

    01 Jun 2024 to 18 Aug 2024
  • Duration/Frequency:

  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified when there is a new run.

Class schedule:
One face-to-face session
Every Tuesday

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

One online synchronous session
Every Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm 
Curriculum is sequenced in a sequential manner starting from Module 1.


Course Duration: 
270 hours (1 year)

Please refer to Academic Calendar.


Please put the ‘NSPAI’ in the subject heading.

For course specific details, please contact the course manager.
Name: Ms Tan Teck June

Course Objective

Following the passing of the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill in parliament on Nov 2020, companies are recruiting Data Protection Officer (DPO) to safeguard the company’s data.

To meet the demand for DPO, the School of Computing (SoC) is launching a Specialist Diploma in Data Protection and AI Governance course to train graduates the necessary skills and knowledge in the area of data protection, data innovation and AI Governance. These skills would help their company to strengthen the company’s data protection practices and to uncover any operational risks, threats and vulnerabilities in a data-driven economy.

The Specialist Diploma in Data Protection and AI Governance is a part-time course which typically takes about one year to complete and is conducted via a hybrid teaching mode comprising 70% face-to-face and 30% e-learning sessions. It is suitable for Degree or Diploma holders who wish to be a Data Protection Officer (DPO) or double-hat as a DPO.

This course aims to provide training and awareness in Data Protection including developing a Data Protection Management Programme, addressing business risks, managing cyber and data breach incidents and developing stakeholder engagement plan.

In addition, the course provides training in Data Innovation including modules such as Data Ethics, Data Sharing, Design Thinking and Data Protection by Design and AI Governance. The Design Thinking and Data Protection by Design module trains students to design an innovative digital solution incorporating good data protection practices.

The course curriculum is aligned with the DPO Competency Framework and Training Roadmap and it prepares graduates of the specialist diploma for DPO job functions and work responsibilities in the exciting field of data protection and data innovation.

Course Outline

The course consists of five modules conducted over two semesters within one academic year. Classes will be conducted in two evenings per week and 1 evening is e-learning for 15 weeks each semester. 

This course consists of 2 post-diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC will consist of two or three modules and the details are as follows:

Please click here for Module Synopsis

PDC 1 Certificate in Data Protection and Cyber Breach Management
Module 1 – Data Protection Management (6 weeks, 60 hours)
Module 2 – Cyber Breach Response and Business Risk Management (6 weeks, 60 hours)
Module 3 – Data Governance and Compliance (3 weeks, 30 hours)

PDC 2 Certificate in Data Innovation, AI Governance and Ethics
Module 4 – AI Governance, Data Sharing and Ethics (6 weeks, 60 hours)
Module 5 – Design Thinking and Data Protection by Design (6 weeks, 60 hours)

Minimum Requirements

The entry requirement for the Specialist Diploma in Data Protection and AI Governance is a polytechnic diploma or higher qualification in any discipline from a local public sector educational institution (PSEI).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of the modules in each semester, the participant will be awarded one Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC) respectively.

Upon successfully acquiring the two PDCs, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma in Data Protection and AI Governance qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Suitable for

This course is specially designed for Diploma/Degree graduates or newly appointed DPO or compliance officer whose job roles are handling and processing data of its customers, employees and providers. Graduates from the course will be sufficiently trained to be DPO or double-hat as DPO in their organisations.