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Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Artificial Intelligence)

Topic:ICT, Media & Design

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

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  • Course Date:

    17 Apr 2023 to 31 Mar 2024
  • Registration Period:

    01 Dec 2022 to 03 Mar 2023
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • 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 with there is a new run.

Class schedule:
Every Tue and Thurs
5.30pm to 6.30pm (e-learning*)
6:30pm to 9:30pm (face-to-face class)

Modules in this course conduct in-class tests, typically in the last week of each 7-week or 8-week term in the SP academic calendar.  Attendance at these tests is compulsory.  Please refer to the SP academic calendar.

*e-learning: the students are not required to attend classes during this period.

240 hours (1 year)

Please refer to Academic Calendar.


Course Objective

With recent advances in deep learning technologies, Artificial Intelligence is gathering momentum to be one of the key pillars of the next Industry Revolution. Billions of dollars in investments are pouring into this space and an increasing number of organisations would be looking into acquiring talent to help them develop intelligent applications that harness the power of AI to help them gain a competitive edge. Graduates of the course will have the relevant skillsets to build data-driven AI applications and cognitive products.

The objectives of the Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Artificial Intelligence) are to provide foundational training in the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics and programming for data science, as well as in specialized skill sets in the area of applied machine learning and AI-human interfaces (such as chatbots). Graduates of the course will be competent in applying machine-learning algorithms to design and develop intelligent software applications and cognitive products.

Course Outline

The course is a one-year part-time programme. It consists of 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) conducted over 2 semesters, 1 PDC per semester. The first PDC to start with is PDC1. The classes are conducted in the evening.

This course consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC comprises two modules and the details are as follows:

Please click here for Module Synopsis

Semester One
PDC 1 Certificate in Fundamentals of Data Science
Module 1 - Introduction to Statistics for Data Science
Module 2 - Introduction to Programming for Data Science

Semester Two
PDC 2 Certificate in Artificial Intelligence
Module1 – Applied Machine Learning
Module2 – AI Human Interface

Participants must complete PDC1 before they can progress to PDC2.

Minimum Requirements

Students enrolled in the Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Artificial Intelligence) must satisfy at least one of the following entry requirements:

(i)An engineering diploma from a polytechnic in Singapore
(ii)Any diploma from a polytechnic in Singapore AND

  • a C6 or better in Additional Mathematics in the O-level examinations
  • OR a C grade or better in a one-semester polytechnic mathematics module that substantially covers the Additional Mathematics syllabus;
  • OR relevant work experience (considered on a case-by-case basis).

(iii)Any degree from one of the following Singapore universities: NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT, or SUSS (UniSIM).

Candidates with degrees from other universities are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may apply for admission to the course by producing evidence of at least 5 years relevant working experience or supporting information to ascertain their competency readiness.  Eligible applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist eligible applicants and admit applicants who perform well in the interview and/or entrance test.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of two Certificates within a two-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Artificial Intelligence) graduates will receive an exemption of up to 12 subject credits on SUTD’s ModularMasters in Data Science programme. Details can be found in SUTD website. (

Specialist Diploma in Data Science (Artificial Intelligence) graduates will receive exemption 2 modules, namely Data Programming in Python and Data Visualisation from UOL MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Details can be found in SIM website - UOL MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence | SIM GE

Suitable for

This course is suitable for working adults employed in sectors that require expertise in applied artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning such as software application development, internet, government, fintech, transport, logistics, cybersecurity, telecommunications, healthcare, retail, education and manufacturing. In particular, working adults who need to be equipped with technical and practical AI skills to build systems that take advantage of available user data, stand to benefit well from the course. The course contains a mix of theory and application.

Special Requirements

Students in this course are required to bring a notebook computer to class. Necessary software is provided free-of-charge to students for the duration of the course.

Course Fees

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Applicants/Eligibility Certificate in Fundamentals of Data Science Certificate in Artifical Intelligence Total Course Fees
SINGAPORE CITIZENS BELOW THE AGE OF 40 $444.91 $556.13 $1,001.04
SINGAPORE CITIZENS AGED 40 AND ABOVE $296.60 $370.76 $667.36
SINGAPORE PR $1,218.24 $1,522.80 $2,741.04
SME-SPONSORED SINGAPORE PR $372.24 $465.30 $837.54
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for SC) $2,966.04 $3,707.55 $6,673.59
OTHERS / REPEAT STUDENTS (for PR) $3,045.60 $3,807.00 $6,852.60

*SC - Singapore citizen          ** PR - Permanant resident

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Funding and Enhanced Training Support for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). For details, please refer to here.

Other Fees Payable:

Other Fees Payable 
(Incl. GST)
Examination Fee-$16.20
Miscellaneous Fee$7.49$7.56
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS)$1.01$1.02
Insurance Fee (GPA)$2.25$2.27

- The fees shown (inclusive of 8% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

Refund Policy:
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of paid course fee.
- Withdraw on or after date of semester commencement, no refund of paid course fee.

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

Application Procedure

Please click here for application procedures.

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