9 Best Private Universities in Singapore

best private universities in Singapore

It’s the time of the year again when prospective undergraduates begin to consider university options after completing their major examinations or while they are in their final stages of tertiary education.

Contrary to popular belief, private degrees in Singapore have a multitude of benefits to offer.

For example, they usually can be completed earlier compared to local degrees in a span ranging from 16 months to 3 years. Furthermore, private degrees tend to be more specialised. In this list, we have curated 9 of the best private universities and degrees in Singapore.

Here is are some quick statistics about private universities in Singapore:

Kaplan Singapore

Address: 8 Wilkie Rd, #02-01 Wilkie Edge, Singapore 228095

Kaplan is a great starting point to discover your options for private universities. As a private educational institution that specialises in making educational services more accessible to students, Kaplan Singapore has connections to various private universities overseas which offer degrees locally. Their employment rate stands at 77.6% for overall employment rate and 46.9% for full-time permanent employment rate.

Here are some of the universities with part-time and full-time degrees in Singapore.

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Murdoch University

Murdoch University is an Australian university ranked in the Top 100 global universities under 50 years old.

Some of the private degrees Murdoch offers include Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Management, Communication and Media, Information Technology, Criminology, Business Law, Psychology and Hospitality and Tourism Management. Their latest addition also includes a degree in Global Politics and Policy.

The total tuition fee for most full-time degrees for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents would amount to SGD $21,186 for a single major.

Northumbria University

Northumbria University is among the Top 1% elite institutions worldwide and the only University in the UK with Dual AACSB Accreditation. The university is also ranked 351st – 400th in the World University Ranking 2021.

Students can choose from a wide range of disciplines including Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Communication and Media, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Counselling, Humanities and Social Sciences and Law.

The tuition fee for most degrees is S$22,363.

University College Dublin (UCD)

University College Dublin is ranked among the Top 1% of institutions worldwide and is one of the few elite business schools to hold the ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation from AACSB (US), AMBA (UK) and EQUIS (Europe).

UCD offers a choice of 10 specialised pathways which include Banking and Wealth Management, Business Analytics, Business with Law, Digital Business, Finance, Human Resource, Logistics and Supply Chain, Management, Marketing and Project Management.

The UCD direct Honours Degree can be completed within 18 months and the tuition fee for most of their courses amounts to S$23,968.

For more details on the programmes Kaplan has to offer, you could head over to their website.

Singapore Institute of Management (SIM)

Address: 461 Clementi Rd, Singapore 599491

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SIM Global Education (SIM GE) is a leading private education institution in Singapore. SIM has partnerships with top-ranking and reputable universities from Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their enrollment stands at about 16,000 full and part-time students and adult learners. Here is the list of the universities associated with SIM and the various courses they offer.

University at Buffalo (UOB)

UOB is well known for its specialisation in the Arts and Social Sciences. The university primarily offers degrees in Communications, Economics, International Relations, International Trade, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.


The degrees offered by RMIT include Business (with a specialisation in either marketing or management), Professional Communication and Design. Students can also top up specialisations in Applied Science – which include a specialisation in either Aviation or Construction.

University of Stirling

The University of Stirling offers degrees in Events Management, Marketing, Retail and Marketing and Sport Studies and Marketing.

University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong offers degrees in Computer Science (Game and Mobile Development or Cyber Security), Business Information Systems and Psychology.

University of London

The University of London offers degrees in Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance, Computer Science, Data Science and Economics.

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham offers degrees in Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Business Management and Communications and International Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The tuition fees at SIM is $30,000 on average for a full-time undergraduate degree. Their employment rate stands at 85.7% for overall employment and 52% for overall employment rate. SIM also boasts a modern campus that has a multi-purpose sports hall, a performing arts theatre and various activity hubs as a conducive space to study or have a wind-down session with your friends.

SIM also offers scholarships for students, one of which is the SIM GE Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated leadership qualities both in and outside the classroom.

They are also granted to athletes who possess an impressive track record of achievement in sports or individuals with outstanding artistic talents. If you are considering SIM as a private university of your choice then do also check out our article on what you can look forward to in a SIM education.

Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)

Address: 501 Stirling Rd, Singapore 148951

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MDIS, founded in 1956, is one of the oldest private universities for lifelong learning in Singapore.

The university offers degrees in Engineering, Fashion and Design, Life Sciences, Language and Education, Media and Communications, Health and Nursing, Psychology, Technology, Tourism and Hospitality and Safety and environmental management.

MDIS is also reputed for its Business School (MBS) which is the largest and most established school within MDIS. MBS offers an industry-relevant and multi-disciplinary approach in the fields of business and management for education in Singapore, preparing students for career commencement and advancement in today’s complex business environment. The school also houses facilities for each specialisation such as Hospitality Labs, Labs for the life sciences, Media studios and Computer labs.

The employment rate for MDIS stands at 60.4% for overall employment and 32.4% for part-time employment.

A full-time course can be completed within 27 months while a part-time course can be completed within 36 months. The undergraduate fee for MDIS is estimated to be about $45,000 for most full-time courses.

MDIS has an educational trust fund to support students who come from lower-income backgrounds and scholarships to recognise holistic excellence in students. The Merit Scholarship for Bachelor’s degree covers up to S$4,000. More information on MDIS Scholarships and financial aid can be found here.

MDIS also offers dorms, primarily for international students. The residences are known by the name, MDIS Residences @ Sterling.

Curtin University

Address: 90 & 92 Jln Rajah, Singapore 329162

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Australia’s Curtin University has campuses in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius, and is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. The private university is globally recognised for its strong connections with industry, high-impact research and wide range of innovative courses.

Curtin was also ranked 1st overall in employment rate in the 2019/20 SSG PEI Graduate Employment Survey with an overall employment rate of 87.5% and 60.4% for full-time employment. The campus is also well developed having 36 classrooms equipped with AV equipment and MacLabs for students to use. There are also areas for sports and recreation like basketball courts and gymnasiums.

The private university offers Business and Communications Bachelors Degrees. They also offer a part-time degree in Nursing. The estimated fee for a full-time degree is 20,000 SGD which can be completed in a span of 2 years.

James Cook University

Address: 149 Sims Dr, Singapore 387380

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James Cook University Singapore is a branch of James Cook University, based in Townsville, Australia. The campus offers undergraduate programmes, Higher Degree by Research programs and courses at the pre-university level, specifically designed to pave the way for students to meet university entrance standards.

The private university offers degrees in Business, Commerce, Information Technology, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Science and Healthcare as well as Early Childhood Education. The tuition fee for most courses ranges from 52,00 SGD to 59,000 SGD.

JCU’s employment rate is 64.1% for overall employment and 36.9% for full-time permanent employment. The university also has facilities to cater to the various needs and of students such as Multi-Purpose Halls for sporting and Technology-Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) rooms or Apple Rooms for collaboration.

JCU also offers Merit Scholarships for students who have excelled academically. They have 3 categories of scholarships which offer 100%,50% and 25% scholarships in an academic year.

Raffles College of Higher Education

Address: 51 Merchant Rd, Singapore 058283

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The Raffles College of Higher Education is a premier design and business private educational institution that aims at bringing students personalised, boutique and exclusive hands-on design learning experience. The private university has bagged awards such as the World Branding Awards as well as the IAIR corporate award for Best Company for Leadership in Private Education in Asia Pacific 2015 and Excellence of the Year for Leadership in Education in Asia 2016.

The private university offers undergraduate degrees primarily in the areas of design and merchandising. This includes degrees like Fashion Design, Game Design and Interior Design as well as Fashion Communication and Journalism and Fashion Marketing.

The fees for most undergraduate programmes on average is 25,000 SGD. The school’s overall employment rate stands at 41.7% with their employment in Full-Time Permanent Employment standing at 25%.

The school also boasts impressive facilities such as dance and design studios as well as digital media labs for students to explore their creative talents. They are also located near town, making for a sweet spot for lively and bustling student life.

Amity Global Institute

Address: 101 Penang Road, Singapore 238466

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Amity is part of the leading world-wide Amity Education Group, which has over two decades of experience in education.

As a private university, they deliver a range of bachelor’s degree courses in Singapore in collaboration with four university partners to help students in advancing their professional growth. The school is affiliated with the University of London, University of Northampton, Teesside University and University for the Creative Arts.

Amity offers Bachelors in Accounting and Finance, Business and Data Management, Business and Cybersecurity, Computer Science and Law. The course fee is $30,000SGD on average for most undergraduate courses.

The university also offers scholarships for students who have excelled academically. Students would not only be given financial remuneration but they would also be offered an internship at Amity. More information can be found here.

LSBF (London School of Business & Finance) Singapore

Address: 143 Cecil Street #13-00, #18-00 & #23-00 (School) #23-00 (Main reception) Singapore, 069542

London School of Business and Finance Singapore
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LSBF is a private university in Singapore that is ranked 600 in Best Global Universities. The university offers undergraduate degrees in Business, Hospitality, Logistics, Accounting and Finance, Technology and even a diploma in Law.

LSBF Singapore has also fulfilled the requirements under the EduTrust Terms and Conditions. The EduTrust award is given to private education institutions for having achieved good performance in key areas of management and the provision of educational services.

The award also enables these institutions to welcome international students into their campuses.

For more information on the course fee and structure, do make sure to make an inquiry on their website.

Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health

Address: 168 Jalan Bukit Merah, #02-05 Tower 3, Singapore 150168

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Established in 2008, Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health is the education arm of Parkway Pantai Limited and focuses on the niche fields of nursing, allied health and healthcare management. As an Approved Training Organisation by SkillsFuture Singapore, Parkway College provides courses that are of high quality within the Continuous Education and Training framework.

The private university offers Diploma in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging and Bachelor of Science in Optometry and Clinical practice. Their overall employment rate stands at 83.3% while their full-time employment rate is 61.1%.

Parkway College is equipped with a wide range of training facilities including audio-visual aids to support training. This includes having classrooms equipped with AV training aids, Nursing Skills Laboratories and Optometry Laboratory.

An array of options for the beginning of your new journey

We hope that our list has provided you with more insight into the private university options out there and what they have to offer! Should you want to glean more information on other routes you could explore post-tertiary education, do check out our article on 13 post-graduate paths after a “bad” GPA in polytechnic.

If you would like to explore local university options instead, you could also head over to our other article detailing information about which local university to apply to.

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