Professional accreditation and membership
We have close links with many leading professional bodies and industry
Many of our courses are professionally accredited and give you exemptions
from some professional exams. This means you can gain a professional
qualification quicker, by taking fewer exams after you graduate. Professional
accreditation gives your career a head start by allowing you to move into a
professional role faster.
Chartered Association of Business Schools
As a member of the Chartered Association
of Business Schools (CABS), we’re proud to be part of a professional
body that represents the UK’s leading business schools and higher education
CABS supports its members to maintain world-class standards of teaching
and research and helps to shape policy by creating opportunities for
dialogue with business and government.
UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
As a champion of ethical business practices, Essex Business School is a
signatory of the UN Principles for
Responsible Management Education (PRME). We’re committed to implementing
its founding six principles and sharing best practice with other academic
institutions to ensure that our students – the future business leaders –
deliver sustainable value for business, society and the economy.
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Our MSc Human Resource Management is
CIPD accredited, enabling you to upgrade your Student Membership to
Associate Member status, and use the designatory letters ‘Assoc CIPD’ after your
name, upon successful completion of the course.
The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. The not for
profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting
the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more
than 100 years. It has more than 135,000 members across the world, provides
thought leadership through independent research on the world of work, and offers
professional training and accreditation for those working in HR and learning and
The Essex MBA is accredited by CMI (the Chartered Management Institute).
CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting
the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.
It is the only
organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, the hallmark of any professional
manager, and encompasses a membership community more than 120,000 strong.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Many of our accounting, banking and finance degrees are associated with
exemptions from professional ACCA exams.
At undergraduate level, these include:
BSc Banking and Finance. Depending on the degree or options you study, you
can currently take up to six exemptions from ACCA’s professional examination
papers, including: F1 Accountant in Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3
Financial Accounting; F4 Corporate and Business Law; F5 Performance Management
and F7 Financial Reporting.
Accounting and Financial Management also entitles you to exemption from up
to four ACCA professional examination papers, including: F1 Accountant in
Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3 Financial Accounting and F4 Corporate and
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
Many of our accounting and finance undergraduate courses are associated with
exemptions from professional Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
(CIMA) examinations, including:
Depending on the degree and module options you choose, you can currently
obtain up to seven exemptions from the CIMA's professional examination papers,
including: C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting; C02 Fundamentals of
Financial Accounting; C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics; C04 Fundamentals
of Business Economics; C05 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and
Business Law; P1 Performance Operations; F2 Financial Management.
Further details of the CIMA Exemptions can be found on the
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Many of our undergraduate accounting courses are associated with
exemptions from professional
Institute of Chartered
Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) examinations. These include:
Depending on the course and modules you choose and your module/degree grades,
you can currently take up to three exemptions from the ICAEW's certificate level
examinations, including Business and Finance, Law and Management Information. To
be eligible for credit based exemptions, the ICAEW requires that you apply for
credit within five years of completion and have achieved a minimum mark of 50%
in all modules of your degree relevant to your application for credit.
CFA Recognised Partner
Essex Business School is a Recognised Partner of the
Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA). Our
MSc Finance and Investment covers more than 70% of the CFA Programme
Candidate Body of Knowledge.
Our partner status enables us to award up-to five exceptional students each
year with a scholarship that goes towards the fees for the CFA Program Level One
exam. This accolade is one way to enhance your CV if you're interested in
pursuing a career in investment management.
You can read more about this scholarship on our
fees and scholarship page.
IMC Advantage Partner
The Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK) represents the
interests of around 11,000 investment professionals and its Investment
Management Certificate (IMC) is the most widely-recognised and established
qualification of its kind in the UK. The IMC is taken by staff in leading
investment firms in the UK and overseas and is the industry's benchmark
Essex Business School is an
IMC Advantage Partner and our degrees are aligned to the Investment
Management Certificate syllabus.
Courses which have IMC Advantage Partner status are:
We can award up-to three exceptional undergraduates with a
scholarship for the IMC Advantage Programme each year.
The University of Essex reserves the right to cancel modules or change the
learning outcomes and content of modules at any time and without notice. This
may affect the exemptions you may receive from all or some of the professional
bodies. In addition, the professional bodies may change the number of exemptions
they award to degrees at their discretion and without notice.
The accreditation information is for guidance only. You will only receive
formal notification of any exemptions when you register as a student member with
one of the professional bodies.