University of Essex

Professional accreditation and membership

We have close links with many leading professional bodies and industry associations.

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

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 providers.

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)

ACCA Accredited

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.

Read our recent PRME report

CIPD

CIPD

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 development.

CMI

CMI HE Partner

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)

ACCA

Many of our accounting, banking and finance degrees are associated with exemptions from professional ACCA exams.

At undergraduate level, these include: BSc Accounting; BSc Accounting and Finance; BSc Accounting and Management; BSc Accounting with Economics; BSc Finance; BSc Financial Management; and 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.

Our MSc 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 Business Law.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

CIMA logo

Many of our accounting and finance undergraduate courses are associated with exemptions from professional Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations, including:  BSc Accounting; BSc Accounting and Finance;  BSc Accounting and Management; BSc Accounting with Economics; BSc Finance and BSc Financial Management.

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 organisation’s website.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

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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 entry-level qualification.

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.

Disclaimer

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.