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Earn and learn scheme for accountants

Published: 23rd June 2011

BUSY finance professionals could add a degree to their CVs thanks to a unique partnership in the UK.

Manchester Metropolitan University and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants have teamed up to link professional qualifications to a fast-track university degree. Students can top up their accountancy exams to gain the degree award without having to enrol on a lengthy higher education course.

“If you are in work or have chosen to study CIMA instead of going to university, you can still achieve your degree”, explained Paul Summers, senior lecturer in accounting at the University’s Business School.

CIMA is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants with 183,000 members and students and 4,000 companies globally offering CIMA training. The new distance learning degree is designed to dovetail with the CIMA Certificate and Diploma and could be reached, say lecturers, in one year.

Job opportunities

Robert Jelly, Executive Director of CIMA Education said: “We are delighted to enter into this partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University to provide our students with the opportunity to obtain a degree while they progress through the CIMA qualification.

“The combination of an honours degree and membership of the world’s leading and largest professional management accounting body enhances both job opportunities across a wide range of roles in business and government and the ability to be internationally mobile.”

MMU is the first higher education institution chosen by CIMA to run the degree – a BA (Hons) in Sustainable Performance Management.

Professor Ruth Ashford, Dean of MMU Business School, said: “For financial services professionals, this is a very attractive pathway to develop their status and career.

“We were delighted to be invited to design a degree for CIMA members. It’s very satisfying to work with them on a project that gives the University global reach.”

Commercial insights

The programme is specifically designed to give students commercial insight and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to become successful, responsible, financial and business professionals.

“Although demand for degrees is huge we are talking about students who are busy professionals and who may live anywhere across the globe, so the programme is entirely delivered online with a great deal of online tutorial support,” added Paul Summers.

The honours degree will be launched in July 2011 and a Masters for fully qualified CIMA members will be available from January 2012.

Contact Paul Summers p.summers@mmu.ac.uk for more information.