Professional exemptions for MBA study

If you have an accountancy qualification from the ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW, or a professional qualification from the CIPD, CMI or CIM, you can apply for up to 60 credits worth of module exemptions from one of our online MBA programmes, saving you both time and money as you top up to a full MBA.

Whether you want an MBA to advance your career, increase your earning potential, open up global employment opportunities or simply to set yourself a new challenge; our online MBA courses will help you to achieve your goals.

How does this work?

Our MBA courses have been created with pre-mapped professional exemptions, recognising the advanced study you have already completed as part of your professional qualification. Depending on your chosen pathway, you may be awarded up to 60 credits from a 180 credit MBA programme. This will reduce both the time it will take you to complete your MBA and the amount of tuition you will need to pay, potentially saving you up to £4,000 in fees.

As an MBA applicant, you should have one of the professional qualifications listed in the table below and at least three years of relevant senior work experience. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5.

Why study online?

The MBA is one of the most popular postgraduate courses to be studied via distance learning and our online programmes attract students from all over the world. You’ll be able to learn from your classmates, share ideas, create professional networks and make friendships which last well beyond the academic experience.

Professional Qualifications and MBA Pathways

Professional qualification

MBA programme

Credits awarded

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

MBA (Finance)


Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

MBA (Marketing)


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

MBA (Finance)


Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

MBA (Human Resources)


Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)*

MBA (Finance)


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)*



*We are currently in the process of confirming module exemptions for this qualification. Please contact us for more information.

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