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Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

Individual Professional Awards


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Start of programme: November / February / April / June / August

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Fees: £1,245

The Individual Professional Awards programme offers people in the financial and management sector a very effective form of flexible professional education. Our modules are designed to each rigorously explore themes in depth. The modules have all been designed and constructed by professionals whose own research is at the forefront of current thinking.

An IPA can be a very useful way of testing whether Distance Learning is the method for you if you have any doubt about making the commitment involved in a full programme. When you have completed an IPA successfully, you will be awarded a University of London certificate. If the IPA is related to a module on the MSc or Postgraduate Diploma that you want to enrol for and you have achived a pass mark of 50% or more, then you can be awarded credit towards that programme.


Students are individually assigned an academic tutor for the duration of the module, with whom you can discuss academic queries at regular intervals during the study session.

You are required to complete two Assignments for this module, which will be marked by your tutor. Assignments are each worth 15% of your total mark. You will be expected to submit your first assignment by the Tuesday of Week 5, and the second assignment at the end of the module, on the Tuesday after Week 8. Assignments are submitted and feedback given online. In addition, queries and problems can be answered through the Virtual Learning Environment.

You will also sit a three-hour examination on a specified date in October, worth 70% of your total mark. An up-to-date timetable of examinations is published on the website in April each year.



You can choose a module from any of the Distance Learning programmes available. You may take up to three modules in total.


Taking an Individual Professional Course will provide you with valuable training and help you advance in your career in fund management institutions, banks, governments, public services, international organisations and NGOs.

A Student's Perspective

...this area of study will enable me to equip myself with the critical knowledge and skill not only to permeate into the Ghanaian society with the right strategies to help mitigate the enormity of the impoverishment...

Eric Chimsi, Ghana