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Centre for Financial and Management Studies (CeFiMS)

Individual Professional Awards

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Minimum Entry Requirements: You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline depending on the modules you are interested in undertaking. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.

Start of programme: October / January / April / June

Mode of Attendance: Distance Learning

Fees: £1,750

For those looking to update their professional skills, specialise in a particular area, or see if distance learning is right for them without the commitment of a full programme, an Individual Professional Award (IPA) is the perfect option.

IPA graduates will be awarded a University of London certificate, and will then have the option of extending their IPA into a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master's programme, providing they have achieved a pass mark of 50% or more on modules already taken that are relevant to the subsequent Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master's.


For each module that you choose to study, you will complete two assignments each worth 15% of your total marks. 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 of Week 8. You will also sit a three-hour examination held on a specific date in October, worth 70% of the total mark.


  • Advanced Topics in Valuation
  • Bank Financial Management
  • Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises
  • Banking and Capital Markets
  • Banking Strategy
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Decentralisation and Local Governance
  • E-Government
  • Econometric Analysis and Applications
  • Econometric Principles and Data Analysis
  • The Economy of China
  • The Economy of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
  • Finance in the Global Market
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Financial Law
  • Financial Reporting (IFRS)
  • Financial Reporting (IPSAS)
  • Human Resources Management and Development
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Finance
  • The International Monetary Fund and Economic Policy
  • Introduction to Valuation
  • Law and Regulation of Electronic Finance and Internet Banking
  • Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance
  • Legal Aspects of International Finance
  • Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets
  • Management Accounting
  • Management in China
  • Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Management Information in Business
  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Managing the Transnational Corporation
  • Microeconomic Principles and Policy
  • Modelling Firms and Markets
  • Privatisation and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Project Appraisal
  • Project, Programme and Policy Evaluation
  • Public Financial Management: Audit and Compliance
  • Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance
  • Public Financial Management: Revenue
  • Public Policy and Management: Development Assistance
  • Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues
  • Public Policy and Strategy
  • Regulation of Infrastructure and Utilities
  • Regulation of International Capital Markets
  • Research Methods
  • Risk Management: Principles and Applications

To find out more about Individual Professional Awards, or to apply, please visit the Centre for Financial and Management Studies website.