Centre for Financial and Management Studies

Finance and Management short courses

Key information

10 weeks, plus an examination
Start of programme
October / January / April / July
Attendance mode
Distance learning

IPA (1 module): £1,820

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.

See English language requirements

Course overview

Individual Professional Award (IPA)

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.

    To find out more about Individual Professional Awards, please see how to apply (online and distance learning)..


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

    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.


    Module Credits
    Bank Financial Management 30
    Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises 30
    Banking Strategy 30
    Banking and Capital Markets 30
    Corporate Finance 30
    Corporate Governance 30
    Corporate and Investment Banking 30
    Decentralisation and Local Governance 30
    Doing Business in Africa 30
    Econometric Analysis and Applications 30
    Econometric Principles and Data Analysis 30
    Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 30
    Finance in the Global Market 30
    Financial Econometrics 30
    Financial Engineering 30
    Financial Law 30
    Financial Reporting 30
    Human Resource Management and Development 30
    International Business Strategy 30
    International Finance 30
    Introduction to Law and Finance 30
    Introduction to Valuation 30
    Law and Regulation of Electronic Finance and Internet Banking 30
    Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance 30
    Legal Aspects of International Finance 30
    Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets 30
    Management Information in Business 30
    Managing Organisational Change 30
    Managing the Transnational Corporation 30
    Microeconomic Principles and Policy 30
    Modelling Firms and Markets 30
    Portfolio and Fund Management 30
    Privatisation and Public Private Partnerships 30
    Project Appraisal 30
    Project, Programme and Policy Evaluation 30
    Public Financial Management: Audit and Compliance 30
    Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance 30
    Public Financial Management: Revenue 30
    Public Policy and Management: Development Assistance 30
    Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues 30
    Public Policy and Strategy 30
    Regulation of International Capital Markets 30
    Research Methods (M453) 30
    Retail Banking and Household Finance 30
    Risk Management: Principles and Applications 30
    The Business and Economy of China 30
    The Business and Economy of MENA 30
    The IMF and Economic Policy 30


    Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules

    Teaching and learning

    Each module lasts 10 weeks and examinations are held in late September/October. Students are registered for a maximum of two years.

    Key dates and calendar

    To find out when a particular module is running, please view the study calendar on each individual module page.

    See our online and distance learning key dates

    Fees and funding

    Tuition fees 2022/23 

    IPA (single module) 

    Fees are inclusive of all required resources. Whilst we incorporate all of the costs into your module fees, depending on your country of residence, you may incur local costs such as: fees paid to local examination centres for sitting your examinations.

    Fees may increase each year, therefore may be higher in subsequent years of study. See online and distance learning fees for further information.

    Pay as you learn

    Our distance learning programmes can be paid in full at the time of enrolment (thus avoiding any subsequent rise in fees).or on a pay-as-you-learn basis. Pay as you learn means you only pay for the module you are enrolling on. 

    How to apply

    Please read our online and distance learning how to apply guidance and use our online form to submit your application directly to us for consideration.