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

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 3-hour examination held on a specific date in October, worth 70% of the total mark.

    Module and study calendar 2023/24

    Module S1 S2 S3 S4
      24/10/2023 23/1/2024 9/4/2024 18/6/2024
    Bank Financial Management X   X  
    Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking Crises     X  
    Banking and Capital Markets     X  
    Banking Strategy X   X  
    Corporate and Investment Banking     X  
    Corporate Finance X X    
    Corporate Governance   X   X
    Decentralisation and Local Governance X   X  
    Doing Business in Africa   X    
    Econometric Analysis and Applications       X
    Econometric Principles and Data Analysis       X
    Environmental and Social Impact Assessment   X    
    Finance in the Global Market     X  
    Financial Econometrics X      
    Financial Engineering       X
    Financial Law       X
    Financial Reporting X      
    Human Resource Management and Development       X
    International Business Strategy       X
    International Finance   X    
    Introduction to Law and Finance X      
    Introduction to Valuation   X    
    Law and Regulation of Electronic Finance and Internet Banking   X    
    Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance       X
    Legal Aspects of International Finance     X  
    Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets X   X  
    Management Information in Business X      
    Managing Organisational Change     X  
    Managing the Transnational Corporation     X  
    Microeconomic Principles and Policy   X    
    Modelling Firms and Markets X      
    Portfolio and Fund Management       X
    Privatisation and Public Private Partnerships       X
    Project Appraisal     X  
    Project, Programme and Policy Evaluation       X
    Public Financial Management: Audit and Compliance       X
    Public Financial Management: Planning and Performance   X    
    Public Financial Management: Revenue X   X  
    Public Policy and Management: Development Assistance X X    
    Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and Issues     X  
    Public Policy and Strategy X      
    Regulation of International Capital Markets   X    
    Research Methods   X   X
    Retail Banking and Household Finance   X    
    Risk Management: Principles and Applications X   X  
    The Business and Economy of China       X
    The Business and Economy of MENA   X    
    The IMF and Economic Policy   X   X


    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 2-years.

    Key dates and calendar

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

    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.