Accreditations and memberships

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We are proud to have close links with many leading professional bodies and industry associations. 

Many of our courses are professionally accredited and give you exemptions from some professional exams. This means you can gain a professional qualification quicker, by taking fewer exams after you graduate. Professional accreditation gives your career a head start by allowing you to move into a professional role faster.

Professional accreditations

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

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Many of our accounting, banking and finance degrees are associated with exemptions from professional ACCA exams.



At undergraduate level, these include:

Depending on the degree or options you study, you could be entitled all nine exemptions from ACCA’s professional examination papers:

  • Accountant in Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Performance Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Financial Management
  • Taxation

At postgraduate level, the following courses entitle you to exemption from up to four ACCA professional examination papers:

The ACCA examination papers are:

  • Accountant in Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate and Business Law

Association of MBAs (AMBA)

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Our Essex MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Less than 2% of business schools can boast this accolade for their MBA and the AMBA affiliation can add huge value to your MBA qualification.

Choose from: 


Master of Business Administration: The Essex MBA

Master of Business Administration: The Essex Executive MBA

The Essex Online MBA

During study you will be able to access the full range of member benefits.

AMBA is a professional membership association that connects MBA students and graduates, accredited Business Schools and MBA employers throughout the world.

AMBA are committed to raising the profile and quality standards of business education internationally, for the benefit of Business Schools, students and alumni, employers, communities and society. AMBA describes its accreditation as the “gold standard” for management training around the world and is highly respected by managers and leaders globally.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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Many of our accounting and finance undergraduate courses are associated with exemptions from professional Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) examinations, including:


Depending on the degree and module options you choose, you can currently obtain up to seven exemptions from the CIMA's professional examination papers, including:

  • C01 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • C02 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • C03 Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • C04 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • C05 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law
  • P1 Performance Operations
  • F2 Financial Management

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

CIPD logoOur MSc Human Resource Management is accredited by CIPD, the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, they've been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development; they’re the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to individual HR professionals.

You will become a student member of CIPD when you sign up for the programme, giving you access to resources, networks and events.  Your membership lasts 18 months, meaning it extends beyond the end date of your course so you can continue to access CIPD resources and events as you enter the world of work. 

When you graduate, alongside your degree, you will be awarded a level 7 diploma from CIPD, which is considered an essential qualification around the world for HR professionals.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

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Both the full-time and executive versions of our MBA are accredited by CMI (the Chartered Management Institute). This means that, upon successful completion of the programme, you receive a Level 7 CMI Qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership in addition to your MBA. This would enable you to achieve full Chartered Manager (CMgr) status with CMI via their Fast Track to Chartered Status when you finish your studies. 

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

ICAEW Partner In Learning logoEssex Business School is recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students. Many of our undergraduate accounting courses are associated with exemptions from professional ICAEW examinations. These include:

Depending on the course and modules you choose and your module/degree grades, you can currently take up to five exemptions from the ICAEW's certificate level examinations, including:

  • Accounting
  • Assurance
  • Business, Technology and Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Law
  • Management Information
  • To be eligible for credit based exemptions, the ICAEW requires that you apply for credit within five years of completion and have achieved a minimum mark of 50% in all modules of your degree relevant to your application for credit.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT)

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Accredited Degree logoCILT is the membership organisation for professionals involved in the management of transportation and logistics systems and supply chains. Our MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a CILT (UK) accredited degree, giving you academic exemptions from either Membership (MILT) or Chartered Membership (CMILT) after graduation, as long as you have met the organisation’s additional requirements. Becoming a MILT or CMILT may give you the competitive edge when seeking to advance your career in the logistics and supply chain industries.


CFA® Institute University Affiliation Program

The University of Essex is a member of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. Our MSc Finance and Investment covers more than 70% of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge.

Our partner status enables us to award up-to six exceptional students each year with a scholarship that goes towards the fees for the CFA Program Level One exam, so you can start your journey of becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Achieving this accolade is one way to enhance your CV if you're interested in pursuing a career in investment management.

The scholarship covers the one-time CFA Program enrolment fee and reduces the exam registration fee (includes access to the curriculum eBook) to US$350, saving you at least US$960 in total. The scholarship is open to all University of Essex students in the third year of their undergraduate course, as well as Masters students. You can find out more by emailing

CFA and Chartered Financial Analyst are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.


Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Chartered Association of Business Schools logoAs a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), we’re proud to be part of a professional body that represents the UK’s leading business schools and higher education providers. CABS supports its members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research and helps to shape policy by creating opportunities for dialogue with business and government.

IMC Advantage Partner

The Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK (CFA UK) represents the interests of around 11,000 investment professionals and its Investment Management Certificate (IMC) is the most widely-recognised and established qualification of its kind in the UK. The IMC is taken by staff in leading investment firms in the UK and overseas and is the industry's benchmark entry-level qualification.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner, meaning we can award up-to three exceptional undergraduates with a scholarship for the two IMC Exams each year. This scholarship includes the registration and exam fees for both Unit One and Unit Two, as well as the Official Training Manual for each of these units.

Our degrees are aligned to the Investment Management Certificate syllabus. Courses which have IMC Advantage Partner status are:

You can find out more by emailing

UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

As a champion of ethical business practices, Essex Business School is an Advanced Signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

We’re committed to implementing its founding six principles and sharing best practice with other academic institutions to ensure that our students – future business leaders – deliver sustainable value for business, society and the economy.


The University of Essex reserves the right to cancel modules or change the learning outcomes and content of modules at any time and without notice. This may affect the exemptions you may receive from all or some of the professional bodies. In addition, the professional bodies may change the number of exemptions they award to degrees at their discretion and without notice.

The accreditation information is for guidance only. You will only receive formal notification of any exemptions when you register as a student member with one of the professional bodies.

CFA and Chartered Financial Analyst are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.