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Business Management and Marketing BA (Hons) professional bodies and accreditations

Chartered Management Institute logoChartered Management Institute (CMI)

CMI is a UK-based organisation that supports managers with ongoing professional development and guidance. They offer accreditation using the National Qualification Framework, from level 2 for aspiring managers, to level 8 for C-level managers.

CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (subject to CMI moderation)

On successful completion of the degree you will be awarded the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership. The Diploma is awarded for successfully completing the following core modules:

  • Introduction to Management Theory (Year one)
  • Financial Decision Making (Year one)
  • Contemporary Marketing Practice (Year one)
  • Fundamentals of Accounting (Year two)
  • Research Project/Dissertation (Year three)

Chartered Institute of Management Accounting logoChartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA)

CIMA is a UK body that supports management accountants with professional development and guidance. They provide a range of qualifications in accounting, including a Certificate in Business Accounting and professional qualifications at Operational, Management and Strategic level.

CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting

On successful completion of our programme you can claim exemptions from CIMA’s Certificate in Business Accounting (Certificate Level).

Exemption means you will not need further assessment on a similar topic to achieve the professional qualification. These apply on attainment of the following core and optional modules:

  • Introduction to Management Theory (Core, year one)
  • Financial Decision Making (Core, year one)
  • Contemporary Business Issues (Core, year one)
  • Fundamentals of Accounting (Core, year two)
  • Management Accounting (Option, year two)
  • Business Law (Option, year two)

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting logoChartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA)

CIPFA is a UK-based institute for accountancy professionals in public services. They provide education and training in accountancy and financial management.

CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualification

On successful completion of our programme you can claim exemptions at two levels of CIPFA Professional Accountancy Qualifications. These apply after successfully completing the following core and optional modules:

Professional Certificate

  • Fundamentals of Accounting (Core, year two)
  • Management Accounting (Option, year two)
  • International Financial Reporting (Option, year three)

Professional Diploma

  • Business Law (Option, year two)
  • Corporate Finance (Option, year two)
  • Leadership in Organisations (Option, year two)
  • Management of Organisational Change (Option, year three)

Market Research Society logoMarket Research Society (MRS)

The MRS is the code-holding body within the UK for ethical standards in market and social research. All centres which are awarded MRS-accredited status are required to abide by both the standards and the values embodied in the MRS’s Code of Conduct.

St Mary’s university is an Accredited MRS Centre and students recruited onto the course meet or exceed the minimum entry requirements for the MRS qualification.

As an MRS Accredited Centre, St Mary’s provides an appropriate programme of support to enable students to meet the learning outcomes of the qualification.

The qualifying modules are:

  • COM4003: Consumer, Shopper and Audience Behaviour
  • MGT5028: Marketing Strategy and Implementation
  • MGT5029: Contemporary Marketing Practice
  • COM5005: Research Methods
  • MGT5030: Research Methods in Business and Management

Students can choose from any of the above modules to be exempt from taking the MRS Certificate syllabus requirements and assessment.


Chartered Institute of Marketing Graduate Gateway logoThe Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

*The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners.

St Mary’s University, Twickenham has joined forces with CIM to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through the CIM Graduate Gateway. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers, and their content is reflected in our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

Graduate Gateway (GG) with The Chartered Institute of Marketing

The following degrees have been successfully mapped and awarded Graduate Gateway status from the The Chartered Institute of Marketing: