Worldwide success for CIMA degree graduates

International CIMA students at their recent graduation

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) President, Andrew Miskin, and Vice-President, David Stanford, joined international students in Manchester as they graduated from the highly successful CIMA degree programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Students from as far away as Australia, Canada and Zambia visited Manchester this July, to celebrate their graduation, as the courses saw their highest pass rates since they began in 2011.

David Stanford said: “CIMA firmly believes that learning should be a lifelong pursuit and we are proud to be working with Manchester Metropolitan University to deliver courses that build on students’ existing CIMA qualifications. Distance learning gives students flexibility and ease aided by the huge advances in technology that have made such courses more accessible and dynamic than ever before. I look forward to deepening CIMA’s relationship with Manchester Met to support more students and members in advancing their careers.”

The programmes, provided by the Business School, offers CIMA members the opportunity to ‘top up’ their qualification to a masters or undergraduate degree. The one-year, online courses enable professionals to complete the part-time study at a flexible and independent pace, around their existing work commitments.

Gavin Brown, Programme Leader for MSc Strategic Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “The programme continues to go from strength to strength as we enter the 6th year of our partnership with CIMA. Current and past students benefit from leveraging their existing qualifications with CIMA which reduces both the time and cost of higher education study here with us at Manchester Met. Moreover, both students and employers have benefited significantly from the research of students which adds commercial value as well as improved skills and CPD recognition as they develop in their respective careers.”

Professor Chris Pyke, Associate Dean & Head of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, said: “Our Masters programme for CIMA qualified accountants continues to grow in size and stature.  The programme is designed to develop students’ ability to reflect and react in today’s fast-changing business environment. Students who recently graduated from the programme commented that they are better able to critically analyse business challenges and therefore develop better strategies to meet company objectives.”

Global interest

Due to the online nature of the programmes, there is a high level of global interest, with students from 28 different countries enrolling. The courses offer an invaluable opportunity to onset research, and provide students the opportunity to further this for future research reports and materials.

Manchester Met offers two top-up degree courses for CIMA students and members, an MSc in Strategic Business Management and a BA (Hons) in Sustainable Performance Management. For more information on these programmes, visit