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University links


We enjoy good relationships with universities across the UK and globally and there are a small number of universities that offer specialist degrees that link to our professional qualifications:

Graduates from other UK universities who have studied a degree in one of the following areas can claim our 'standard award', which gives credits towards our professional qualifications in financial services and insurance:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics / Statistics / Actuarial Science / Investment Analysis

Read more about applying for these credits »

That said, many graduates who enter our profession do not have a finance-related degree. What they do have is the right set of soft skills (such as communication, problem-solving, teamwork, empathy) that make them attractive to clients and effective in the workplace.

If you are a student at a UK university and you would like to build your knowledge and network, you can apply for our low-cost Discover membership scheme here »

 

Post-ACII progression

The CII has agreements with a small number of UK universities that standardises progression from ACII to a range of degrees, available by distance learning, online learning or classroom-based.

Edinburgh Napier University - BA Financial Services Management - distance learning, top-up degree

Glasgow Caledonian University - MSc Risk Management - distance learning or classroom-based, full-time or part-time

University of Leicester - various Masters degrees - distance learning, full-time or part-time

University of Plymouth - BSc Management Practice - online, top-up degree

University of Westminster - MSc Finance, Banking and Insurance - classroom-based, full-time

 

Benefits of an awarding body or university liaising directly with the CII

Whilst the scheme is for individuals there are advantages of an awarding body liaising directly with the CII.

Benefits for the awarding body
• Certainty of the maximum award entitlement for students
• Guidance on wording for potential students in your marketing material
• Reduced administration

Benefits for the individual applicant
• Faster processing
• Reduced administration

For details of the recognition of prior learning scheme, standards and a submission form please refer to the recogniton of prior learning guide for universities and other awarding bodies »