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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:

University degrees that link to CII 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

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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.

Benefits of 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 recognition of prior learning guide for universities and other awarding bodies.

Students who complete academic and CII professional qualifications at the same time

A number of universities actively promote CII qualifications to their students who may complete CII qualification units at the same time as their degree. The advantage is they graduate with both academic and professional qualifications which increases their employment prospects:

  • Coventry University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Northampton
  • University of the West of England

Post-ACII progression

We have agreements with a small number of UK universities that standardise progression from CII qualifications to a range of degrees, available by distance learning, online learning or classroom-based.