Entry Routes

Anyone can study CIMA, whether you’re new to business and accounting or already have some experience. The only requirements are competence in mathematics and the English language.

Find your best entry route

Before registering, find out more about your entry route including information on possible exemptions and where you'll begin studying.

School leavers

Are you about to leave school or college? Are you interested in a rewarding and successful career in business? CIMA can offer you an alternative qualification to university that is highly valued by employers worldwide.

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Undergraduates and graduates

Are you a university student or recent graduate looking to start your career in business or finance? Graduates in any degree discipline can study CIMA and get a head start in the job market.

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MBA and Master's in Accounting holders

Adding a professional qualification to your MBA or Master’s in Accounting will give you an even stronger advantage in the job market. Find out about the Master’s Gateway accelerated route into CIMA.

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Students or members of other professional bodies

Want to accelerate your career? Whether you’re still studying or you’ve progressed to membership at a recognised IFAC body, it’s important to think about what you want to achieve next.

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Everyone else

Anyone can study CIMA, whether you already work in business and finance, want to change career or even hope to run your own business. Find out how you can study CIMA if you don’t fit into any of the above entry routes.

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How much will it cost?

As a CIMA student, you’ll pay a one-off registration fee, an annual subscription (though your first year is free) and a fee per exam or exemption.

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Ready to register?

Registration is easy, and, if you sign up today you'll get the rest of 2016 and 2017 subscriptions for free - that's a total saving of £135!

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Starting CIMA

  1. Identify your entry route and register with CIMA
  2. Apply for exemptions if required
  3. Choose your study method
  4. Schedule your first exam