Undergraduates and graduates

From university to CIMA

Are you a university student or recent graduate looking to start your career in business or finance? Graduates in any degree discipline can boost their job market opportunities by studying with CIMA.

At a glance:

  • Graduates in any degree discipline can study CIMA
  • Exemptions available if you have completed a relevant degree
  • Option to begin your CIMA studies while at university and graduate with a head start in the job market.

Studying CIMA after university and boosting your degree with a professional qualification is a strong career move. You’ll gain new, employable business skills and experience, and you’ll impress potential employers just by adding ‘CIMA student’ to your CV.

You can even begin your CIMA studies while at university and graduate ahead of the competition. You don’t need a relevant degree to start your CIMA studies; graduates in any degree discipline can study CIMA. You’ll start with the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting. It’s a recognised qualification in its own right and can also be a stepping-stone to the CIMA Professional Qualification.

If you’ve already completed a relevant degree, like accounting or business, you may be entitled to exemptions from some CIMA exams, allowing you to progress onto the Professional Qualification sooner.

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Employers offering CIMA

There are thousands of companies worldwide who recognise the value of CIMA qualified staff and happily support their employees as they study. Some employers offer benefits to CIMA students, such as paid study leave, help with fees and covering tuition costs.

Take a look at our list of employers who qualify their staff with CIMA.

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CIMA works with a huge range of employers who will sponsor graduates to study the CIMA qualification. You can find the latest job vacancies and graduate schemes on CIMA My Jobs.

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CIMA Grad Club

Available to UK undergraduates and graduates

If you’re a UK university student, whatever your degree discipline, you can join CIMA's Grad Club for free. By using all the club’s resources, you can learn new skills, improve your interview technique, get noticed by employers and chat to other undergraduates in the forums. 

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Combining my university studies while also studying the qualification, along with the practical skills I’m developing, will prove invaluable throughout my career.

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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

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.

See the full fee list