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Undergraduates and graduates

Whether you’re still at university or you’ve already graduated, you could increase your chances of career success by studying with CIMA to become a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), whatever your degree subject.

If you already hold a relevant degree (in business or finance), you're entitled to exam exemptions meaning you'll qualify sooner. And if you're still at university, you can start studying the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting straight away, giving you a head start in the job market when you graduate.  

Take a look at the CIMA difference comparison chart to see what makes us different from other accounting bodies.

Exemptions for relevant degrees

If you have a degree in a relevant subject, you could be entitled to exam exemptions. See our exemption search to check.

Why study CIMA?

Whatever career you’re considering, a globally recognised CIMA qualification will equip you with the up-to-date knowledge and practical experience employers are looking for. You’ll also pick up new, business relevant skills, like decision-making, financial strategy and risk management. Combined with your degree, you’ll have a huge advantage over others entering the profession.     

As a Chartered Global Management Accountant with the letters CGMA after your name, you won’t just support and inform business decisions; you’ll make them.

 There are two qualifications available:

Further information about the study options available for each qualification (tuition classes, online study or self study) can be found on the above pages.

CIMA in consultancy

Many CIMA students/members work in management consulting. We work with the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms – Deloitte, KPMG, PwC and Ernst & Young – among thousands of other employers offering staff the opportunity to study CIMA alongside a consulting role.

The CIMA syllabus focuses on strategic business skills and decision-making techniques as well as financial accounting, making it highly relevant in the consultancy arena..

Undergraduate Club

Join CIMA’s Undergraduate Club for free and be the first to know about the latest graduate jobs and employer events, plus get exclusive access to industry updates, salary surveys, interview tips and more. You don’t need to be a CIMA member to join; the Undergraduate Club is open to all UK students from any degree discipline.

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

Some employers offer benefits to CIMA students, such as paid study leave, help with fees and covering tuition costs.

Salary calculator

Our latest survey revealed that qualified CIMA members in the UK earn more than twice the national average: up to £61,816 in basic salary plus £6,144 in bonus payments. CIMA students earn an average of £32,294 a year, over £5,000 higher than the national average.

Use our handy salary calculator to get an idea of how much you could earn.

Find a job

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

How much does 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 for a breakdown.

Self-fund your qualification

If you want to enter the job market with a huge head start, register as a CIMA student today and tell employers you’re serious about your future. It costs just £77 to register and your first year’s subscription is free.

Boost your university degree by adding ‘CIMA student’ to your CV (you can even include your unique CIMA ID number for employers to look up in our database) and learn skills that will help you move up through the ranks quickly.

Once you’ve secured a role your employer may agree to fund your studies, making that initial £77 investment well worth it.

Find out more about being a CIMA pioneer and self-funding a management accounting qualification.