Manchester Metropolitan University


Strategic Business Management (Professionally Qualified) – Campus delivery’

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • You will be taught in the internationally recognsied multi-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus. Watch the video to find out more.
  • This programme has an advanced standing route for students who have relevant professional qualifications. Through advanced standing we can give you academic credit for your current qualifications. Consequently you only need to study selected units and can achieve an MSc in a shorter time frame. The tuition fees for this route are also lower because you only pay for the units you need to take rather than having to study all the units for the MSc.
  • This programme is delivered by academics with professional qualifications in Accounting alongside business consultants whose skills and expertise have been underpinned by academic study and several years  experience delivering professional training programmes to both individuals and organisations operating within the sector.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

You study two units: Academic and Professional Development; and a dissertation. (If you are an affiliate of CIMA you will study an additional 10 credit unit: Key Issues in Business Management)

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Key Issues in Business and Management (KIBM) (10 credits)

This unit involves self-directed study under the guidance of a tutor.  An individual schedule will be agreed with you at induction. You will receive a range of assignment titles and you can choose a topic that you wish to research. The topic can be a leading edge concept or new development relevant to your work or it can be new approaches to an existing business process. The assessment is by a 3,000 word assignment.

Who is KIBM for?

This unit is for students who are a CIMA Affiliate who wishes to study for MSc Strategic Business Management (campus based). 

What does KIBM lead on to?

A student with Affiliate status can obtain Accredited Prior Learning of 80 credits.On completion of the KIBM unit, you will be able to proceed onto the block dissertation course.  This is six days between February – October.  This block course represents 90 credits.  The students will therefore have gained the 180 credits required for a Masters degree. 

Academic and Professional Development 

This unit equips you with the knowledge and skills to identify and investigate accounting issues and practices that will stimulate and support improvements to the accounting and finance strategies and practices of organisations.

You will have the opportunity in this unit, and later through the dissertation, to research a live accounting issue; for example it could be an assessment of the impact of financial reporting standards; an investigation of the effect of the economic climate on management control practices; or an evaluation of sustainability reporting practices in a business sector. The choice of topic will be yours, and you will have the opportunity to follow your interest and develop a real area of expertise. 


The dissertation is your opportunity to undertake a significant applied research project into a particular accounting issue of your interest. Building on the work you undertake in the Academic and Professional Development Unit, you will conduct original research, usually in an organisational setting, with a view to making practical recommendations for organisational practice and deepening the understanding of the issue amongst accounting professionals and commentators.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

You must be a registered CIMA member or affiliate to apply for this course.

Manchester Metropolitan University and CIMA reserve the right to refuse to accept students onto this programme.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Download our course application form. There are instructions on what to do next and who to send the form to in the Word document.

Career options after the course

This MSc is an exciting opportunity for CIMA members and affiliates to gain an advanced qualification that represents the next step on their professional ladder, or provides them with the opportunity to advance or change their career.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.