MSc Strategic Business Management (CIMA)

Complement your CIMA qualifications with a masters and take your next step towards securing a senior role.

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The changing environment businesses operate in means you need to keep learning and improving. The best way to stay current is to focus on the latest research and take your skills to the next level. 

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), we’ve designed this one-year course to top up your CIMA management or strategic level qualifications to masters level.

At the same time, you’ll develop key research and problem-solving skills. 

Our Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

Learn at your own pace

We deliver this course via our online learning platform. You’ll have online access to our extensive library and research materials, as well as one-to-one online support via email and Skype.

With a focus on research, you’ll develop commercial insight into your area of interest and feel confident applying the findings to your current workplace.

Your dissertation gives you the chance to conduct research into an accountancy area, make practical recommendations and deepen the understanding of the issue among the professional community.

Features and Benefits

  • Top up your CIMA qualification – our global partnership with CIMA gives you the opportunity to achieve a masters qualification and explore the latest thinking in your profession.
  • Flexible around you – this course has October and February start dates. Because it’s part time you’ll be able to fit your study around your existing commitments.
  • 1-2-1 support - your academic supervisor will support you throughout the course and share their expertise. Their feedback and guidance helps you reach your potential.
  • Study your own way – we deliver teaching through an interactive online portal.  There are no set lecture times so you can work through the units at your own pace.
  • Online community – you’ll learn with people across the globe and share best practice on our forums.
  • Academic and Professional Development – this unit is designed to help you identify and investigate accounting issues to find ways to improve strategies and practice.
  • Solve real business issues – apply your learning immediately to your workplace and explore a live problem through your research dissertation.
“Both the facilities and the support are fantastic, creating a great platform to become committed and focussed in study. I could not recommend this course enough.” Gemma Pullen, MSc Strategic Business Management graduate.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"I would encourage people to continue to learn; to top-up your degree and professional qualifications on a continuing basis. I think Manchester Met is absolutely poised to provide this for the future."

Steve Swientozielskyj, CIMA President 2018, Manchester Met Business School alumnus

Career Prospects

As a CIMA member, our masters course gives you an exciting opportunity to achieve an advanced qualification that helps prepare your next career move – whether that’s a step up on the professional ladder or a change of direction.
An average basic salary for students studying for a professional qualification with the CIMA is c.£33,000.  Once qualified, regardless the level of experience or role, the average rockets to c.£64,000 including bonuses.
We’ll teach you how to use different strategies to improve practice and help you become an expert in your area and to boost your employability.
By completing your research dissertation, you’ll have developed research and critical thinking skills that you can apply to a range of roles.

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Entry requirements

18 month programme

You must hold the CIMA Management Gateway Qualification.

12 month programme

You must be a registered CIMA member and hold current Associate or Fellow membership status.

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

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

Tuition is delivered through an interactive student portal with sophisticated online learning materials, dedicated one-to-one online support from academic supervisors and access to the University's digital business library. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to communicate online with fellow students.

There are no set lecture times and you can work through the units at your own pace.

Dedicated academic support

Your dedicated academic supervisor will also support you throughout the course. This one-to-one relationship between student and supervisor supports students to maximise their potential and progress towards the submission of their assignments.

Meet the supervisors

Teaching expertise on the MSc Strategic Business Management includes a rich mix of research-active and professionally qualified academics.

Contact our academic course leaders:

Anna Egan | Programme Leader

Dr Katarzyna Werner | Senior Lecturer

MSc Strategic Business Management - 120 credits, 18 months

  • Strategy and Leadership
  • Financial Technologies
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Dissertation

MSc Strategic Business Management (Top-up) - 90 credits, 12 months

  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Dissertation

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 business related 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 among accounting professionals and commentators.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking

Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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