There are many opportunities for professional development in the world of management accountancy.
New management accounting systems have been developed in response to recent economic and business events around the world. Management accounting tools are also changing to keep pace.
Developed for management accountants
We’ve worked closely with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to develop this online programme.
It’s designed for anyone who has passed the management level of the CIMA Professional syllabus. The units on this degree-level course will complement your existing professional qualifications.
You’ll explore accounting and management control systems, as well as the opportunities and challenges management accountants face.
Ethics and sustainability accounting is also covered. It’s something that’s increasingly important to global businesses. Specialising in this area could open up new career opportunities for you.
Study to suit you
Completing professional development while working as a management accountant can be difficult. This course is delivered entirely online, with no set lecture times. That means you can fit your studies in around your work and other commitments.
You can complete it in as little as a year, studying part-time.
Features and Benefits
Developed with CIMA – we have developed this course to give CIMA students a route to an honours degree. It’s designed to build on your existing CIMA qualifications.
Fast-track degree – use all the knowledge you’ve already developed as a management accountant and gain a full honours degree in just one year.
Study wherever you are – this course is taught online. That means you can study from anywhere in the world and fit your course around your work commitments.
Access to experts – you’ll be supported by our specialist academic tutors, with a wealth of experience in sustainability and management accounting.
Join our global community – interact with other students on this course via online forums and learn from their experiences in other parts of the world.
Graduate in Manchester – attend a graduation ceremony in Manchester and meet your peers and lecturers. You can also network with senior CIMA members.
Future success – this course is recognised as professional development by CIMA. It can boost your career progression and allow you to move into new areas of accountancy.
"I've had a wonderful career and the root of that was Manchester Met. I would encourage people to continue to learn, and to top-up your qualifications on a continuing basis." Steve Swientozielskyj, CIMA President 2018, Manchester Met Business School alumnus.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
Accreditation The Business School is accredited by The Association of MBAs. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.
Accreditation The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants offers professional training for aspiring and qualified management accountants. CIMA also provides management qualifications and training, and is a globally recognised qualification.
Accreditation The Business School is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.
"The landscape of accounting, finance, and banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global job market."
Anna Hardy-Watmough, Principal Lecturer.
This qualification is recognised around the world by CIMA. It’s an excellent way to enhance your career progression opportunities.
When you graduate you’ll have a better understanding of performance management, as well as how ethics and sustainability feed into today’s accounting environment.
This could open up new roles within your existing organisation, or allow you to apply for more advanced jobs elsewhere.
If you find you have a passion for this area of management accounting you could progress onto our MSc Strategic Business Management.
This is a logical step up from the BA. It’s also an online course that’s recognised by CIMA, so you’ll have the same flexibility with your studies. By going down this route, you’ll deepen your knowledge in the field and complete a masters-level dissertation.
You must be an active CIMA student or member and have attained a pass mark in at least one of the three papers at the Managerial Level of the Professional syllabus. This does not include exemptions. Pass marks at the Managerial level are recognised for papers taken from the 2010 revision of the Professional syllabus up until the present time. Students who have passed the management level case study exam and received the Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting, under the 2015 syllabus, are also eligible.
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 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.
This part-time, distance-learning, online programme is designed for CIMA students and members who have passed the Managerial level of the CIMA Professional syllabus. The programme is designed to build on your CIMA qualifications and enable you to graduate with a degree.
The programme has been designed to develop your commercial acumen and provide you with the knowledge and skills to be a successful professional working in the finance or business sectors.
You study two units: Accounting and Management Control Systems and Ethics and Sustainability Accounting. Tuition is provided through an interactive student portal, with tailored learning materials, regular online support from specialist academics, learning examples and tutor feedback. 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 although most students complete the course in a year and the longest permissible timescale is three years. Each unit is studied separately so that you complete one unit before progressing onto the next one.
During this year, you will study two core units. Please see below:
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Ethics and Sustainability Accounting
This unit covers theoretical perspectives on ethics; the ethical underpinnings of the free market economy, and the ethical framework underlying the accounting profession (in the UK). It also reviews the history and practice of sustainability reporting, considers critiques of current practice and reflects on possible futures for sustainability reporting. Finally, this unit investigates the extent of stakeholder engagement and dialogue, discusses organisational reasons for adopting sustainability practices and evaluates sustainability as a trigger for change.
Accounting and Management Control Systems
This unit equips students 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. The approach in this unit is to identify some of the most notable performance issues faced by organisations. Exploring the development of management accounting tools and applying the real world contexts.
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.
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.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2,050 studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Distance learning fee: £2,050 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).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
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 and up to £100 each year for books and printing.
Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.
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