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MSc Strategic Business Management

Course Description

This part-time, distance learning, online programme is for registered CIMA members who hold current associate or fellow membership status. This course is designed to develop your commercial insight and support your career development as a successful finance and business professional.

You study 2 units: academic and professional development; and a dissertation. 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 although most students complete the course in a year.

Academic and Professional Development Unit

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.

Special Features

This programme draws on the unique global partnership between CIMA and Manchester Metropolitan University to give CIMA members the opportunity to gain a Masters degree.

Since the programme is delivered entirely online you do not have to travel to Manchester and can study from home.

You will receive extensive support from specialist academic tutors, who will help you gain the most from the programme and achieve your full potential. You will also receive 8 scheduled one-to-one contact hours with a dedicated supervisor.

As a distance learning student, you will have access to the University's extensive digital library and will not need to buy any text books.

For more information about this course, please see http://mmubs.course-source.co.uk/home

Please note, you will also need to pay CIMA membership, subscription and registration fees and these are paid directly to CIMA

Visit the MSc Strategic Business Management page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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.

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