Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours degree or the equivalent from an internationally recognised university. Any degree discipline is considered but applicants must have a satisfactory existing level of numeracy.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed for students who wish to enter the investment management sector of the industry, including those who might choose to work in a hedge fund, private equity, pension fund or insurance fund management.

It provides a theoretical knowledge, amongst other subject areas of portfolio management and quantitative finance, together with hands-on applied knowledge of industry structure and trends – for example, as part of the compulsory Portfolio management module, students have to manage a live portfolio of assets. Students also benefit from professional guest speakers drawn from the heart of the global investment industry in the City of London.

Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) programme, Level 1. The two programmes support and reinforce each other, ensuring that graduates acquire both the academic and professional knowledge and qualifications required to succeed in the investment management industry. The CFA Level 1 teaching is provided by Fitch Learning – Europe’s most successful training company for the financial services industry.

The ICMA Centre is a designated CFA Program Partner and is one of the very few universities in the world that has fully integrated its degree study with the CFA exam.

Information for international students

Finance programmes will accept students with IELTS 7.0 and will also accept IELTS 6.5 providing the student has completed the relevant English course with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


We offer a number of scholarships for EU/UK and international applicants with excellent academic performance as well as for international applicants with work experience, covering from £5,000 to 60% of the cost of the programme. For further information please see http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/study/scholarships-and-prizes/

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 or 12 months months

Course contact details

ICMA Centre Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 118 378 8239