University Connections

Are you planning to study a finance related degree as your pathway to a job in the industry? Then consider choosing a CISI Partner University which offers an industry recognised CISI exam alongside your chosen degree. We accredit a range of leading universities that offer students access of an appropriate CISI exam. Students can achieve a professional qualification at the same time as their degree, ensuring they stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate recruitment market place.

CISI Partner Universities


In 2015 the CISI reviewed how it worked with universities towards the development of future practitioners in our industry. Industry feedback confirmed that exam passes (both academic and professional), rather than exemptions alone, make graduates more employable.

Under the CISI’s new employability strategy of introducing professional exams alongside academic study, a final deadline for all Centre of Excellence exemption applications was given as 1st December 2016.

This deadline was communicated clearly to all participating universities as well as being detailed on the CISI website. In line with this we are no longer able to consider CISI Centre of Excellence exemption applications.

You are still able to apply for a general exemption through the CISI Exemption team. Contact the team via email at Please be aware that only finance related MSc or MA degrees with a strong investment related element are considered for exemption purposes.

Contact us

For more information on any of the above information, please contact our Education Development team:
+44 20 7645 0714