Birmingham City University new deal offers students competitive edge in financial services jobs market

By Lora Benson | Aug 17, 2017


A new partnership between Birmingham City University (BCU) and a global professional body will offer students a competitive edge in the financial services jobs market.

An agreement has been confirmed with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and BCU which offers the University students the opportunity to study for and sit key CISI professional qualifications, before finishing their degrees.

The CISI is the leading, global professional body for those looking to work in the wealth management, financial planning and capital markets sectors, with 40,000 members in 116 countries.

The BCU degrees which offers the CISI professional exams are:


University Programme Level

University Programme


Eligible Year




Business Finance

Final Yr

L3 Corporate Finance (Technical Foundation)


Finance & Investment

Final Yr

L3 Introduction to Investment


Finance & Investment


L3 Introduction to Investment


The students on each of the above programmes can sit the corresponding CISI exam shown.

The University is sponsoring students on these programmes for the CISI exam registration fee including CISI Student Membership. In addition, students funding their own CISI workbook and exam can benefit from a 50% discount to the published CISI fees.

Kevin Moore, Chartered MCSI, CISI Director of Global Business Development said: “A partnership between a professional body and a higher education institution offers students an excellent opportunity to bridge the gap between academia and employment. We are therefore delighted to be working with Birmingham City University whose students will now benefit from BCU’s strategy aimed at giving them a competitive edge in the jobs market.

“In addition, CISI Student Membership will mean that these students are eligible to attend local continuing professional development (CPD) workshops, which will offer them a unique opportunity to learn about current topics alongside our local CISI members already working in the profession.”

Rod Kelly, Head of Accounting, Finance and Economics Department at Birmingham City University said: “Universities and professional bodies should work together to enhance graduate employability, and partnership with such a renowned organisation will add an extra dimension to our students’ experience. CISI’s professional insights, together with Birmingham City University’s applied approach, will help our students think ahead, strengthen their knowledge, and equip them for a better tomorrow.”

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