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


  University University Programme CISI Exam Opportunity
  Bournemouth University
MSc Finance
MAccFin (Hons) Accounting & Finance
Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification L7
  Bangor University
MSc Islamic Banking and Finance
Islamic Finance Qualification L3
  EADA Business School
MSc Finance
International Certificate in Wealth Management L3
Securities L3
  University of Exeter MSc Finance and Investment Financial Markets L6
  Glasgow Caledonian University - Glasgow and London Campus MSc International Banking, Finance & Risk Management Introduction to Securities and Investments L3
  ICMA Centre, University of Reading MSc International Securities, Investment & Banking
MSc Investment Management
MSc Capital Markets Regulation & Compliance
MSc Corporate Finance
MSc Financial Risk Management
Diploma in Capital Markets L6
  Liverpool John Moores University MSc Financial Management Financial Markets L6
  University College London MSc Infrastructure Investment and Finance Corporate Finance Technical Foundations L3
  Newcastle University MSc Finance
MSc Banking & Finance
Financial Markets L6
  University of Portsmouth

MSc Finance
MSc Corporate Finance
MSc International Finance & Banking

Corporate Finance Technical Foundations L3
  Queen Mary University London MSc Wealth Management Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification L7
  University of Sussex
MSc Financial Risk and Investment Analysis
Financial Markets L6

Swansea University

MSc Finance
Financial Markets L6

University of Westminster

MSc Investment & Risk Finance
Derivatives L3
  University of York MSc Project Analysis, Finance and Investment Corporate Finance Technical Foundations L3


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