Diploma in Capital Markets

Diploma in Capital Markets

The Diploma in Capital Markets is a leading professional finance qualification for practitioners working in wholesale securities markets.

The qualification is the final step in the CISI's capital markets study pathway and offers individuals the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge of financial markets, bonds and fixed income and fund management.

Is the Diploma in Capital Markets right for me?

It is ideal for practitioners pursuing careers in treasury and financial controlling functions, private equity analysis, portfolio management, fixed income analysis, fund management, financial consulting, financial risk management, investor relations, internal audit and specialist financial operations.

The practical techniques and skills developed through this qualification will enable successful candidates to demonstrate a very high level of competence to colleagues and clients and candidates will be well prepared to progress to more senior management positions.

Key features:

  • Specialist qualification developed for practitioners aspiring to more senior job roles
  • Addresses situations and issues which are encountered by practitioners and the broad subject offering provides the skills required to operate effectively in all the major areas of the profession
  • Consolidates knowledge gained from the CISI's Capital Markets Programme
  • Free CISI Student membership - become associated with a Chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits
  • MCSI designatory letters

Qualification factsheet

Qualification Structure

The Diploma is achieved by passing one multiple choice exam, and two narrative exam units each of three hour duration. It typically takes between 18 months and two years to achieve. The exams are demanding and candidates are advised to attempt only one paper at each exam sitting. Exemptions from certain units are available. View exemption list.

Recommended study progression:

Total Qualification Time:
508 hours

The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 508 hours. TQT is an estimate of the number of hours that a typical candidate might reasonably spend in achieving the qualification. This will vary depending on your previous experience, and includes any formal study as well as self-study and assessment time.


Exam Details

Exam Availability

Pass Mark / Pass Rate

The current pass rate for this exam is and the pass mark is . The exam grades are as follows:

Regulated Qualifications Framework

credits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework are awarded upon successfully passing this exam

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Study support


A CISI workbook is required to be purchased when booking each exam. This is to ensure there is one standard workbook from which all exam candidates can prepare. You can also choose to purchase CISI elearning to support your exam preparation.

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Accredited Training Partners

You can choose to complete formal training for our exams with a CISI Accredited Training Partner (ATP).

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Post Qualification Opportunities


Obtaining the Diploma in Capital Markets entitles candidates to join the Institute at MCSI Membership level. As a Member of the Institute, you will enjoy the recognition of being a professional in a world of increasing competition. The extensive continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities available through the CISI’s suite of membership benefits ensures financial services practitioners can maintain competence and meet the requirements of firms and the regulator.