Diploma in Corporate Finance

CISI Level 6 Diploma in Corporate Finance

Why study the Corporate Finance Programme?

In partnership with ICAEW, we have created a progressive study programme for the development and recognition of corporate finance expertise and to equip you with practical knowledge and skills, adding to your day to day business experience and enhancing the value you can bring to the organisations you work with.

The programme starts with the Certificate in Corporate Finance and is then followed by the Diploma in Corporate Finance.

Is the Diploma in Corporate Finance right for me?

The Diploma in Corporate Finance, forms part of a Joint CISI / ICAEW programme, which will equip you with advanced corporate finance knowledge, skills and expertise. It will enhance the value you bring to the organisations you work with and help accelerate your career.

The syllabus has been developed by corporate financiers to ensure it is work related and transaction-oriented. The Diploma assures a clear progressive path from the Certificate in Corporate Finance and successful completion may lead to full CISI Chartered Member status and the ICAEW Corporate Finance (CF) designatory letters.

It is suitable for corporate finance staff seeking an advanced level qualification. It is particularly appropriate for holders of the CISI Certificate in Corporate Finance or ICAEW ACA qualification.

Key features:

  • Offers a progressive study pathway – the Certificate in Corporate Finance is the first step in the CISI’s corporate finance study pathway and offers access to the higher-level Diploma in Corporate Finance
  • Recognised by the FCA - The Certificate in Corporate Finance features on the Financial Conduct Authority’s Appropriate Qualification Tables
  • Suitable for a wide range of corporate finance staff; no previous qualifications are required
  • Free CISI Student membership – become associated with a Chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits
  • Free ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty Membership- online support and guidance to maintain expertise and leadership is available through the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty
  • MCSI designatory letters

Qualification factsheet

Entry requirements and examination materials

There are specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Corporate Finance that must be met before applying to sit the first paper.

Find out if you are eligible

Both of the Diploma in Corporate Finance examinations are open book examinations. You are permitted to bring in texts, articles and notes of any kind. It is your responsibility to bring in any material needed and any such texts brought into the examination venue should be in hard copy only.

Find out more about the examination materials

Qualification Structure

The Diploma in Corporate Finance is achieved by passing the two papers listed below. Exemptions from certain units are available. View exemption list.

The Diploma in Corporate Finance is regulated by Ofqual as the CISI level 6 Diploma in Corporate Finance. On the European Qualifications Framework, this equates to a level 6 qualification.

Total Qualification Time:
507 hours

The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 507 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 .

Regulated Qualifications Framework

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

Feedback and Appeals

For further details on how to give us your feedback and / or Appeal your result, please refer to our Exam Policies.

Study support

Study materials for both papers are available and will provided in PDF format when you book your exam. The cost of study materials is included in the examination fee.

We also provide some sample exam materials to aid your study:

Corporate Finance Techniques & Theory - Information Booklet
Corporate Finance Techniques & Theory - Specimen Paper
Corporate Finance Techniques & Theory - Specimen Mark Scheme
Corporate Finance Strategy & Advice - Information Booklet
Corporate Finance Strategy & Advice - Specimen Paper
 Corporate Finance Strategy & Advice - Specimen Mark Scheme

Can I rely on the workbook alone?

Book your exam

Complete the booking form and email the completed form to: CorporateFinance@cisi.org

 Diploma in Corporate Finance Booking Form

Post Qualification Opportunities


After successfully achieving the Diploma in Corporate Finance qualification you can join the Institute as a full Member and attain the designatory letters, MCSI. 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.

Higher Level Qualifications

Obtaining the Diploma in Corporate Finance is one of the pre-requisites required for those candidates wishing to pursue the ICAEW Corporate Finance qualification and the accompanying CF designatory letters. Further information is available here.