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    Students and graduates from 130+ CIM Accredited Degree Universities are gaining a professional marketing qualification by taking advantage of the exemptions CIM Accredited Degree provides.

    CIM Accredited Degree offers you unique opportunities:

    • Exemptions reduces the number of assessments you take – to gain a CIM qualification – from three to one, if you gained a relevant degree from a CIM Accredited Degree University. Take advantage of this up to five years after graduating from university.
    • Reduce the duration to gain CIM qualifications by up to 66% – Combine your degree with CIM qualifications and you may only be required to undertake one CIM module instead of three.
    • Gain a professional qualification and save up to £300 in assessment fees.

    Why study a CIM qualification?

    • CIM offers a range of professionally recognised Marketing and Digital Marketing qualifications designed to develop core skills needed for modern marketers.
    • Enhance your employability prospects – 60% of CIM graduates are more respected at work or given more responsibility. CIM Alumni Survey.
    • Over a third of CIM graduates get promoted or receive a pay rise within 12 months of graduating. CIM Alumni Survey.
    • Help to progress your career – 35% of marketing leaders have a CIM qualification – the most common after a university degree (46%). Hays, DNA of a Marketing Leader Report 2019).
    • Our study centres offer flexible study modes, online and blended.

    Get started by looking for your CIM Accredited Degree University below and fill out the enquiry form to get ahead in your career. If the university you studied at is not listed you can still gain vital CIM qualifications, so get in touch to learn how.

    Step 1: Find your course

    Get started by looking for your CIM Accredited Degree University below and fill out the enquiry form to get ahead in your career. If the university you studied at is not listed you can still gain vital CIM qualifications, so get in touch to learn now.

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    Case Studies

    • cameron-slater

      Completing my CIM qualifications through the CIM Accredited Degree programme was a strong factor for me. I found that being able to demonstrate professional marketing qualifications on my CV set me aside from other candidates.

      Cameron Slater
      Nottingham Trent University

    • kayleigh

      I knew that I wanted to pursue a professional qualification after university and therefore the CIM Accredited Degree was very attractive as it provided the opportunity to fast-track my development. It has been a great benefit to my work.

      Kayleigh Elliot

    • bradley-johnson

      I feel a lot of my career progression is down to the practical skills I have learnt via CIM. Now being an ACIM, I have a professional recognition I can use with employers and for networking.

      Bradley Johnson
      University of Hertfordshire

    • paige-daley

      Studying the CIM module was challenging but highly rewarding. The skills I have gained have been transferable in the work place and have meant I have gained new competencies and been able to quickly adapt to my role.

      Paige Daley
      University of Brighton


    I studied at a Graduate Gateway university and can no longer find any information about this

    We have recently renamed  ‘Graduate Gateway’ to ‘CIM Accredited Degree’. CIM Accredited Degree still offers you unique benefits for studying at one of our accredited universities. You can find out all the information you need regarding these benefits here.

    How do I know if my degree is CIM Accredited Degree approved and if I am eligible for an exemption?

    You can use the search facility on this page to find out if your degree has been approved by CIM and what exemptions are available.

    Can I complete the CIM qualification(s)/module(s) whilst I am still at University?

    Yes, however, you’ll need to discuss with your tutor to see if your university offers this. If they don’t then you can do it through one of CIM's approved study centres. You can search for an approved study centre here.

    If you have any questions or want to talk about anything further you can contact us on qualifications@cim.co.uk or telephone +44 (0)1628 427120 (Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00).

    If I don’t study the CIM qualification/modules whilst I am at university, what are my options?

    Providing you achieve a 2:2 or above (undergraduate) or a pass mark (postgraduate), you can study the additional modules via one of our approved study centres (tuition fees will apply).

    How long do I have to complete the additional modules after graduating?

    With a relevant degree from a CIM Accredited Degree university, you have up to five years from graduating to complete the additional module(s) to gain your full qualification.

    Do I need to be a CIM member to study the additional modules?

    Yes, you need to be a member to access the support materials, your membership must also be current at the time of submitting your assessments for marking. As a member you can also take advantage of other benefits such as webinars, great content and attend CIM events.

    How much is CIM studying membership?

    £65 per annum*

    *Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

    How many modules do I need to complete?

    a. At the Foundation Certificate in Professional Marketing level, there are two modules to complete (Marketing Principles is mandatory and then choose from Marketing in Business or Communications in Practice or Digital Fundamentals depending on your CIM Accredited Degree University)

    b. At the Certificate in Professional Marketing level, there is one module to complete (choose from Customer Insights or Marketing in Action depending on your CIM Accredited Degree University)

    c. At the Diploma in Professional Marketing level, there are two modules to complete (Innovation in Marketing plus choose one from The Digital Customer Experience, Resource Management, Managing Brands, Managing Marketing Projects or Managing Digital Marketing Projects depending on your CIM Accredited Degree University)

    d. At the Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing level, there are two modules to complete (Digital Optimisation and The Digital Customer Experience or Digital Optimisatioin and Managing Digital Marketing Projects)

    e. At the Diploma in Sustainable Marketing level, there are two modules to complete (Innovation in Marketing and Sustainablity)

    f. To find out more about the CIM modules, we recommend you speak to your university or alternatively, you can contact us on qualifications@cim.co.uk or telephone +44 (0)1628 427120 (Mon-Fri 08:00-18:00).

    What are the assessment fees?

    a. Certificate in Professional Marketing (one module to complete) £150*

    b. Diploma in Professional Marketing (2 modules to complete) £190 each*

    *Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.

    If I have completed my degree with the required result and want to study a CIM qualification how can I claim my CIM exemptions(s)?

    To have your exemption(s) confirmed you will need to send a copy of your degree certificate and transcript to exemptions@cim.co.uk

    Where can I find the CIM Accredited Degree module specifications?

    The module specifications are located by clicking on the links - Marketing in Business, Marketing in Action, Managing Digital Marketing Projects/Managing Marketing Projects, Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Marketing (CIM Accredited Degree).

    Reasonable adjustments policy

    Reasonable adjustments enable a candidate with additional requirements to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding to the levels of attainment required by the relevant CIM qualification specification. CIM ensures its Reasonable Adjustments Policy aligns to regulatory and legal requirements. The Reasonable Adjustments policy is available to learners on the MyCIM Portal once they are registered.

    What is the difference between an Accredited degree and Recognised Degree Partnership?

    If your university degree has been accredited by CIM, you are eligible to complete a CIM professional qualification through a set of reduced modules plus, have access to our student membership which offers you a range of exclusive benefits to support your studying. Please contact your university for more information on your course benefits.

    Our recognised degree partnerships are formed across the world between CIM and universities who offer marketing degrees to students. CIM recognition means we have reviewed the course content and mapped it against the Professional Marketing Competencies. Studying a recognised degree gives you access in becoming a studying member of CIM for only £65 a year, our memberships provide you with the support and resources you need to help kickstart your marketing career. Sign up here to become a studying member.

    Contact us

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    Call +44 (0)1628 427120

    Email exemptions@cim.co.uk

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