For those looking to update their professional skills, specialise in a particular area, or see if distance learning is right for them without the commitment of a full programme, an Individual Professional Award (IPA) is the perfect option.
IPA graduates will be awarded a University of London certificate, and will then have the option of extending their IPA into a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master's programme, providing they have achieved a pass mark of 50% or more on modules already taken that are relevant to the subsequent Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master's.
You can choose a module from any of the distance learning programmes that we offer.
- Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and IssuesM400
- Public Financial Management: Planning and PerformanceM401
- Human Resource Management and DevelopmentM402
- Decentralisation and Local GovernanceM404
- Public Financial Management: RevenueM405
- Managing Organisational ChangeM406
- Privatisation and Public Private PartnershipsM411
- Public Policy and StrategyM412
- The IMF and Economic PolicyM413
- Corporate FinanceM421
- Bank Financial ManagementM422
- Risk Management: Principles and ApplicationsM423
- Macroeconomic Policy and Financial MarketsM425
- Banking and Capital MarketsM426
- International FinanceM429
- Econometric Principles and Data AnalysisM430
- Econometric Analysis and ApplicationsM432
- Introduction to Law and to FinanceM438
- Legal Aspects of Corporate FinanceM439
- Financial LawM440
- Legal Aspects of International FinanceM441
- Finance in the Global MarketM442
- Regulation of International Capital MarketsM443
- Corporate GovernanceM444
- Law and Regulation of Electronic Finance and Internet BankingM445
- Research MethodsM453
- Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking CrisesM456
- Microeconomic Principles and PolicyM457
- Modelling Firms and MarketsM458
- Financial EconometricsM459
- Public Policy and Management: Development AssistanceM460
- Introduction to ValuationM464
- The Economy of Sub-Saharan AfricaM465
- Banking StrategyM466
- Managing the Transnational CorporationM467
- Management in Sub-Saharan AfricaM468
- Environmental and Social Impact AssessmentM469
- International Business StrategyM471
- Public Financial Management: Audit and ComplianceM472
- Project AppraisalM475
- Management Information in BusinessM476
- The Economy of ChinaM477
- Management in ChinaM478
- Project, Programme and Policy EvaluationM479
- Financial EngineeringM482
- Corporate and Investment BankingM486
- Portfolio and Fund ManagementM487
- Retail Banking and Household FinanceM488
- The Business and Economy of MENAM489
- Financial ReportingM492
Each module lasts 10 weeks and examinations are held in late September/October. Students are registered for a maximum of two years.
To find out when modules are available to study, please refer to the IPA study calendar:
For each module that you choose to study, you will complete two assignments each worth 15% of your total marks. You will be expected to submit your first assignment by the Tuesday of Week 5, and the second assignment at the end of the module, on the Tuesday of Week 8. You will also sit a three-hour examination held on a specific date in October, worth 70% of the total mark.
Education and experience
You should have a recognised UK Bachelor's degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline depending on the modules you are interested in undertaking. Your application may be considered if you have previous education and experience, equivalent to a degree-level qualification, which includes suitable preliminary training.
For all of our modules you are required to have a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.
If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability. You will meet the English language requirement if you have passed any of the following within the past three years:
- (IELTS) International English Language Testing System (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0 or above, including a minimum of 7.0 on the written sub-test
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) with an overall score of 67 or above, including a minimum of 67 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening elements
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with an overall score of 185 or above, including a minimum of 185 attained on each of the reading, writing, speaking and listening sub-tests
- (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language with an overall score of 95 or above, including a minimum of 24 attained on the reading and writing skills sub-tests and a minimum of 25 attained on the speaking sub-test and 22 attained on the listening sub-test.
You are required to have internet access to participate in this programme.