|Duration:||8 weeks plus an examination|
|Fee:||£1,260. For full information on fees and payment options, visit our Fees page.|
|Programme start:||November / January / March / May / July|
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.
The IPA programme enables you to study up to three modules from any of the distance learning programmes that we offer, allowing you to focus on one or two subject areas relevant to your profession or interests.
IPA graduates will be awarded a University of London certificate, and will then have the option of extending their IPA into a Postgraduate Diploma or full 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 Diploma or Master's.
Choose modules from any of the distance learning programmes that we offer. You may take up to three individual modules in total.
- Bank Financial ManagementC322
- Banking and Capital MarketsC326
- Banking StrategyC366
- Bank Regulation and Resolution of Banking CrisesC356
- Corporate FinanceC321
- Corporate GovernanceC344
- Decentralisation and Local GovernanceC304
- Econometric Analysis and ApplicationsC332
- Econometric Principles and Data AnalysisC330
- Environmental and Social Impact AssessmentC369
- Finance in the Global MarketC342
- Financial EconometricsC359
- Financial LawC340
- Human Resource Management and DevelopmentC302
- International Business StrategyC371
- International FinanceC329
- Introduction to Law and to FinanceC338
- Introduction to ValuationC364
- Law and Regulation of Electronic Finance and Internet BankingC345
- Legal Aspects of Corporate FinanceC339
- Legal Aspects of International FinanceC341
- Macroeconomic Policy and Financial MarketsC325
- Management AccountingC370
- Management Information in BusinessC376
- Management in ChinaC378
- Management in Sub-Saharan AfricaC368
- Managing Organisational ChangeC306
- Managing the Transnational CorporationC367
- Microeconomic Principles and PolicyC357
- Modelling Firms and MarketsC358
- Privatisation and Public Private PartnershipsC311
- Project AppraisalC375
- Public Financial Management: Audit and ComplianceC372
- Public Financial Management: Planning and PerformanceC301
- Public Financial Management: RevenueC305
- Public Policy and Management: Development AssistanceC360
- Public Policy and Management: Perspectives and IssuesC300
- Public Policy and StrategyC312
- Regulation of International Capital MarketsC343
- Risk Management: Principles and ApplicationsC323
- The Economy of ChinaC377
- The Economy of Sub-Saharan AfricaC365
- The International Monetary Fund and Economic PolicyC313
- Research MethodsC353
- Financial Reporting (IPSAS)C374
- Financial Reporting (IFRS)C373
- Advanced Topics in ValuationC362
- Project, Programme and Policy EvaluationC379
- Regulation of Infrastructure and UtilitiesC380
- Corporate and Investment BankingC386
- Portfolio and Fund ManagementC387
- Retail Banking and Household FinanceC388
Each module lasts eight 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 2017/18.
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.