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Professional accounting accreditation

Accreditation with professional accounting bodies

The main professional accounting bodies recognise the value of studying accounting and finance at Manchester Business School and offer exemptions from their professional qualifications if you have completed specific accounting and finance courses. This means you are exempt from some professional accounting exams once you graduate - although the precise exemptions will depend on the professional body you decide to join.

It is very important for you to make a well informed choice when deciding which courses to take; we would not recommend that you select courses by only considering the exemption criteria.  The majority of employers are interested in students who have a good degree classification, not the level of professional exemptions they have gained.  You are much more likely to perform well if you choose to study the subjects you are interested in.

For further detail on the level of exemptions available and the specific courses you need to take, please click on the links to the left of this page which give details of the exemptions available for the main accounting professional bodies.

Point to note

Professional syllabuses are subject to revision from time to time, so the exemptions available at the start of your degree programme may change by the time you graduate.

If you are unsure at this stage which professional body you would like to join, a general guide to the best courses to take in the hope of meeting future exemption criteria would be to consider the core courses for accounting and finance students. Professional accounting body syllabuses will cover the main areas of accounting such as financial reporting and management accounting and so courses covering this type of material, rather than the more specialised, optional courses, are the most likely to meet exemption criteria across many different bodies.