Already professionally qualified?

Find out how we recognise your completed study, and provide exemptions towards a Masters or MBA with Arden – saving you time and money.

At Arden, we have a number of professionally accredited courses. This means that we have mapped the learning outcomes of our modules against industry body qualifications.

So, if you hold awards from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI); Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM); or Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) there are exemptions offered if you join the Arden MBA or the two specialist Marketing Master's awards, as set out in the table below. We are happy to individually consider other professional or academic awards to see whether we can grant exemptions. Our Admissions staff will be happy to advise you.

Where our modules map directly to courses studied by the professional bodies we have listed the specific modules you would be exempt from – where there is no defined curriculum we have stated the maximum credit volume we might exempt.

If you have this professional body award…

And want to complete this Arden degree

These are the modules and credits you may be exempt from

CMI Postgrad Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership


Up to 40 credits depending on modules studied.

CMI Extended Postgrad Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership


Personal and Business Transformation, Implementing strategy. One further module possible based on elective choices.

ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management


Personal and Business Transformation.

ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management


Personal and Business Transformation; Sustaining the Business; Implementing Strategy.

CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing


Implementing Strategy; Managing in a Competitive Environment.

CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing

MA Strategic Marketing

Strategic Marketing; Mastering Metrics; Marketing Communications.

CIM Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing

MSc Data Analytics and Marketing

Strategic Marketing; Mastering Metrics.

Once you have reviewed the details above, please contact our admissions team to find out exactly what your previous study may exempt you from.

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