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We are very proud of the strength of our offering and achievements, which have been externally recognised by a number of partners and organisations.

We are pleased to have won outside approval and endorsement for our distinctive and progressive public value led agenda, our teaching and our research, meeting the standards of some of the major international assessors and accreditation bodies.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)

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AACSB accreditation is a hallmark of business school excellence. Awarded to less than 5% of the world's business schools, we are the only business school in Wales to have been accredited by AACSB.

This prestigious accreditation assures students and parents that the business school is providing a top-quality education and confirms to employers that our graduates are ready and able to hit the ground running. It also ensures that the school has a commitment to continuous improvement through a cycle of review every five years.

To find out more about what studying at an AACSB-accredited school can mean for you, please visit the AACSB website.

“The School has developed a unique and compelling vision and mission focused on Public Value. This mission is culturally embedded within the School, including in its research, teaching and engagement programs.”

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The Association of MBAs (AMBA)

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Cardiff Business School is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world’s leading authorities on post-graduate business education.

AMBA accreditation denotes the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education, and confirms Cardiff Business School as being in the top 2% of Business Schools globally.

Accreditation from AMBA is centred on impact, employability and learning outcomes.

All MBA students and recent MBA alumni are able to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 57,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries.

Find out more about what it means to study at an AMBA-accredited School.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing

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Our MSc in Strategic Marketing is accredited by the leading professional marketing body, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

CIM works alongside universities worldwide, mapping their degree content against CIM’s most sought after professional marketing qualifications.

This offers students the opportunity to gain exemptions on the number of assessments needed to gain a CIM qualification, making it more efficient and cost-effective to gain a professional marketing qualification.

CIM’s qualifications are based on detailed research and ongoing employer feedback, sharing the skills and knowledge required for today’s marketers. This helps our university students to advance into practitioners, stand out from the crowd and increase their chances of securing their first-choice graduate position.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

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We are an approved centre of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Membership demonstrates a commitment to high standards of professionalism in the human resources sector.

All graduates of the MSc in Human Resource Management are automatically eligible for Graduate Membership of the CIPD, a qualification required by most employers for UK Human Resources positions. Graduates who have two years’ professional experience gained whilst working in an HR department may upgrade their membership to Chartered Member of the CIPD.

During their studies, students can also benefit from student membership, which provides access to all CIPD online resources and means that they can attend meetings of the South East Wales CIPD branch to network with practitioners.

A member of the local CIPD branch attends the MSc programme induction to give information on the benefits of CIPD membership and the branch offers a Best Student prize to the most promising student.

Small Business Charter

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The prestigious Small Business Charter (SBC) award is a national kitemark which recognises business schools that demonstrate excellence in promoting student enterprise, engagement in the local economy and business support.

We are one of only 36 schools across the UK and Ireland to receive the mark of excellence, and bring our unique expertise to the SBC network by sharing knowledge, ideas and developing best practice in the fields of enterprise, entrepreneurship and business engagement.

The Small Business Charter website connects small businesses. The website is a hub which provides business advice and support from the 36 business schools which have achieved their award.

Accredited programmes

Accounting and Finance

Many of our accounting and related degrees are accredited by the professional bodies and can offer exemptions from professional exams based on the modules studied during your degree. The professional bodies which offer exemptions to our students are:

Commitment to social progress

In addition to our formal accreditations – at School and programme level – we are also signatories of a range of initiatives supporting progressive and responsible management.

UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (UNPRME)

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We became a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education initiative in 2016, one of only four Welsh institutions amongst its members.

PRME and its six principles aim is to establish a ‘process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century’.

The UNPRME’s mission to inspire and champion responsible management education fully aligns with our Public Value ethos.