City, University of London

Course Introduction

In this course you will gain a well-rounded understanding of the role and the knowledge and skills to develop and apply your financial expertise in the sector. You may already be working in charity finance, as a manager or consultant, or aiming to move into this demanding role in the sector. Either way, this academically rigorous course will match your needs. It will also equip you for a role as an advisor, auditor or independent examiner to a charity.

Under scrutiny from regulators, trustees and supporters, charities must exercise the highest level of financial governance. This course equips you for that unique challenge. Combining the academic rigour of an internationally respected business school with a highly practical and applied approach, it is tailored precisely to the issues facing senior managers in the third sector. You will be taught by an academic team who understand first-hand the tools and techniques for effective financial management of charity income and assets. Guest lecturers will present their thoughts on the real-world challenges placed on charity finance managers. Your course includes a fieldwork exercise. This will give you a deep insight into the practical realities of charity financial management in another organisation.

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). Students will be eligible for the Institute?s Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA) upon completion of the Cass Postgraduate Diploma. Students are selected on their professional experience, and generally continue working in their full ?time role whilst undertaking this course. Past students have come from a variety of organisations, including business and the public sector.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £6,240 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £6,240 European Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £6,240 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: All students will be highly motivated graduate-level people who bring a wide range of professional competencies, skills and experience from a wide range of backgrounds. In general we ask for a good first degree, normally an upper second-class honours degree from a British University or a relevant professional qualification: e.g: ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW; ICAS and three or more year?s relevant experience at a senior level. In exceptional cases we will also accept those without a degree but with significant work experience. Provided you have more than three years relevant experience, two professional references are acceptable.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in any other section.
  • IELTS score: 7