How long does it take to finish your CIPS studies

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A popular question I get asked by almost all potential students is how long it will take them to finish their CIPS studies.  Now, this is a difficult question to ask because it depends on how much effort you are willing to put in.

Number of modules

  • Advanced Certificate (3) has five modules to complete
  • Diploma (4) has eight modules to complete
  • Advanced Diploma (5) has eight modules to complete
  • Professional Diploma (6) has seven modules to complete

Exam Series

Currently, students can sit their exams in March, May, July, and November, although hopefully this will be increased soon.

Normal Study Length

All levels can be sat in a normal academic year Sept – July.  To gain your full MCIPS you will need to complete levels 4 – 6

Intensive Study

There is the option to double up on certain modules and complete your CIPS level or MCIPS faster.  I completed my CIPS in just under two years.  We are here to advise students if they would like to sit their exams in a smaller timeframe. 

We are looking for CIPS students who are interested in an intensive program, so please get in touch at or 0800 009 6207 to discuss in more detail



Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
May 2023
M3 & M8
29th Mar, 5th April, 19th April, 26th April
July 2023
25th May, 14th June, 21st June, 5th July
November 2023
M1 & M2
4th Oct, 11th Oct, 18th Oct, 1st Nov
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2023
M3, M5, M7
10th Jan, 24th Jan, 31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb
May 2023
M4 & M6
28th March, 4th April, 25th April, 2nd May.
July 2023
6th June, 20th June, 4th July.
November 2023
M1 & M2
10th Oct, 17th Oct, 24th Oct, 31st Oct, 7th Nov