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CIMA Professional Qualification – Strategic Management module E3

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Do you want to help businesses all over the world manage their finances? Accounting has so many open-ended opportunities and you can boost your career in the field with the Strategic Management E3 module, which goes towards the CIMA Professional Qualification, recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in finance.

  • Study the strategy process and how to make strategic choices.
  • Analyse the organisational ecosystem.
  • Understand how to generate strategic options.
  • Learn more about strategic control and digital strategy.
This course is only available to study online.

Course overview

The CIMA Professional Qualification is recognised worldwide as the most relevant global finance qualification for a career in business and finance. In the Strategic Management E3 module, you will be introduced to why strategy is at the heart of what organisations do. this module provides the foundation of strategic management for a business.

This is one of the 12 modules you need to complete in order to achieve the CIMA Professional qualification. By successfully completing the Strategic Management E3 exam, you will be one step closer to achieving the CIMA Professional Qualification.

On completion of the CIMA Professional Qualification, you will be awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. This showcases your professionalism, business and leadership skills, ethics, and commitment.

It is ideal for:

  • Students who want to develop their accounting and finance knowledge.
  • Those aspiring to work or progress their career in accounting, finance, or bookkeeping.

Future career options:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Finance manager
  • Management accountant
  • External auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Stockbroker
  • Internal auditor
  • Business analyst

Join over 120,000 other students who chose to improve their education and boost their employability through distance learning.

Course duration

Varies depending on enrolment date.

Course outcome

You will receive a pass in the Strategic Management module.

Entry requirements

You must have completed the Operational and Management Levels and exams.


A mixture of progress tests and mock exams, as well as completion of one exam.

Course content

Extra info


You will need to sit a 90-minute computer based objective test at the end of the module. Objective tests comprise of a range of items including short multiple-choice questions, number entry questions, drag and drop questions and other formats. They test all component learning outcomes across the whole subject.

The cost of the objective test is not included in the price of this module. You will need to book with CIMA.


Study method

This course is offered on a distance learning basis, with access to required study materials and unlimited support from your personal tutor via email. Study at your own pace, wherever and whenever you choose.

Course outcomes

At the end of this module successful learners will receive a pass in the Strategic Management E3 module. This pass will count towards your overall CIMA Professional Qualification.

Once you have completed the remainder of the Strategic Level modules, you will achieve your CIMA Professional Qualification. Students will be admitted to associate membership and granted the associate chartered management accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations.

Please be aware that you will need to have three years of relevant practical experience; which can be gained before, during or after studies to achieve the full qualification. Find out more about practical experience requirements on the CIMA website.

Students who complete all three levels (Operational Level, Management Level and Strategic Level) will achieve the CIMA Professional Qualification.


Awarding body

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest leading professional body of management accountants, with the most useful accounting qualification for a career in business.

What next?

Upon completion of the Strategic Management E3 module, you will be able to move on to another of the 12 modules to earn your CIMA Professional Qualification.

Take a read of our ‘How to Become an Accountant‘ career guide.


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