Key facts

Level of qualification

The Diploma is set at an equivalent level to a postgraduate qualification. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the Diploma. However, you will need to successfully complete the International Certificate (Modules 1 and 2) before progressing to Modules 3-6 of the Diploma. 

English language requirements

IRM’s qualifications are delivered and assessed in English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you have an Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent evidence of competence in the English language, before beginning your studies. 

How long does it take to complete?

It takes three years, on average, to complete the Diploma. You must complete the first two modules within two years of enrolling as a student. Once you have completed the first two modules, you will be awarded the International Certificate and will be able to use the designation IRMcert. You will have a further three years to complete the full Diploma. 

Average study time

Each module takes between 180 and 200 hours of student effort. We recommend that you take no more than two modules in any one exam session. 

Assessment requirements

All modules are assessed by an examination.

  • Module one is assessed by a 90 minute multiple choice examination

  • Module two is assessed through a combination of short answer and essay style questions

  • Module three and four are assessed by essay style questions

  • Module five is assessed by a mini case study and essay style questions

  • Module six is assessed by a full case study

Enrolment and examination sessions

June Exams

1 September - 30 November enrolments (late enrolments 1 -31 December)

November Exams

1 February - 30 April enrolments (late enrolments 1 -31 May) 


If you would like help from your employer to fund your studies, see our list of employer benefits that can be included in your business case. 


Contact the Student Support Team

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