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Developing specialist insurance market knowledge

This is an advanced level qualification, specifically designed for those working in the insurance market. It is ideally suited to insurance market practitioners who wish to develop their research skills and apply them in a specific subject area of relevance to the insurance market.

Read the Certificate in Insurance Market Specialisation specification »

Who it's for

The Level 7 Certificate in Insurance Market Insurance Specialisation will allow you to:

  • Create learning matched precisely to your job role, responsibilities and aspirations;
  • Develop your knowledge of issues particularly relevant to insurance market practitioners;
  • Gain real understanding of a key chosen topic through in-depth research and analysis, with potential to add business benefits for your employer; and
  • Indicate to your employer, clients and peer group your commitment to professional development, helping you achieve your career ambitions.

The unit requires study at a level equivalent to Masters degree learning, reflected by the award of 50 credits on completion, and as such we would advise entrants not to under estimate the demands associated with its completion and to fully familiarise themselves with the available dissertation guidelines and instructions in advance of entry.

Before purchasing this product please ensure that you have conducted sufficient research and have a clear idea regarding the scope of your research proposal and the research resources available. Ideally the subject matter chosen should be capable of being researched through relevant interviews and be supported by a wide range of quality sources.

Recognition of prior learning

Before starting study, check to see whether any of your previous academic qualifications or credits from other professional bodies and institutes can be carried towards completion of the Certificate.

Find out more about recognition of prior learning »

Completion requirements

The Certificate is achieved by passing one unit: (994) Certificate in Insurance Market Insurance Specialisation, which is assessed by dissertation.

Candidates submit a 10,000-11,000 word dissertation, on an agreed topic that is relevant to the insurance market and must be completed within 18 months from the time of enrolment.

Upon successful completion, 50 Advanced Diploma level credits will be awarded which can be used to count towards completion of other CII insurance qualifications.

Study time

Specific study time guidelines are provided for each unit on its webpage and in the CII qualifications brochure. The notional Ofqual ‘Total Qualification Time’ for this qualification is 180 hours. This represents the time a student might typically take to complete the qualification.

This qualification in detail

Assessment information

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Insurance market specialisation


To develop the ability to conduct rigorous insurance or reinsurance related research that contributes to the insurance industry knowledge.

Summary of learning outcomes

1. Formulate a research question or problem in an area of interest that would be relevant to the London Insurance Market

2. Apply appropriate research methodology

3. Draft a research proposal

4. Conduct research for the dissertation

5. Write the dissertation