We're making changes to how the Management Diploma in Insurance (MDI) is assessed. We have begun to move modules away from exam-only based assessment to a mixed and continuous assessment model.
Changes are being introduced on a phased basis. The compulsory modules (01 & 02) and advanced level modules (07, 08 & 09) have already changed, while the product diploma level (04, 05, 06 & 10) modules will change in 2020.
PLEASE NOTE that once modules move to the new assessment method, they will have a defined registration period, after which the semester will open and access to learning supports will be given.
|MDI-01 & 02 - MIXED ASSESSMENT|
|COMPULSORY DIPLOMA LEVEL MODULES|
|Insurance and Business Law (MDI-01)||
Mixed Assessment - 1 assignment and 1 exam over 18 weeks
|Insurance Business Environment (MDI-02)||Mixed Assessment - 1 assignment and 1 exam over 18 weeks|
Assignment due at week 16. MCQ exam at week 18.
A breakdown of the 18 week semester is available to download here
|MDI-07, 08 & 09 - CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT|
|ADVANCED DIPLOMA LEVEL MODULES|
|Advanced Claims Management (MDI-07)||
Continuous Assessment - 3 assignments over 21 weeks
|Advanced Underwriting Management (MDI-08)||Continuous Assessment - 3 assignments over 21 weeks|
|Advanced Risk Management (MDI-09)||Continuous Assessment - 3 assignments over 21 weeks|
Assignments due at weeks 7, 14 & 21.
A breakdown of the 21 week semester is available to download here
|MAY 2020 - REGISTRATIONS OPENING|
|PRODUCT DIPLOMA LEVEL MODULES - PHASE 1|
|Motor Insurance (MDI-04)||Mixed Assessment - 1 assignment and 1 exam over 18 weeks|
|Liability Insurance (MDI-05)||Mixed Assessment - 1 assignment and 1 exam over 18 weeks|
|NOVEMBER 2020 - REGISTRATIONS OPENING|
|PRODUCT DIPLOMA LEVEL MODULES - PHASE 2|
|Commercial Property and Business Interruption Insurance (MDI-06)||Mixed Assessment - 1 assignment and 1 exam over 18 weeks|
|Life Assurance and Pension Administration (MDI-10)||Mixed Assessment - 1 assignment and 1 exam over 18 weeks|
Compulsory diploma-level modules (01 & 02)
There will be no more exam sittings for these modules. These modules moved to mixed assessment in Winter 2019. If you need to repeat one of these modules, you will repeat on a mixed assessment basis.
Product diploma-level modules (04 & 05)
The last exam-only sitting for these modules is open for registration from 18 November 2019, with the final exam taking place in May 2020.
Product diploma-level modules (06 & 10)
The last exam-only sitting for these modules will open for registrations in May 2020, with the final exam taking place in November 2020. As of November 2020, two exam sittings remain – May 2020 and November 2020.
Advanced level modules (07, 08 & 09)
There will be no more exam sittings for these modules. These modules moved to continuous assessment in Summer 2019. If you need to repeat one of these modules, you will repeat on a continuous assessment basis.
Please check for registration closing and other key dates here
Advanced Diploma modules will run over 21 weeks while the compulsory and diploma level modules will run over 18 weeks.
MDI is moving to a blended learning delivery, combining on-demand supports with online live classes along with a face-to-face induction session. Classes will be delivered in 1.5 hour blocks throughout the semester.
On-demand learning supports will be available on Connect to support students completing their assessments.
MDI 01, 02, 04, 05, 06 & 10 will consist of an assignment and MCQ exam. MDI 07, 08 & 09 will consist of 3 written assignments.
The pass mark for diploma modules is 60% for the assignment and 65% for the MCQ exam.
For the advanced modules the pass mark is 50%. Each assessment must be passed in order to be successful in the module.
On-demand learning supports will be made available on Connect to support students completing their assignments or exams.
Supports for diploma level modules will include:
• Assignment support
• Sample coursework and MCQs
Supports for the advanced diploma level modules will include:
• Research support guide
• Writing support guide
• Assignment guide
• Referencing and anti-plagiarism guide
• Reading lists
• Sample business reports/assignments
Students will still be allocated a core textbook for study. However, success in the advanced modules will require students to undertake further reading and independent research beyond the core textbook.
Yes, you will be awarded CPD credits for each assessment you successfully complete. A total of 8 CPD hours is allocated to each module.
Students who successfully complete the MDI programme can attain CII credits as they work toward their ACII qualification. Credits can only be claimed on successful completion of the MDI qualification and not on a module-per-module basis. As of August 2018, students are awarded 30 credits max per MDI advanced module and 25 credits max for compulsory and product modules. Students can use a maximum of 210 credits from another institution (outside of the CII) to achieve their ACII designation with the CII.
The changes in delivery will not affect your ability to progress through the programme.
The content, delivery and assessment of the programme has been redesigned to enhance your technical knowledge and develop key management skills such as critical thinking, report writing, research and problem solving. These changes provide for a more flexible assessment method with streamlined delivery to fit the needs of a modern-day insurance professional.
Registration will close before week 1 of the semester starts. Students will not be allowed to register late during the semester. This is to ensure that you will have adequate time to prepare for your assignments and have a chance to attend all tutorials and workshops.
The leap from CIP to MDI is often bigger than students expect. For this reason, we recommend that you begin with one of the compulsory diploma-level modules (01 & 02).
Post-exam data has shown that first-time MDI students tend to be more successful in these modules and less successful when they begin with an advanced module. The assessment of the advanced modules requires higher levels of critical thinking and application, as well as a commitment to independent research and a good standard of business writing.