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Corporate Governance (Fast Track for ICSA Graduates) Top-up MSc


Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals, as well a recognised world authority on governance, risk and compliance, this top-up degree is aimed at those who already hold the ICSA qualification and wish to gain a full Masters qualification.

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including academic skills for finance, accounting and governance" and research techniques, access to Blueprint (the market-leading entity management software used by most chartered secretaries), plus a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences. Find out more about ICSA Software.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 semester plus dissertation (Fast Track)
Start Date
January; September
Southwark Campus


Semester 1

  • Corporate governance principles and practice
  • Research design and methods

Semester 2

  • Dissertation (circa 16,000 words) in the subject area of corporate governance

Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate an active mode of learning. Assessment is by written coursework.

An academic is appointed as your Dissertation Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation.


Due to their varied knowledge and expertise, qualified chartered secretaries command highly-paid jobs in the private, public and voluntary sectors. A Masters degree in Corporate Governance combined with the internationally recognised ICSA qualification makes graduates highly employable in senior roles within governance, law, finance, strategy, leadership, and administration. For more information refer to the Become a Chartered Secretary section of the ICSA website.

Past employability skills events held include:

"My Employability event"

  • My dream job
  • Preparing CVs and cover letters
  • Using databases to research the company
  • IT qualifications for your CV
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Managing expectations
  • Internships

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At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
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Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


You'll benefit from the opportunity to take internships, be encouraged to get involved in initiatives that promote links with different firms and companies, and to participate in different programmes and schemes comprising voluntary work.


Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning.

Assessment is by written coursework.

Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by professional , teaching and/or research experience. An academic is appointed as your Dissertation Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation.

Entry requirements

This course is available on a full or part time basis to anyone already holding Grad ICSA or full membership of the ICSA.

  • MSc CG (Fast Track for ICSA Gradurates): Completion of Professional Stages Part II of the International Qualifying Scheme of the ICSA.
  • Business experience is considered desirable.
  • Required English language skills  to undertake this programme IELTS and have a balanced score of 6.5 in IELTS (or equivalent).

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
1 semester plus dissertation (Fast Track)
Start date
January; September
Application code
Application method
See below

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The fee shown is for 2018/19 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2019/20 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £4833.33International fee: £7291.67
AOS/LSBU code: 3375Session code: 1FS02
The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £5075International fee: £7655.56
AOS/LSBU code: 3375Session code: 1FS01

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Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

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Prepare for MSc Corporate Governance

When you are a student you'll be able to access key texts through the Perry Library or purchase. Because this is a fast moving subject area it is important that you are reading the most current editions. We would recommend that you do not buy textbooks until you are on the course. However, there is important reading you can do in preparation.

Your main source in advance will the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) where you should subscribe to email notifications. You should particularly look at the ICSA Guidance on Company Secretaries and Corporate Governance. If you are a member, Graduate or student you should also look online at the ICSA Chartered Secretary Journal.

  • 'Governance and Compliance' ICSA monthly magazine
  • 'One Stop Company Secretary' David Martin
  • 'ICSA Company Secretary's Handbook' 10th Edition Doug Armour ISBN
  • 'Corporate Secretarial Practice' 2nd Edition Luke Thomas.
  • 'A Practical Guide to the UK Listing Regime' Herbert Smith Freehills 3rd Edition.
  • Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument (Palgrave Study Skills) Dr Stella Cottrell:

Websites as follows:

Keep up to date with all events impacting companies generally and specific companies concerning corporate governance and board performance, including director and company secretary responsibilities. This means reading the business section of a serious daily newspaper or the Financial Times.

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