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Corporate Governance with Graduate ICSA MSc

Overview

Influence corporate affairs

This course provides a sound understanding of corporate governance and leadership from investor and stakeholder perspectives. It will develop your ability to appreciate and influence the factors governing corporate affairs.

The programme is academically rigorous and meets the needs of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) giving full exemption from ICSA's professional examinations. Successful students gain Grad ICSA status in addition to the Masters. Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post-nominal ACIS.

Why Corporate Governance at LSBU?

Benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including research techniques, a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.
This course is accredited by the ICSA. The School also has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our leading-edge practice.
Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
No.3 London Modern University for graduate prospects in Business and Management Studies (Complete University Guide League Table 2018).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
15 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including written reports, presentations, coursework and exams. An academic is appointed as your Dissertation Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice.

The PgDip comprises six taught modules (five full modules and two half modules) and the MSc comprises the same modules plus a dissertation (circa 16,000 words) in the subject area of corporate governance.

Semester 1

  • Corporate governance - principles and practice
  • International financial reporting and analysis
  • International strategy
  • Business and corporate law

Semester 2

  • International finance and decision making
  • Corporate secretarial practice (1/2 module)
  • Research methods (1/2 module)
  • Dissertation (required for award of MSc)

Employability

The programme is benchmarked against ICSA’s own high level standards. On completion, graduates who go on to become chartered secretaries will be professionally qualified to undertake a variety of senior roles in governance, law, finance, strategy, leadership, and administration. Many will follow a highly successful and financially rewarding career in a number of sectors, including private, public and voluntary.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Gain Graduate ICSA status, with the opportunity to apply for full Chartered Membership
  • Gain in depth understanding of corporate governance, from corporate, investor and stakeholder perspectives
  • Have a better understanding of management theory, as well as a highly specialised set of board level leadership skills
  • Gain the skills to become a strategic thinker able to recognise, analyse and influence the factors governing corporate affairs

The Masters in Corporate Governance combined with the internationally recognised ICSA qualification makes graduates highly employable in senior governance and administration positions. On this programme you will be encouraged to develop yourself in order to become a key player, with the skills, vision and ability to influence change.

Due to their varied knowledge and expertise, qualified chartered secretaries command highly-paid jobs in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

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.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Cherry Cheung

School/Division: Business / Accounting, Finance and Economics
Job title: Senior Lecturer and Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Research Group Lead

Cherry is Senior Lecturer and Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Research Group Lead. Her research interests include business and law pedagogies.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

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

Assessment is by a combination of examination and/or coursework. Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by  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

Applicants with any of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • Normally a relevant honours degree (minimum lower second) in accounting and finance, UK law, business studies or economics. Other degrees and equivalent qualifications will be considered on merit
  • Completion of all levels of the CCAB professional examinations and ICSA Diploma in Business
  • Completion of all levels of CIMA examinations
  • Other (non-relevant) qualifications will be considered if students have relevant business experience

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in reading, speaking and writing in the English Language. The entry requirements will be consistent with those for Master’s courses as set out in the University’s Academic Regulations for Taught Programmes - normally international students for whom English is not the first language will require to have gained IELTS at level 6.5 (or equivalent).

In addition to the normal entry requirements, Admission Tutors will look for evidence of the following abilities:

  • Motivation, interest and commitment
  • Communication skills such as the ability to write clearly and in a coherent way and
    communicate orally with other people.
  • Ability to manage simultaneously a demanding course of study together with professional
    and personal commitments.

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
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
5339
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
15 months
Start date
January
Application code
5340
Application method
See below
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start date
January; September
Application code
1319
Application method
See below

If your course has a January start option, you should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5340Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5339Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3866.67International fee: £5833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 1319Session code: 1PS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £3866.67International fee: £5833.33
AOS/LSBU code: 1319Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Preparatory reading

  • '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:
 
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