Top-up MSc Corporate Governance (Fast Track for ICSA Graduates)Southwark Campus
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.
1 semester plus dissertation (Fast Track)
Modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written exams (varies from module to module). A typical 20 credits taught module involves a total of 200 study hours (typically 52 contact hours and 148 group and private study hours).
- Creativity Enterprise and InnovationThe module focuses on the rapidly changing world around us, it is imperative that students are able to think creatively, problem solve and create advantage for themselves (be entrepreneurial) and for the businesses they may work for (be intrapreneurial). The module encourages students to question what they see and experience around them with an aim to enhance their creativity and to discover new and improved ways of doing things.
- Curiosity, Creativity and Research
This module introduces students to the research process, the mindset of the researcher and in particular to the idea of creativity in research and what it means to be a ‘creative researcher’. In this module, students will identify potential topics for their practice-based dissertation and explore these with the aid of creative thinking techniques. In this way their research ideas can be refined and expressed in terms of clear research questions and objectives making use of the relevant literature and theoretical concepts.
- Research in Action
The module focuses on the nature, approaches, methods, tools and techniques of research within relevant disciplines from the business environment. In doing so it attempts to develop the skills and knowledge required to complete Master’s level research where the emphasis of the research is in improving aspects of business process and business practice. Thus the module is practically oriented towards the completion of a research proposal that will form the basis of the final practice-based project module.
- Management Consultancy in a Global Environment
This module is designed to develop professional consultancy skills by studying organisational structure and culture, situational analysis and diagnosis, communication strategies for consulting and group dynamics. Focusing on the development of business research; client handling and project management skills, completion of this module will enable students to prepare a succinct, clear, evidence based, persuasive consultancy led project plan , aligned to the strategic vision of an organisation and which they are able to effectively pitch to a client.
- Capstone Business Project
This capstone, independent research project draws upon the students’ skills and knowledge gained thus far enabling application of learning to a scenario resulting in added value to an organisation and creating real world impact. This student driven project must address a current issue or opportunity in an organisational or industrial context. Projects can relate to a student’s current role or internship or students can use this opportunity to deepen their knowledge of different sectors or organisations thus make connections utilising the project as a vehicle to impress future employers creating a possible stepping stone to their next job. Alternatively they may wish to investigate possible entrepreneurial opportunities.
- Company Administration and Compliance
The module is rooted in the discipline of corporate governance while making sure that company operates within the context of international sustainability. The module focuses on the role of the company secretary or governance professional with respect to the company’s operating and governance framework. It specifically addresses issues around corporate administration, compliance and board effectiveness as a mechanism towards good governance principles, ethics and sustainability.
- Corporate and Business Law
This module examines the general principles of English Law which have a major impact in the business environment in which corporate governance professionals operate. It introduces the sources of English law, with focus on company and corporate law. It examines the nature of different forms of business organisations and constitution of companies as well as the relationship between the board of directors, shareholders and employees. The legal requirements relating to shares and loan capital are considered as is corporate failure. The different treatment afforded to public companies by legislation is also highlighted, as is the impact of EU law. Director as agents of the company and the business contracts entered by the companies.
- Developing Strategic Direction
This module challenges concepts of strategy, its scope, purpose and outcomes and provides a practical outline of a number of different approaches to strategic management.
- Effective Boardroom Dynamics This module enables participants to manage people effectively within the dynamics of the corporate boardroom. In a corporate environment, managers come in contact and work with a range of stakeholders, such as senior managers and executives, employees, clients, investors, partners and government officials. Such stakeholders affect the power dynamics in the corporate boardroom. In addition, cultural diversity in the boardroom adds to the complexity of effectively managing such communications. The module is, underpinned byan implicit acknowledgement of the powerful dynamics created by the intersecting themes of organisational politics, organisation culture and organisation behaviour. This module, therefore, explores the importance of corporate boardroom dynamics and enables participant’s to gain skills,which can help them influence and effectchange, which in turn can help ensure that better decisions are made at board level; thereby contributing to the strategic success of the organisation.
- Financial Reporting and Decision MakingThe module is intended to develop a critical appreciation of financial reporting information and the regulatory framework of financial reporting. The module also exposes students to some of the key concepts of business finance and introduces students to the methods/tools used to assess the risks and viability of value enhancing contracts and projects. The module adopts the perspective of a critical user of corporate financial reports and explores the sources of finance for business entities and optimal use of working capital.
- Governance and Leadership
The module examines the area of governance and leadership within organisations in the broad context of the agency relationship and focuses on the respective roles and responsibilities of directors and officers to organisational stakeholders. The module explores internal review and feedback to implement and support effective governance and leadership. The module also assesses key aspects of responsible management and covers personal and professional ethics, ethical frameworks – and professional behaviour and conduct in a variety of contexts.
- Organisational Risk Management and Internal Controls
The module explores internal review, control, and feedback to implement and support effective governance, including compliance issues related to decision-making and decision-support functions. The module also examines the whole area of identifying, assessing, and controlling risk as a key aspect of responsible management.
- Regulatory environment of Risk Management
The module explores the discipline of risk management, including how risk management links to compliance management within organisations. The module also examines the role of the board in terms of the risk management processes and will explore techniques that can be used to ensure the effective assessment, monitoring and control of risk at all levels within an organisation.
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.
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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.
This course has been developed in close collaboration with, and accredited by, ICSA, the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals..
- The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals, and a recognised world authority on governance, risk and compliance.
- Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
Recent guest lecturers:
- Helen Mahy, Group Company Secretary, National Grid plc
- Simon Osborne, Chief Executive, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
Other past events include:
"Customer Focus in Banking: How to implement it?"
Keynote speaker: Owen Woodley, Managing Director, Lloyds Bank Retail.
Panel: Mark Mullen, Chief Executive, First Direct & Head of UK Contact Centres; Paul Lynam, CEO, Secure Trust Bank; Ashleye Gunn, Consumers Association 'Which?'; Richard Goodman, Policy Director, Financial Ombudsman.
Chairman: Chris Skinner, Chair, the Financial Services Club
"Making Corporate Governance effective in banking"
Keynote speaker: Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director, ICSA.
Panel: Prof. Andrew Chambers, International Internal Audit Standards Board; Mike Trippit, Director, Equity Research - Banks, Numis; Catherine Howarth, CEO, Share Action; Robert Hingley, Director of Investment Affairs, Association of British Insurers; Charles Middleton, CEO, Triodos Bank.
Chairman: Simon Osborne, CEO, ICSA
"Fixing our banks: What to fix and by whom?"
- Chris Skinner - Chairman – European Networking Forum. The Financial Services Club
- A bank's perspective: Triodos Bank – Charles Middleton
- Board of Directors and Shareholders' issues: ICSA – Patrick Gonsalves
- Employees' issues: Unite. Finance & Legal – National Officer – Dominic Hook
- Customer's issues: Which? Consumers Association. Head of Money Content – James Daley
- Regulatory issues: Internal Audit Guidance for Financial Services, set up by the FSA and the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors – Professor Andrew Chambers
The conference discussed the different stakeholders' perspectives about the changes that should be introduced in the banking system to deal effectively with the current crisis affecting financial institutions.
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.
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 (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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1 semester plus dissertation (Fast Track)
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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:
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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