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MSc Corporate Governance and Leadership Who is it for?


You hold a finance, accounting, law or business qualification at undergraduate level and wish to develop your knowledge and/ or pursue a career as a chartered secretary or a related field.


About the Course


The role of the Chartered Secretary is wide ranging, stimulating and at the heart of modem business. Responsibilities range from accounting and financial management to research and business planning from economics to human resources and from company secretaryship to general management, the latter involving all aspects of running a company. To maintain effectiveness in a constantly changing environment, chartered secretaries have to keep abreast of developments in a variety of fields. This calls for knowledge and understanding in a wide range of business disciplines such as company law, corporate governance, risk management, taxation, accounting and industrial relations. This degree therefore will expose the student to a range of business issues and problems that may require complex solutions. The programme will be challenging and will meet the requirements of the ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) professional qualification.


Course Content


The MSc Corporate Governance and Leadership will provide you with a global perspective on these two key areas of fundamental importance to businesses and society globally. This programme is designed to provide a sound understanding of corporate governance and leadership from corporate, investor and stakeholder perspectives. The programme is also benchmarked against the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and on completion it is intended graduates will be awarded with Grad ICSA.


Modules • Financial Reporting


• Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance


• Corporate Risk Management


• Applied Corporate and Business Law • Business and Financial Strategy • Corporate Secretarial Practice • Strategic Leadership • The Effective Manager


Assessment The course has a mixture of assessments involving essays, reports and examinations, plus a dissertation.


Career Opportunities


Excellent career opportunities exist as Chartered Secretaries work in a number of different careers and across a variety of sectors including corporate, not-for-profit and charity. Some work as company secretaries for large organisations and others have roles such as chief executive, chairman, in-house counsel, director of legal services or finance director or they work in private practice offering business and legal services.


Duration of Course


The course starts in September and takes 12 months to complete. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, two taught semesters followed by a period of supported independent study whilst you complete your dissertation.


Entry Requirements


To be accepted onto this course you will normally need to hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree. A wide range of first degree disciplines will be considered but degrees in accounting, finance, law and business are particularly useful. Professional qualifications such ICSA, LLB, ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AIB, ACII, will also be considered. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).


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