The master program Corporate Governance & Finance combines knowledge of financial management and governance systems with advanced academic research skills. Based on a blended learning concept, the program employs a balanced mix of online courses and traditional classroom lectures. Corporate Governance & Finance is not a typical distance education program, but is designed to match the requirements of students who wish to remain employed while studying. The program is fully taught in English and marked by continuous interaction between students and lecturers. The clear structure of semesters assists students in planning in advance and fulfilling their professional, academic, and private commitments simultaneously. Typically, graduates of Corporate Governance & Finance will be hired in or promoted to leading positions in fields such as corporate management, compliance, business consulting, politics, lobbying, financial institutions, and research.
The master program Corporate Governance & Finance addresses the specific needs of employed students. The blended learning concept comprises synchronous and asynchronous online lectures and mandatory classroom lectures in Innsbruck to assure high flexibility and optimized time-management.
Corporate Governance and Finance are of utmost importance for the long-term success of a company. Good and efficient management and control is not only important for international companies but increasingly relevant for medium-size businesses as well. Financial management is a strategic task for long-term existence of businesses. In today’s business environment, it must be coupled with good corporate governance to ensure sustainable success of the firm. The master program Corporate Governance & Finance enables graduates to take on senior management positions, and to assume responsibilities at the interface of financial management and regulatory frameworks.
The program is designed to suit the requirements of students who wish to remain employed during their studies. In order to help learners fulfilling their professional, academic and private commitments, semesters are structured consistently. For this, online lectures are held during evening hours and mandatory classroom attendance in Innsbruck is limited to a minimum. Typically, three courses take place in the first half of a semester with each course lasting three weeks. Following these nine weeks there is one week in which students must attend four days of classroom lectures and exams in Innsbruck. The second half of a semester is structured the same way with nine weeks of online courses and one week in which four days of classroom lectures and exams close the semester. The fourth study semester is structured differently. There are only six weeks of online lectures followed by one week with four days of mandatory classroom lectures and exams. After this, students are supposed to write their Master thesis and sit the final exam.
Due to the great demand in Ireland for the professional qualification as Associate (ACIS) of the ICSA, Ulster University offers this course with face-to-face tuition to help you achieve such a demanding professional and academic qualification. This course leads to graduate membership of ICSA , the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals. The course has been developed in close collaboration with the Institute and is fully accredited by them.
Due to its success rate for graduate recruitment and links with employers, this course was awarded the PostGrad Ireland Postgraduate Course of the Year – Business in 2012. Graduates from the course go on to work for organisations such as Deloitte, KPMG, Eversheds, Citi and PWC. Such is the demand for students who are qualified in management and corporate governance over the past few years that over 90% of successful students have gained graduate level jobs.
Course content is structured to ensure that students gain essential, current knowledge and skills in a range of subject areas as well as meeting the professional requirements of ICSA. The course is flexible whereby students can choose to leave with GradICSA and a Postgraduate Diploma (essentially two thirds of the Master's course). Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post nominal: ACIS.
This course is taught in Dublin (at the Marino Institute) or at the Jordanstown Campus.
The MSc Management and Corporate Governance course will provide you with the knowledge, professional and transferable skills that will equip you for senior appointments in industry, the social economy, voluntary, charitable and public sectors.
The course equips students to enter employment in roles such as corporate secretary, corporate administrator and head of compliance. These are the professionals who ensure that organisations operate within financial and legal good practice guidelines. Further information on jobs and careers related to this course can be found at http://www.icsa.org.uk.
The course equips students for a career in professional services through:
ICSA is the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals and is a world-leading authority on governance, risk and compliance. Chartered secretaries are professionals qualified in company law, accounting, corporate governance, administration, company secretarial practice and management. They are trained to chart a course through regulation, legislation and best practice, and to deliver effective operations. Chartered secretaries work as company secretaries and/or in other senior management and administrative positions in companies, charities, local government, educational institutions and trade bodies. The Institute has 36,000 members and students in over 70 countries. Further information is available at http://www.icsa.org.uk .
The full-time MSc Management and Corporate Governance course is usually taught on two days a week, with lectures taking place during the afternoon and evening. As well as weekly lectures some subjects are taught on a "block" basis - meaning that the modules are taught over three days; one module in each of semesters 1 and 2 is taught in this way.
The part-time MSc Management and Corporate Governance course is usually taught over 2 years. In semesters 1 and 2 the lectures take place during the afternoon and evening of one day per week. As well as these weekly lectures, three modules are taught on a "block" basis - meaning that the modules are taught over three days.
Students completing the Master's qualification will be required to take three modules in semester 3, these are usually taught on a 3 day "block" basis between May and July.
Marino Institute, Dublin
Students study the course over a 2 - 3 year period. Students begin by working towards the Postgraduate Diploma from Ulster University which includes GradICSA. This is taught in Dublin at the Marino Institute. Students then have the option to continue on to the Master's part of the course.
Modules are taught over 4 days. Some modules are taught over 2 consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, others are delivered over 3 weekdays with a follow up day later on in the month. Sample timetables are available by emailing [email protected].
There is a great demand for graduates from this course who have both a valuable academic qualification and a professional qualification from ICSA.
A number of organisations recruit directly from this course each year and the course can boast an employment rate of over 90% over the past few years with successful students being appointed to graduate level positions in organisations such as the following:
Maples Finance, BDO Ireland, Mason Hayes and Curran, FBD Holdings, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Lex Tray, Eversheds (Manchester), Mazars, Citi, A & L Goodbody, Bank of Ireland, Action Aid, KPMG, William Fry, PWC, Blackrock, Maples Finance and Deloitte.
Chartered secretaries are high-ranking professionals with a diverse set of skills unique amongst many professions. Trained in corporate law, finance, governance and corporate secretarial practice, Chartered secretaries are the focal point for independent advice about the conduct of business, governance and compliance. They can also offer legal and accounting advice and manage the development of strategy and corporate planning.
The LLM Corporate Governance is taught by Manchester's corporate governance and corporate social responsibility experts. The course will provide you with specialist knowledge about the law of conducting business in today's global society.
During this course you will examine the major theories concerning the nature of corporations, and the concerns driving corporate governance law and practice, and reform proposals. You will evaluate the effectiveness of current corporation governance processes in setting and pursuing objectives, both nationally and internationally. You will also examine the evidence for European and global convergence of corporate governance practices and the ways in which this might evolve.
All course units are assessed by either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment.
The course has a compulsory research component, in which students have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). If students choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research paper must be within the area of a semester two course unit that you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve students' legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, dissertation topic must be within those streams while for general LLM dissertation topics must be within one of the modules chosen by the student.
You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of two research papers (30 credits each) or a dissertation.
The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum. There will usually be course units offered on such diverse topics as international trade and corporate law, financial services regulation, European law, international economic law, intellectual property law, human rights law, corporate governance, and law and finance in emerging markets.
Course units are of the value of 15 or 30 credits. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or may be able to choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study. The following course units are cores in semester one for students undertaking this course: The Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance and Corporations and International Business Law.
The course has a compulsory research component, in which you have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the degree programme will total 120 credits and the research element of the degree programme will total 60 credits i.e. you will study 180 credits for a master's programme. If you choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research within the area of a semester one or a semester two course unit you have taken. If you choose to complete a dissertation this must be within the area of one units you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.
The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for masters study. To find out more please visit our Master's funding opportunity search page .
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
This is a rigorous degree which will give you up-to-date and globally applicable expertise for a career in the practice of corporate law.
Following a number of high-profile organisational scandals, effective corporate governance and the need for transparency and fairness in business is high on the agenda around the world. This course will give you the ability to influence strategic decision making, understand risk control and ethical considerations when it comes to leadership, and manage relationships with investors and key stakeholders.
You will develop your understanding of general management theory, challenge current modes of thinking and generate new ideas to improve your professional practice. You will gain a highly specialised set of board-level leadership skills, enabling you to recognise, analyse and, ultimately, influence the factors governing corporate affairs.
The fast-track delivery of this course will allow you to study efficiently over an intense two-week study block on campus. You will then be suitably supported during the distance learning element of the course that follows.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
Our course will provide you with current theoretical knowledge, which has practical value for any middle or senior manager, executive, or self-employed entrepreneur looking to develop a practical understanding of corporate governance. You will work with and share best practice ideas with fellow peers, and will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with experts from industry.
The fast track delivery of this course will allow you to study more efficiently and effectively over an intense two week study block at our University supported after this by distance learning.
Corporate governance and the related areas of business ethics and stakeholder theory are increasingly recognised as being significant for business success and sustainability. This course will allow you to demonstrate a critical, ethical and reflective approach to these key areas within current practice and may help you progress your career to a more senior level.
The MSc Corporate Governance and Leadership provides students 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 graduates will be eligible for the award of Grad ICSA. (Individuals are responsible for paying any professional membership or other administrative fees). This therefore defines the course and content details of the modules.
-Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance
-Applied Corporate and Business Law
-Financial and Business Strategy
-Corporate Secretarial Practice
-Financial Reporting and Analysis
-The Effective Manager
-Dissertation and Research Methods
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
One year full time. The taught programme lasts for two semesters. Students are expected to complete the dissertation within one additional semester.
Candidates can elect to study part time over two years. Attendance on one day per week.
The course has a mixture of assessment involving essays, reports and examinations, plus a dissertation.
-The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) accreditation.
-Student support systems.
-Link to professional courses.
Excellent career opportunities exist. 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 FTSE100 companies 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.
This programme will enable you to develop specialised and detailed knowledge and skills in relation to the legal rules regulating international corporate law and corporate governance issues in the UK, as well as at a global level. You’ll investigate and apply principles and rules found in various areas of corporate law to novel problems, and real-world and hypothetical scenarios. You’ll also critically evaluate the legal rules, regulations, theories and underlying policies relating to Corporate Law.
You’ll have the opportunity to:
LLM Corporate Law is offered within the dynamic Centre for Business Law and Practice with all the facilities that a leading research-led university offers. This includes opportunities for co-curricular activities that enhance transferable skills and develop knowledge of the law’s impact in the wider world.
The Centre for Business Law and Practice offers a wide range of experience and expertise in a number of fields, with links to the business community through, for example, the Advisory Board, which includes practitioners amongst its members. Industry and professional speakers regularly participate in conference and seminar events, which you’re encouraged to attend.
The Centre includes amongst its members internationally renowned researchers, not only in corporate law, but in other business fields, and a number of teaching staff are qualified in the legal profession.
The compulsory modules studied will give you an in-depth knowledge of contemporary issues and problems in corporate finance law and securities regulation plus ideas for solution and reform; an opportunity to explore modern day and historical insolvency; and the chance to examine the role of corporate governance in the world economy.
These compulsory modules will also enable you to hone your legal research and writing skills, culminating in your dissertation – an independent piece of research on your chosen topic.
If you study with us, you’ll also benefit from our academic skills programme. This 10-week programme runs alongside your taught academic programme, and is specifically designed to meet the needs of home and international students in the School of Law. It allows you to refine and develop the academic and transferable skills needed to excel during your taught postgraduate programme, as well as prepare for professional roles after graduation.
The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you.
If you’re a part-time student, you’ll take four compulsory modules in your first year. In your second year, you’ll carry out your dissertation and study two optional modules.
Our compulsory and optional modules are taught through a range of smaller group seminars and lectures, depending on the individual module. All students meet weekly in the first semester for academic skills training. Support for the dissertation is provided via two group sessions, a number of one-to-one meetings and comment on draft work.
Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes, but to develop research and other critical skills.
Assessment is by a variety of methods but primarily involves the writing of an essay of up to 4,500 words at the end of each module. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 15,000 words.
Our graduates pursue careers in business, legal practice, the public service, or any career where success is built upon the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in international corporate law.
Graduates have gone on to work as lawyers and compliance officers as well as working in the education sector. A number of our students also remain with us to pursue a further research career as PhD students.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School of Law Careers Advisor. The School also arranges career development workshops, seminars and one-to-one sessions for students on all postgraduate programmes.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.