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The main aim of this Master's degree is to provide a postgraduate-level education for those interested in studying the complex and changing relationships between business corporations, their stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, etc.) and the societies in which they operate. Read more
The main aim of this Master's degree is to provide a postgraduate-level education for those interested in studying the complex and changing relationships between business corporations, their stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, etc.) and the societies in which they operate.

The economic and financial aspects of corporate governance relationships have long been of concern to those in the business and investment communities, and in recent years the social, political and moral aspects of these relationships have also become a major public concern. This programme aims to address both these sets of issues and to meet the needs of people wishing to engage critically with the policy aspects of corporate governance as well as those wishing to be involved professionally in the direction and regulation of companies and the management or trusteeship of pension funds and other investments.

The programme is available for full-time study over 1 year or part-time study over 2 years and combines coursework with independent research, leading to a dissertation. You can also choose a specialist pathway through the programme, depending on your interests and career objectives, selecting 1 from: corporate governance and ethics; environmental issues; finance and accounting; or public sector governance. These are run in collaboration with other departments at Birkbeck, giving you access to a wide range of option modules and a truly interdisciplinary approach to corporate governance and business ethics.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, theDepartment of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

The programme is international in scope, recognising both the wide variety of cultures and corporate governance systems within which businesses operate worldwide and the increasing globalisation of business and finance.
The programme builds on the Department of Management’s research strength in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics. This is supported by the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethicsresearch centre.
The programme combines an interdisciplinary approach with in-depth research training in management. It provides a strong foundation for PhD research in the area and has achieved ESRC Research Training recognition.
The programme benefits from the involvement of a number of leading figures in the field including members of national and international committees on corporate governance, shareholder activists and NGO representatives.
The programme has a number of streams, enabling you to concentrate on particular areas within the broader field of corporate governance and ethics, including public sector governance (in collaboration with our Department of Politics); environmental issues in corporate governance (in collaboration with our Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies); and finance and accounting.
Students who complete the MSc with a focus on finance and accounting will be exempted from 4 of the taught modules required for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) Professional Qualification, Grad ICSA.
Designed for those wishing to engage critically with the issues of business and society and those wishing to be involved professionally in corporate governance or corporate social responsibility.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

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In recent years corporate governance has experienced a considerable growth in popularity and recognition. Good corporate governance is a crucial part of corporate performance and accountability particularly during periods of economic downturn. Read more

Why take this course?

In recent years corporate governance has experienced a considerable growth in popularity and recognition. Good corporate governance is a crucial part of corporate performance and accountability particularly during periods of economic downturn.

The LLM is designed for law and non-law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, risk and compliance and gain the GradICSA qualification from ICSA, the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals, and a world-leading authority on governance, risk and compliance. Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post nominal ACIS. The University of Portsmouth is an ICSA University Partner.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Choose to take this course in full-time or part-time mode – whichever suits you best
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
Benefit from an accelerated route to a senior position in business once this course is completed

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is designed to give you a thorough grounding in corporate governance, vital legal regulation governing commerce and finance. It is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrations, and also ICSA which will be of particular interest if you want a professional qualification and career as a chartered secretary.

Qualifying as a chartered secretary is the route to a rewarding career that offers variety, challenge, influence and opportunity. You will be qualified to undertake a variety of senior roles in a number of sectors, both private and public. Moreover your qualification will have international recognition and provide opportunities for working overseas.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice is offered as an option for law graduates on our LLM programmes, giving you the opportunity to obtain its Graduate Fast Track Diploma together with your postgraduate law degree. After graduating this will enable you to apply for work as a legal executive or paralegal and following three years of qualifying employment, you can apply to be admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

Module Details

The full-time mode of this course lasts for one year:

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making
Dissertation

Optional units include:

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Employment Law (this unit is compulsory if you have not studied Employment Law at undergraduate level)
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making
Legal Approach to Business
Dissertation or Corporate Secretarial Case Study

Please note that those who undertake the non-law route will not be able to choose an optional unit.

The part-time mode of this course lasts three years:

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory unit:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice

Optional units include:

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Employment Law (this unit is compulsory if you have not studied Employment Law at undergraduate level)
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making

Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation.

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Legal Approach to Business

Year Two

You will undertake the following compulsory units:

Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making

Year Three

In the final year, students will complete and submit their dissertation.

Programme Assessment

You will be expected to attend eight hours of class time per week if you are on the full-time course whereas for the part-time course you attend approximately four hours per week. You will be encouraged to undertake independent study with time also devoted to group problem solving, discussion and debate.

The majority of the units will be assessed via exams, however much of your time will also be spend researching and writing your dissertation which concentrates on a topic of your choice.

Student Destinations

Chartered Secretaries are a primary source of advice on the conduct of business, from advice on legal issues through to the development of strategy and corporate planning. They are, in effect, an organisation's 'corporate conscience' and are highly valued by employers in all sectors. The profession is highly versatile with a variety of well-remunerated roles.

Once you graduate from this course and upon joining ICSA, which will require you to pay a fee, you will be entitled to use 'LLM' and 'GradICSA' after your name. You’ll be qualified as a Chartered Secretary and fully equipped to apply for a variety of roles in both the private and the public sectors. As well as providing a diverse and interesting career, the financial rewards for Chartered Secretaries is high. You can expect to be in demand across all sectors. Moreover your qualification will have international recognition and provide opportunities for working overseas.

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Course description. This course examines corporate governance from a variety of perspectives. It examines the major theories concerning the nature of corporations and their place in society; the major concerns driving corporate governance law and practice and reform proposals. Read more
Course description
This course examines corporate governance from a variety of perspectives. It examines the major theories concerning the nature of corporations and their place in society; the major concerns driving corporate governance law and practice and reform proposals. In addition the course looks at theories of the firm and their implications for corporate governance and aims to evaluate the effectiveness of corporation governance norms and institutions in achieving their goals. It also considers the evidence for European and global convergence of corporate governance practices and the ways in which this might evolve. The course puts the study of the major corporate governance issues into a comparative and global perspective.

Coursework and assessment
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.

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. These core course units constitute 60 credits from the total of 120 credits of taught course units for the course.
In addition to the core course units, you will be required to study other course units, selected from a range of options

Coursework and assessment
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).

English language
Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following English language qualifications:
- IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other sub categories;
- TOEFL (Internet-Based Test): minimum overall score of 100, with 25 in Writing and 22 in all other sub categories;
- Cambridge Proficiency: minimum grade of C;
- Pearson English: minimum overall score of 66, with 66 in Writing and 59 in all other sub categories.

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This innovative programme builds on the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies research expertise in company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation and financial law. Read more
This innovative programme builds on the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies research expertise in company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation and financial law. The programme is taught by leading academics from the University of London and other European and North American universities.

This degree has been designed to appeal to law graduates as well as those who come from other disciplines such as business studies, international relations, finance and economics, and would like to learn more about the legal side of international economic relations particularly international financial markets and services and develop a specialised understanding of corporate governance concepts and the role of financial regulation in today's globalised financial markets. The Institute is uniquely qualified and situated to offer this academic law degree programme in London - the world's leading international financial centre.

The programme offers courses that analyse corporate governance, financial regulation and international economics and financial law from a European and comparative perspective. Some of the main themes include the role of international economic organisations in globalised financial markets and the emerging legal and regulatory institutions that govern European financial markets. The United Kingdom's legal and regulatory regime is an important area of focus, including the various institutional models of regulation. Although the programme's core courses focus mainly on an academic analysis of the relevant legal and regulatory concepts and principles, there are optional courses offered by legal and regulatory practitioners that address the practical aspects of corporate governance and financial regulation.

Structure

Degree code: JTICG
Credit value: 180

Core modules:

International Corporate Governance and Transnational Corporations
International Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation
Bank Corporate Governance
Foreign Investment Law and Policy
The Law of International Trade and Finance
Money Laundering and Financial Regulation
Plus a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Students take six courses and the dissertation.

Assessment

Assessment of students is by coursework, namely by two written essays of 3,500 words each for each of the courses of the LLM. For the two modules students are assessed by one essay of 5,000 words. The pass mark for all examinations and the dissertation will be fifty per cent (50%), the Merit Award will be between 65 and 69% and the mark for Distinction will be seventy per cent (70%), as required by Regulation 10.25 of the Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees.

Mode of study

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

Part-time students take three modules (including one core module) in their first year and three modules and the dissertation in their second year.

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The course is academically rigorous and meets the professional needs of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) qualification whereby students are given full exemption from ICSA's Professional Examinations. Read more
The course is academically rigorous and meets the professional needs of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) qualification whereby students are given 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.

The programme is designed to provide a sound understanding of corporate governance and leadership from corporate, investor and stakeholder perspectives. This course will also equip you with a highly specialised set of skills that will develop the ability to appreciate and influence the factors governing corporate affairs.

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

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including academic skills for finance, accounting and governance, 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.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/corporate-governance-icsa-msc

Modules

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

Semester 2
- Business and corporate law
- International finance and decision making
- Corporate secretarial practice (1/2 module)
- Research methods (1/2 module)
- Dissertation (required for award of MSc)

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

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including written reports, presentations, coursework and exams.

Employability

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 skills events include the "My Employability" event comprising of the following:
- 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

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

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.

You will also have access to Proceed, the online recruitment platform provided by the ICSA for the HE sector that is designed for entry level student and graduate candidates looking for permanent and/or temporary positions, internships and work placements.

Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed 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 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.

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Following a number of high profile media scandals, corporate governance is high on the agenda for organisations around the world, with corporations increasingly expected to be transparent and fair. Read more
Following a number of high profile media scandals, corporate governance is high on the agenda for organisations around the world, with corporations increasingly expected to be transparent and fair. This course will give you the skills to influence strategic decision making, understand risk control and ethical considerations when it comes to leadership and managing 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'll 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 at our University. You will then be suitably supported during the distance learning element of thecourse that follows.

- 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.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/corporategov_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

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.

- Director
- Manager
- Corporate Consultant
- Business Analyst

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

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.

Core Modules

The Board, the Executive & Good Governance (all modes)
Develop an understanding of the current issues in corporate governance facing directors and senior executive managers, and the role the board and directors play in ensuring effective, ethical and good governance practice.

Managing Corporate & Stakeholder Relationships (all modes)
Address stakeholder management in a critical and integrated way by developing and addressing theory, values and techniques for engaging stakeholders. You'll also learn how stakeholder management relates to corporate responsibility, governance and leadership.

The Implementation of Strategic Change (full-time and part-time only)
Gain knowledge, understanding and an awareness of contemporary approaches to strategic implementation and change management, and explore how these might be effectively employed for sustaining success.

Business Process & Operations Management (full-time and part-time only)
Enhance your understanding of how evaluating, managing and improving business processes in a range of settings drives the performance of an organisation.

Critical Perspectives in Leadership & Governance (full-time and part-time only)
Through a critical appreciation of leadership and governance theory and practice, you'll build your capability to lead, plan and implement change responsibly with ethical awareness.

Dissertation (all modes)
You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Optional Modules

Entrepreneurship
Explore a range of entrepreneurship theories and practices, taking an in-depth examination of business start-ups, the experiences of entrepreneurs and key aspects of small business management.

Corporate Strategy
Develop a strategic organisational perspective as well as a basis for progression and application of strategic level skills, competencies, and decision-making capability.

Corporate Finance
Evaluate the fundamental concepts and theories of modern finance, identifying how these can be effectively applied in both national and multinational organisations.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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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 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. Read more
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 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.

Students at LSBU can find quality work placements and permanent roles in the chartered secretarial field with Proceed, the specialist portal for connecting graduates with opportunities.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/corporate-governance-fast-track-icsa-msc

Modules

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.

Employability

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.

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

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

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.

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The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. Read more
The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes. Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives.

We offer an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes, each of which prepares you for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience.

We have a large and vibrant international community and University of Bristol LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-leading experts.

The Labour Law and Corporate Governance LLM offers a range of units for those wishing to specialise in employment and company law matters. It provides an opportunity to study both employment and company law aspects of modern business comprehensively.

Programme structure

Part one - You may study four units from the following list, or three units from the following list with a further unit chosen from any of the other LLM programmes:
-Company Law
-Corporate Governance in the UK and US
-Global Perspectives on Corporate Governance
-Individual Employment Rights
-International Corporate Finance
-International Law of Labour and Welfare Rights
-Legal Perspectives on Sustainability
-Migration and Work
-The Law and Policy of Mergers and Acquisitions

Assessment is by examination and/or essay. Please view our programme catalogue for further information on the course structure and units available. Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Part two - In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation topic within the field of labour law for approval by the Law School. After passing part one, you start work on your dissertation for submission by September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to part two until you have passed part one.

Careers

The LLM programme provides a solid foundation for a wide variety of legal careers. Graduates from this programme may go on to careers ranging from commercial lawyers to human resources specialists.

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This LLM will enrich your understanding of the interaction between the process of globalisation and general principles of corporate governance and financial regulation. Read more
This LLM will enrich your understanding of the interaction between the process of globalisation and general principles of corporate governance and financial regulation. It gives in-depth coverage of key issues in this field, including compliance and practical skills on negotiating, drafting and structuring transactions.

You’ll explore issues of corporate regulation and compliance, ensuring that you understand the economic and social contexts in which they operate. The core module provides you with a theoretical framework to understand corporate governance concerns and strategies, as well as approaches to regulation. You’ll then choose five optional modules from an extensive selection of law modules and approved non-law modules.

Many of our students are sponsored by their employer or relevant ministries. Others move into corporate practice, making use of the specialist knowledge they have developed at Warwick.

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The MSc Management and Corporate Governance course will provide you with the knowledge, professional and key skills that will equip you for senior appointments in industry, the social economy, voluntary, charitable and public sectors. Read more
The MSc Management and Corporate Governance course will provide you with the knowledge, professional and key skills that will equip you for senior appointments in industry, the social economy, voluntary, charitable and public sectors.

Key benefits

- Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/management-and-corporate-governance-8901

Course detail

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:

• Development of transferable intellectual skills necessary for senior management roles;

• Application of corporate governance to the organisation;

• Study of management and organisational behaviour;

• Management of the finances of the organisation;

and

• Management of the legal environment of the organisation.

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.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Students are assessed via a combination of formal written examinations, individual assignments, group assignments and innovative practical exercises such as contributing to running a company Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Career options

​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.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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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. Read more
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.

Course modules (16/17)

-Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance
-Applied Corporate and Business Law
-Financial and Business Strategy
-Corporate Secretarial Practice
-Strategic Leadership
-Financial Reporting and Analysis
-Corporate Risk Management
-The Effective Manager
-Dissertation and Research Methods

Schedule

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.

Assessments

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

Facilities and Special Features

-Practical relevance.
-ICSA accreditation.
-Dedicated staff.
-Student support systems.
-Link to professional courses.

Careers

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.

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This programme will give you an international perspective on some of the most fundamentally important issues facing global business and society today and a theoretical and practical understanding of the fast-changing fields of governance and accountability. Read more
This programme will give you an international perspective on some of the most fundamentally important issues facing global business and society today and a theoretical and practical understanding of the fast-changing fields of governance and accountability.

Why this programme

-While you will receive a grounding in finance and governance in the first part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to specialise in law, management, ethics or engage in further studies in accountancy or finance.
-Your studies will balance critical engagement with theory and research, knowledge and understanding of techniques, and the development of the analytic skills needed for the effective management of governance and accountability in complex environments.
-Our staff have close connections to the accounting and finance profession. Many of our graduates have attained various positions in the financial sector, in industry and commerce, and in the public sector.

Programme structure

This programme offers a strong financial theme in the first semester, but allows students the chance of specialisation through further studies in finance, management or law. Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will take three core courses, three optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of dissertation, on an accounting-related theme, which gives you the flexibility to specialise based on your chosen area of interest.

Core courses
-Management accounting and control
-Foundations of international corporate finance
-International corporate governance and accountability.

Optional courses
-Audit, risk and control
-Accounting & business ethics
-Governing risk & uncertainty
-Human rights and business
-Responsible banking and development finance
-Social accounting, reporting and finance

Career prospects

The programme will prepare you for a career in governance or compliance. On completing the programme, you will also have a competitive edge in the job market when looking for roles in financial services businesses, or (for existing business executives) governance positions at higher levels of the business. The Adam Smith Business School has graduates working in accounting and finance roles all over the world, in organisations like Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Turner Broadcasting, KPMG, the United Nations, Coca Cola, Toyota, and PWC.

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This course brings into focus the themes of. -Sustainability. -Ethics. -Corporate and social responsibility. You gain a rigorous foundation in the application and critical evaluation of management accounting, and the regulation and content of International Accounting Standards. Read more
This course brings into focus the themes of:
-Sustainability
-Ethics
-Corporate and social responsibility

You gain a rigorous foundation in the application and critical evaluation of management accounting, and the regulation and content of International Accounting Standards.

You also develop the managerial and technical analytical skills required by employers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the spring and summer terms, you work on a research-based dissertation. A research methods module runs throughout the year. Assessment is through coursework, essays, group and individual reports, and presentations. There are also unseen examinations.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017

Careers

This course opens up an array of career opportunities in management consultancy and international accountancy, as well as with large international financial bodies such as the World Trade Organization or the World Bank.

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work as financial analysts or controllers with companies such as Aviva and BMW, or work as consultants for a range of international and national partnerships.

Others have taken up management positions in the public sector. Some are pursuing doctoral studies at other prestigious universities.

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This LLM Law is designed to provide a flexible educational experience that enables law graduates, non-law graduates and lawyers to develop their specialist legal interests at postgraduate level. Read more

Why take this course?

This LLM Law is designed to provide a flexible educational experience that enables law graduates, non-law graduates and lawyers to develop their specialist legal interests at postgraduate level.

Develop your expertise in very practical and sought-after subjects through taught units and supervised research on a course that promotes individual choice for your future careers.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Choose to take this course in full-time or part-time mode – whichever suits you best
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
Focus on particular areas of academic interest or develop a wider range of skills and knowledge

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice is offered as an option for law graduates on our LLM programmes, giving you the opportunity to obtain its Graduate Fast Track Diploma together with your postgraduate law degree. After graduating this will enable you to apply for work as a legal executive or paralegal and following three years of qualifying employment, you can apply to be admitted as a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives.

The benefits are clear:

An opportunity to obtain relevant employment straight after graduation without the need for further study or a Training Contract
A recognised professional qualification in addition to your degree
As a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, you have similar rights and opportunities of partnership as a solicitor.

Module Details

The full-time mode of this course lasts for one year and you will follow either the law route or the non-law route.

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake a dissertation/professional practitioner project and four units from the following list:

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Employment Law
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning Unit
Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Legal Approach to Business
Dissertation/Professional Practitioner Project
In addition, you will undertake three units from the following list:

Community Legal Research Project
Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Employment Law
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning Unit


The part-time mode of this course lasts three years and you will follow either the law route or the non-law route.

Law Route

Those who hold a UK law degree or equivalent will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake two units from the following list:

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Employment Law
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake two units from the following list (excluding units undertaken in the first year):

CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a qualifying law degree)
Community Legal Research Project
Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Employment Law
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
Work-based Learning Unit

Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation/professional practitioner project.

Non-Law Route

Those who do not hold a UK law degree or equivalent will be enrolled on the non-law route and will undertake the following units:

Year One

You will undertake the following compulsory unit:

Legal Approach to Business

You will also undertake one unit from the following list:

Community Legal Research Project
Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Employment Law
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning Unit

Year Two

You will undertake two units from the following list (excluding units undertaken in the first year):

Community Legal Research Project
Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
Employment Law
Global Corporate Responsibility
Intellectual Property Law
International and European Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Work-based Learning Unit
Year Three

In the final year, you will complete and submit your dissertation/professional practitioner project.

Programme Assessment

You will be expected to attend eight hours of class time per week if you are on the full-time course whereas for the part-time course you attend approximately four hours per week. You will be encouraged to undertake independent study with time also devoted to group problem solving, discussion and debate.

The majority of the units will be assessed via exams, however much of your time will also be spent researching and writing your dissertation which concentrates on a topic of your choice.

Student Destinations

The LLM in Law provides a springboard for many career paths. It allows potential law lecturers to develop expertise in a variety of subjects and provides the basis for a career in business or the public sector. It could also enable law practitioners to pursue new subject specialities.

Additionally, Law graduates who complete the CILEx option may apply for membership status of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Membership of CILEx and success on this LLM course will provide a real edge when competing for trainee legal executive opportunities.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Designated detention officer
Legal clerk
Paralegal assistant
Business development executive

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International business and business law has an impact on all manner of companies who need to adjust to the demands of global trade. Read more
International business and business law has an impact on all manner of companies who need to adjust to the demands of global trade. International Business Law embraces the legal framework and environment in which transnational business is conducted, providing an opportunity to learn the principles of that framework and the specific laws and regulations pertaining to areas such as international sales, intellectual property and corporate governance.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Given the increasing internationalisation of business, International Business Law continues to be of global relevance and importance to both business practices and legal advisers. This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your future career prospects and professional development by providing specialist knowledge of this important and growing area of legal knowledge.

If you choose this course you could benefit from:
-An in-depth understanding and analysis of international business law through the study of a range of contemporary international modules in areas such as trade, corporate governance, environmental law, international crime and competition law
-Extensive guidance on research, study and writing skills together with research design and methods, in preparation for writing assessments and researching and submitting your dissertation
-A range of contemporary international law modules to allow specialism in international sales, competition law, corporate governance and the regulation of activities affecting the international and criminal obligations of businesses
-The study of legal subjects and research and academic skills alongside home and EU students and a wide range of international students, thus gaining a rewarding and varied academic and personal experience

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Courses are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, together with the needs of industry and new legislative and other changes. The mandatory modules on the programme provide basic research skills and methodology and tuition in the core substantive legal areas:
-Research Skills
-Research Design
-Dissertation
-International Business Law
-International Trade Law
-International Corporate Governance

The dissertation will be studied in semester 3 and most mandatory modules are completed in semester 1, although it is possible to study some in semester 2.

The optional modules, from which you choose two, supplement the mandatory subject areas and allow further specialism:
-International Environmental Law
-International Corporate Crime
-International Competition Law and Practice

Optional modules are generally studied in semester 2, although it is possible to study some in semester 1.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The LLM in International Business Law can provide successful graduates with career opportunities in various areas and aspects of international business, either as a legal adviser or in a non-legal capacity. Some students will specialise as international business lawyers both at home and abroad, whilst other previous students have gone on to work for international organisations affecting the world of international business such as the IMF, World Bank, WIPO as well as the international trade departments of the United Nations. Given the focus on economic development in economically emerging countries, the LLM in International Business Law could also open the way for careers in development related work.

This course can also be an excellent preparation for further degrees and research and academic careers in universities and other academic and research institutions.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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