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 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.