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Course content

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.


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

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.


- 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/

Visit the Corporate Governance (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!




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