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Corporate Governance with Graduate ICSA (MSc)

Course Description

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


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.


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.


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.

Visit the Corporate Governance with Graduate ICSA (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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