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Corporate Governance & Leadership MSc

Course Description

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


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.

Facilities and Special Features

-Practical relevance.
-ICSA accreditation.
-Dedicated staff.
-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.

Visit the Corporate Governance & Leadership MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject obtained from a UK university; equivalent degree or Postgraduate Diploma from a recognised university abroad; or professional qualifications such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AIB, ACII etc, if they are obtained by examination.

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