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LLM Corporate Governance And Law/Grad ICSA


Course Description

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.

Visit the LLM Corporate Governance And Law/Grad ICSA page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Cara Crichton

184.jpg Cara Crichton, is studying the LLM Corporate Governance and Law while working full time for De La Rue plc.

I decided to do the Masters qualification to help me get ahead in my chosen field of corporate law. I'll be studying part time and fitting the course in around my job because I wanted to achieve the balance between a formal qualification and practical experience.

By law, every company must have a company secretary who manages the processes that ensure their organisation complies with company legislation, regulation and legal responsibilities. My current role is company secretarial assistant for De La Rue plc, a large commercial printer and papermaker. I provide administrative support to the Company Secretary and am involved in a variety of company secretarial tasks to provide a comprehensive support function to the Board of De La Rue plc and its subsidiary companies.

I began higher education by studying an access course for a year then I chose an undergraduate degree in LLB Law and European Studies. I didn't necessarily want to become a lawyer and when the University arranged a law fair which demonstrated alternative careers in law, it opened doors to a range of alternative careers for which my degree would be useful.

The qualification in Corporate Governance and Law will lead me towards a career as a company secretary. It's accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and on graduation students can apply for graduate status of ICSA which is important if you're hoping to embark upon a career as a company or chartered secretary.

Demand for chartered/company secretaries is strong across a huge range of organisations so I feel confident of getting a job at the end of the course.

A Masters degree gives you that extra qualification and should enable me to progress more quickly.

(Student Profile)

Ernestine Ndzi

208.jpg Ernestine Ndzi, is in her final year studying Corporate Governance and Law.
Corporate Governance and Law was not available at any of the universities in Cameroon, where I studied for my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, so I was really excited when I found out I had been accepted onto the course at Portsmouth.
I moved here at the start of 2007, having never lived abroad, so I really felt like I faced a dual challenge – getting to know a new place and starting a new course all at the same time.
I have been really overwhelmed with the attention that the University pays to its international students. The International Office has been very supportive and there is always a member of staff on hand to offer advice. To feel so welcome when you’re in an unfamiliar place is such an important thing and Portsmouth has really got it right.
Studying Corporate Governance and Law is like doing two courses in one as it combines two subjects that could quite easily stand on their own. There are a number of career paths I could now follow.
I am very fond of Portsmouth as a city too. It’s got a good atmosphere without being too busy and I really enjoy walking along the seafront when I want a break from my studies. I will miss it terribly if I return to Cameroon!


(Scholarship)

Portsmouth Business School Scholarship Programme - 20+ Awards

The Portsmouth Business School offers a scholarship programme for students who are commencing postgraduate study at the Business School. This comprises a limited number of awards to self-funding Home and European Union students. The scholarship will be in the form of a 40% discount from any tuition fees due after any other discounts such as the 20% discount for Portsmouth alumni or partial payments by sponsors.Additionally there is an International Student Bursaries scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

40% discount off the tuition fees

Eligibility

Awards will be made on a competitive basis, taking into consideration:• If applicable, management/professional experience (type and seniority),
• Academic achievement (minimum is a 2.1 degree)
A written submission of a maximum of 1000 words, in addition to the personal statement submitted with the application, detailing why you should be considered for a scholarship award, what you intend to contribute to your course, and how you will use your degree in your future career. Please use the web link below for details.

Application Procedure

Application form available via web link below

Further Information

http://www.port.ac.uk/pbsscholarships



Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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