MSc in Corporate Governance with Graduate ICSA

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc in Corporate Governance with Graduate ICSA

London South Bank University

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 specialized 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 specialized set of board-level leadership skills
  • Gain the skills to become a strategic thinker able to recognize, analyze 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, a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 15 months January; September Southwark Campus
Part-time 30 months January; September Southwark Campus


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.

Indicative modules as listed below

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 an 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 recognized 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

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


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.

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.

Entry requirements

  • Any Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division*; or
  • Completion of all levels of the CCAB professional examinations*; or
  • Completion of all levels of CIMA examinations*; or
  • ICSA Diploma in Business and other (non-relevant) qualifications will be considered if students have relevant business experience.

*These students will be considered for exemptions from their equivalent papers.

  • Business experience is considered desirable.
  • Required English language skills to undertake this programme IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 or equivalent.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
15 - 30 months
Part time
Full time
8,700 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £8700; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3866.67; International fee: £5833.33
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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