MSc Corporate Governance/Graduate ICSA

Course Summary

This popular course will provide you with a highly specialised set of skills and develop your ability to appreciate and influence the factors governing corporate affairs. It is essentially a mixture of finance, law and governance focusing on the role of corporate administration. In this context, ‘corporate’ is used in its wider sense and therefore includes private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

Duration and mode: The course is taught in Guernsey, part-time over two academic years. Teaching will take place over 11 two-day blocks (09:00 – 17:00 on Fridays & Saturdays) during the course of the academic year (September – May). On completion of the taught aspect of the course you then have approximately 6 months to undertake a supervised research project on a topic of your choice to achieve the masters. For the schedule of teaching dates for 2019-20 please follow the link here.

Course fees: The 2.5 year programme fees are inclusive of all lectures, exam fees and research project supervision, and we are pleased to be able to offer interest-free payment plans. Fees for the 2019-21 cohort will be £12,000 inclusive of all lectures, exam fees and research project supervision.

Fast track: If you already hold full ICSA CSQS, CCAB, ACA, ACCA or CIMA or equivalent, you would be eligible to exemption from the first year of this course and can apply to the MSc Corporate Governance/GradICSA Fast Track (commencing in September 2020).

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If you would like to discuss your development options please contact GTA Head of University Programmes Kate Lenfestey on 01481-746889.


Each taught unit of the programme involves extensive in-class discussions and the opportunity in some units to deal with real data derived from recent research and professional practice. All students will have access to extensive online study materials via the university's virtual learning environment.

  • Corporate Management & Control: You'll be exposed to legal principles and specific areas of legislation affecting business transactions and internal financial control, enabling you to merge theory and practice in applying the concepts of corporate and business strategy.
  • Corporate Law - Theory & Practice: In this unit, you will gain an understanding of contemporary corporate law, evaluating key issues from theoretical and practical perspectives.
  • Financial Reporting & Analysis: Learn the main principles and techniques involved in the production of financial statements and the analysis of corporate financial reporting.
  • Corporate Stewardship: Illustrating the fundamental concepts in the protection of intellectual property rights, this unit will provide an understanding of the role of company secretary in the effective administration of organisations while covering key issues in risk management.
  • Corporate Governance & Ethics: The objectives, principles and methods of Corporate Governance practice in different economic environments. You'll show how governance and ethics can support managerial decision-making, particularly for risk management.
  • International Corporate Finance: The aims of this unit are to address the importance of the corporate finance function in an internationally diverse corporation and to offer a framework for assisting corporate decision-makers in a complex, dynamic and inherently uncertain external environment.
  • Research Project: The research project provides masters level students with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in an area that interests you and is relevant to the course.

Course Benefits

In pursuing this programme you will have the opportunity to:

  • undertake an academically rigorous study, at an advanced level, of corporate governance including major aspects of current thinking and developments
  • enhance your ability to effectively administer corporate affairs within an organisation, and contribute to corporate performance appropriate to employment at a senior level
  • examine the interrelationships between the major contributing disciplines and functional specialisms, and the manner in which they interrelate in corporate governance
  • build outwards from your individual field to foster self-development, developing your capability for effective teamwork, objective analysis and communication
  • foster an understanding and appreciation of ethics and values relating to the business community and the relationship to corporate governance
  • enhance your career potential.

Course at a Glance

  • Next Start Dates: New dates TBA
  • CPD Points: MSc / Graduate ICSA
  • Course Cost: £12,000.00
  • Course Length: 2.5 years- Next intake start date September 2021


A Bachelor’s Honours degree, 2:2 or above, or equivalent professional qualifications/experience will be considered – please contact Kate Lenfestey to confirm.

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