Taught course

Corporate Governance and Leadership

University of Northampton · Northampton Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a second class 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.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme of study is designed specifically for those that hold a finance, accounting, law or business qualification at undergraduate level and who wish to develop knowledge and/or pursue a career as a chartered secretary or in a related field.

The role of the chartered secretary is wide ranging, stimulating and at the heart of modern business. Responsibilities range from accounting and financial management to research and business planning, from economics to human resources and from company secretaryship to general management, the latter involving all aspects of running a company. To maintain effectiveness in a constantly changing environment, chartered secretaries have to keep abreast of developments in a variety of fields. This calls for knowledge and understanding in a wide range of business disciplines such as common law, corporate governance, risk management, taxation, accounting and industrial relations. This degree therefore will expose the student to a range of business issues and problems that may require complex solutions. the programme will be challenging and will meet the requirements of the ICSA professional qualification. The degree also introduces students to key leadership issues critical in the development of organisational strategy.

Course content
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 awarded with Grad ICSA. This therefore defines the course and content details of the modules.

Special course features
Practical relevance
ICSA accreditation
Dedicated staff
Student support systems
Link to professional courses

Typical modules
Corporate Reporting
Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance
Applied and Corporate Law
Financial and Business Strategy
Corporate Secretarial Practice
Global Financial Strategy
Strategic Leadership

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months


part time
12 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

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