Taught course

Corporate Governance and Leadership (top up from ICSA)

University of Northampton · Northampton Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed The Institute of Chartered Secretaries examinations or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc is designed for ICSA graduates and aims to provide a means by which the continuing professional and personal needs of chartered secretaries may be met.

The MSc is designed to provide continuing professional development for aspiring chartered secretaries. Specifically, it aims to extend competence gained via professional qualification with ICSA and to enhance the ability of students to think strategically about leadership and management. In particular the two modules 'The Effective Manager' and 'Strategic Leadership' take an in-depth look at leadership and management skills. This top-up course is available via distance learning worldwide and students are supported by online materials and tutor guidance.

These modules are concerned with the evaluation and development of skills appropriate for managing others. Effective managers have a range of different approaches to their work, sharing a diverse set of personality traits, attributes, values and beliefs. These may underpin skills proficiency, but are not in themselves skills. A key purpose of these modules is to encourage students to develop a sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and development needs as managers, colleagues and subordinates. The modules seek to build upon and improve a range of definable skills which are pivotal to effective management practice and successful leadership. More specialised skills which are of particular significance to effective people management will be enhanced and developed. The modules will introduce some of the central theories and frameworks in leadership and enable you to apply these theories and frameworks to analyse and address real strategic problems. The key themes of these modules are:

Enhancing self development and the development of others
An understanding of business environmental complexity (internal and external)
Key strategic leadership skills, competencies and capabilities, which also reinforce employability skills (e.g. self management, team-work, critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication)
Meeting ethical challenges inherent in operating at the strategic level within multicultural contexts
Promoting sustainable competitive advantage
Leading change and transformation, whilst meeting the challenges of the information age

Following successful completion of the two modules, students are required to undertake a dissertation related to an aspect of corporate governance and leadership and it is expected that this would be related to current employment.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

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