Taught course

Corporate Governance and Law/Grad ICSA

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Law
Qualifications
LLM

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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 and you will follow either the law route or the non-law route.

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 and you will follow either the law route or the non-law route.

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.

Qualification and course duration

LLM

full time
12 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
pbs-studentrecruitment@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 2991