Taught course

Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG

University of Portsmouth · School of Law

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


Course content


Develop your specialist knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, risk management, compliance and liability as you maximise your career potential on this course.

Corporate governance is fundamental to corporate performance and accountability, and professionals in this field are in high demand across all sectors of industry.

As you study you'll gain the legal foundations you need to make decisions and learn to apply your skills in the workplace.

Thanks to our strong connections with industry partners including the Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland (CGI) you’ll be well placed to pursue your chosen career when you graduate.

This LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG degree is designed for law and non-law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals alike. You do not need to have studied law before. If you graduated from a subject other than law, you’ll be brought up to speed in a compulsory law module to introduce you to some core principles of English law.

Once you’ve completed this Master in Laws Corporate Governance degree course you'll be eligible for the Grad.CG qualification from the CGI. If you have relevant work experience, you may also be able to apply for ACIS status (Associate in the Chartered Institute of Secretaries).

Course highlights

  • Learn the key elements of good corporate governance, and the key elements of corporate law
  • Graduate with a Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland (CGI) accredited qualification
  • Take advantage of our close connections with industry partners, including the CGI and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (WCCSA), to position yourself within the graduate job market
  • Have the option to study towards a Certificate of Training in Diligent Entities, the corporate secretarial software system
  • Learn from our expert staff in a combination of lectures, group problem solving, discussion, debate and independent study
  • Join our alumni network and our mentoring service with members of the legal profession

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support

You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events
  • Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • 1-to-1 appointments
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Support starting your own business
Careers and opportunities

Corporate governance is a crucial part of corporate performance and accountability. Professionals in this field are in demand across all sectors of industry.

If you have a background in law, this LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG degree will enhance your employability by developing your knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, risk and compliance.

If you've never studied law before, this Master's will provide you with a valuable and highly sought after combination of legal and corporate governance knowledge.

When you graduate you'll have a thorough knowledge of corporate governance issues and the skills and confidence to advance your career in this sector.

If you choose to work as a chartered secretary, you can enter senior roles in a number of industries in both the private and public sectors. Your qualification will give you international recognition, and you'll have the opportunity to work overseas.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    30 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Graduates of this course are eligible for Chartered Governance Institute (CGI) graduate status. This requires the payment of a fee to CGI. Once the fee is paid the successful graduate receives CGI 'graduate' status and is permitted to use GradCGI after their name.

Course contact details

023 9284 2991