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Colin Tomlinson
Postgraduate course
MSc

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

International Scholarships available

Overview

The company secretary is a strategic and influential position that sits at the heart of governance operations within an organisation. As a qualified Company Secretary, you could have great influence on the ethical and moral quality of boardroom decision-making and actions, giving you the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world.

You may have existing experience in law, finance or general business and want to expand your horizons across the corporate sector. The role of company secretary enables you to work at the governance heart of an organisation, and potentially to work across a range of different organisational structures, presenting a dynamic career route.

This programme is accredited as meeting the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS), and as such will enable you to develop a strong understanding of governance and general management theory. Our module teaching teams will encourage you to challenge current modes of thinking and to generate new ideas to improve your professional practice. During the programme you will gain a highly specialised set of board-level leadership skills, enabling you to recognise, analyse and influence the factors governing corporate affairs.

Company secretary is a strategic and influential position that sits at the heart of governance operations within an organisation. As a qualified Company Secretary, you could have great influence on the ethical and moral quality of boardroom decision-making and actions, giving you the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world.

Enhance Your Careers and Future Prospects

Find out more about becoming a governance professional including the qualities and competencies required, possible career paths, typical pay levels and qualifications in the ICSA brochure.

ICSA Competency Framework

See what it takes to be a high performing Company Secretary in the ICSA competency framework.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

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This course will help you transform your outlook and will enable you to cultivate a global perspective in order to make a difference in the world. You will develop current theoretical knowledge which has practical value for any middle or senior manager, executive, or self-employed entrepreneur looking to develop a practical understanding of corporate governance. You will work with and share best practice ideas with fellow peers, and will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with experts from industry.

This course will provide an established route into a range of senior boardroom, governance and leadership careers including the role of Chartered Secretary. The valuable theoretical and practical experience you will gain on this programme will be attractive to employers, who potentially may wish to sponsor you to complete this qualification.

Senior Company Secretaries can expect to demand a six-figure salary.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Access to international networks
  • Access to a world class peer group
  • Become a resilient and authentic leader
  • Develop your ability to influence
  • Focus on your direct route to the boardroom
  • Gain a global perspective
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Entry Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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Download 2018/19 Course Spec Download

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Applied Business Law

Corporate Finance

Corporate Secretarial Practice

Financial Reporting

The Practice of Governance, Leadership & Strategy

Applied Corporate Law

Download 2018/19 Course Spec Download

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Applied Business Law

Corporate Finance

Corporate Secretarial Practice

Financial Reporting

The Practice of Governance, Leadership & Strategy

Applied Corporate Law

Your dissertation will be the culmination of your governance programme. The project will provide an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout your studies to the resolution of a business problem or in the investigation of an area that interests you further. You will undertake a sustained and challenging piece of research in your specialist area of corporate governance or Chartered Secretary practice. This module will require you to work across a variety of areas including design collection, analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary evidence. Your studies will enable you to learn more about real-world business issues and practices, and could help you to connect with a variety of organisations.

This module will enable you to develop a broad appreciation of the legal principles that underpin society and inform business best practice; an essential element in the role of the Chartered Secretary. You will understand the core legal principles that influence the commercial environment and you will gain insights into how such principles should be interpreted and applied in real working practice.

Chartered Secretaries help to ensure decisions are properly made and implemented, and that appropriate risk management systems are in place to maximise value for key stakeholders of the organisation. An understanding of how value is created or destroyed is central to the governance of an organisation, and this module will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to evaluate the impact of financial decisions on stakeholders. You will also understand how to participate in decision-making and processes concerning the maximisation of value in investment, finance and risk management, and the delivery of value for money in achieving the objectives of not-for-profit organisations.

You will gain a sound understanding of the legal framework that governs organisations, legal principles and their practical application, with particular focus on the UK law of registered company. Chartered Secretaries are required to have a sound knowledge and understanding of such legal framework and specifically how it applies in a business context. This module will develop your understanding of corporate law in the context of working with governing authorities across the private, public and voluntary sectors with issues of regulatory compliance.

This module will help you gain the knowledge and skills you will need to discharge your professional responsibilities as a Chartered Secretary, particularly so in a boardroom context where you will be able to contribute to the analysis, presentation and interpretation of corporate financial performance and results, including surfacing implications for the organisation, shareholders and stakeholders, and for effective corporate governance. You will be introduced to a range of fundamental financial accounting concepts and techniques, including how to appraise published financial statements involving the calculation and interpretation of key ratios, an evaluation of the impact of accounting policy and a critical appraisal of the usefulness published financial statements as a source of information.

You will focus on the elements, processes and techniques involved in the development and implementation of organisational strategy. In addition, you will understand the role of the Chartered Secretary in ensuring that strategy fits organisational purpose, that it is acceptable in terms of risk, and that it is consistent with good governance practices as well as with stakeholder requirements and concerns. This module will challenge you to critically evaluate the role played by Chartered Secretaries working in a senior management team supporting the decision-making processes. As the Chartered Secretary, your advice will include all aspects of governance obligations of organisations, covering not only legal duties, but also applicable and recommended standards of best practice. In this critical role, you will develop a sound understanding of corporate governance law and practice in a national and international context.

This module will provide you with a critical understanding of the different roles played by the Chartered Secretary in promoting and reinforcing good governance across the organisation and ensuring compliance with statutory obligations and good practice. You will gain a sound understanding of the practical work carried out by Chartered Secretaries in devising and overseeing appropriate systems and processes to ensure that the company and its directors are compliant with the Companies Act 2006 and with the company’s constitution. You will also study the management of practical and company law issues in relation to shareholders.

Your dissertation will be the culmination of your governance programme. The project will provide an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout your studies to the resolution of a business problem or in the investigation of an area that interests you further. You will undertake a sustained and challenging piece of research in your specialist area of corporate governance or Chartered Secretary practice. This module will require you to work across a variety of areas including design collection, analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary evidence. Your studies will enable you to learn more about real-world business issues and practices, and could help you to connect with a variety of organisations.

This module will enable you to develop a broad appreciation of the legal principles that underpin society and inform business best practice; an essential element in the role of the Chartered Secretary. You will understand the core legal principles that influence the commercial environment and you will gain insights into how such principles should be interpreted and applied in real working practice.

Chartered Secretaries help to ensure decisions are properly made and implemented, and that appropriate risk management systems are in place to maximise value for key stakeholders of the organisation. An understanding of how value is created or destroyed is central to the governance of an organisation, and this module will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to evaluate the impact of financial decisions on stakeholders. You will also understand how to participate in decision-making and processes concerning the maximisation of value in investment, finance and risk management, and the delivery of value for money in achieving the objectives of not-for-profit organisations.

You will gain a sound understanding of the legal framework that governs organisations, legal principles and their practical application, with particular focus on the UK law of registered company. Chartered Secretaries are required to have a sound knowledge and understanding of such legal framework and specifically how it applies in a business context. This module will develop your understanding of corporate law in the context of working with governing authorities across the private, public and voluntary sectors with issues of regulatory compliance.

This module will help you gain the knowledge and skills you will need to discharge your professional responsibilities as a Chartered Secretary, particularly so in a boardroom context where you will be able to contribute to the analysis, presentation and interpretation of corporate financial performance and results, including surfacing implications for the organisation, shareholders and stakeholders, and for effective corporate governance. You will be introduced to a range of fundamental financial accounting concepts and techniques, including how to appraise published financial statements involving the calculation and interpretation of key ratios, an evaluation of the impact of accounting policy and a critical appraisal of the usefulness published financial statements as a source of information.

You will focus on the elements, processes and techniques involved in the development and implementation of organisational strategy. In addition, you will understand the role of the Chartered Secretary in ensuring that strategy fits organisational purpose, that it is acceptable in terms of risk, and that it is consistent with good governance practices as well as with stakeholder requirements and concerns. This module will challenge you to critically evaluate the role played by Chartered Secretaries working in a senior management team supporting the decision-making processes. As the Chartered Secretary, your advice will include all aspects of governance obligations of organisations, covering not only legal duties, but also applicable and recommended standards of best practice. In this critical role, you will develop a sound understanding of corporate governance law and practice in a national and international context.

This module will provide you with a critical understanding of the different roles played by the Chartered Secretary in promoting and reinforcing good governance across the organisation and ensuring compliance with statutory obligations and good practice. You will gain a sound understanding of the practical work carried out by Chartered Secretaries in devising and overseeing appropriate systems and processes to ensure that the company and its directors are compliant with the Companies Act 2006 and with the company’s constitution. You will also study the management of practical and company law issues in relation to shareholders.

Dr Nick Beech
Dr Nick Beech
Course Director

Nick is the Director of Executive Learning within Leeds Business School. Working with the University’s Centre for Governance, Leadership & Global Responsibility, he has overseen a variety of executive courses including MBA (Executive), MA Executive & Business Coaching and MSc Executive Leadership & Corporate Social Responsibility, and professional programmes such as the Institute of Directors qualification. His is a specialist in corporate governance, decision-making, and executive and business coaching. Nick has worked with leading corporate mentors and coaches including Peter Bluckert, Bob Garvey, David Clutterbuck, Jeff Gold and Paul Turner. Nick takes a practitioner approach to coaching and mentoring and focuses on developing high-contact, deep personal growth workshops with groups and teams with the aim to enable both immediate and long-term growth potential.

Corporate failure is often due to executives becoming removed from the reality of their business and focusing on the past instead of the future. For organisations to thrive in these challenging times, good governance is essential, and boards have to take collective responsibility for the business and directors must continually develop to stay ahead of the game. The company secretary should champion good governance practice and critical thinking within the boardroom.
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Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £7000. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Course specific

  • Access to the simulation suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.

Course-specific optional costs

  • ICSA Conference fees: £60
  • Student membership of the ICSA: £175.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £14000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Course specific

  • Access to the simulation suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.

Course-specific optional costs

  • ICSA Conference fees: £60
  • Student membership of the ICSA: £175.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £777.80 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £38.89. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Course specific

  • Access to the simulation suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.

Course-specific optional costs

  • ICSA Conference fees: £60
  • Student membership of the ICSA: £175.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies.

Course specific

  • Access to the simulation suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.

Course-specific optional costs

  • ICSA Conference fees: £60
  • Student membership of the ICSA: £175.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • The Rose Bowl
    The Rose Bowl

    The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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