LLM

Corporate Governance and Law/Grad ICSA

Chartered Secretaries act as an organisation's 'corporate conscience'

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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.

Find out more about this course, our facilities and generous scholarships by attending one of our regular open evenings where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

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.

Teresa Holmes, LLM Corporate Governance and Law:Grad ICSA student

I chose the LLM Corporate Governance and Law/GRAD ICSA course because it seemed like the perfect way to enter into a professional career.

Teresa Holmes, LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad ICSA student

Key Facts

Duration
1 year full time, 30 months part time
Entry
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.
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £6,400 p/a part time: £2,130 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,700 p/a part time: £4,230 p/a*

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Contact
pbs-studentrecruitment@port.ac.uk
+44 (0) 23 9284 2991
Department
School of Law
Programme specification
Accreditations & Endorsements

 

updated Feb 2016

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Light bulb Structure & Teaching

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.


Teaching and 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.

How are you assessed?

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.

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Flexible Learning

Depending on your mode of study, you may not always be campus based. However, you will still benefit from web, email or phone access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.

Mentoring

We pride ourselves on the good reputation we have in the area. Maintaining good links with the Court Service in Portsmouth allows us to facilitate court visits, marshalling and even work experience. Our mentoring programme also brings in members of the legal profession who work in local solicitors’ firms, for the government and in a variety of other contexts and links them with you.

Computing

We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

Blueprint and Proceed

Blueprint – students on this course can apply for training sessions on Blueprint, the web based product from ICSA Software International that offer students hands on practice and/or skills for understanding data compliance solutions or participation in boardrooms and boardroom committees. The end result is a Certificate of Training to those students who successfully complete the training.

Proceed – students on this course also have access to Proceed, the online recruitment platform for the HE sector that is designed for entry level student and graduate candidates looking for permanent or temporary positions, internships and work placements.

The lecturers are friendly and ensure that no one is left behind on understanding the coursework. The materials provided satisfy the course needs and additional works are also made available in the library for deeper understanding of the subject.

Sanket Kulkarni, LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad ICSA student
Read more about Sanket's experience at Portsmouth.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

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Career prospects

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.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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