Corporate Governance and Law/Grad ICSA LLM

Corporate building
UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 30 months part-time
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Corporate governance is a crucial part of corporate performance and accountability, and professionals in this field are in demand across all sectors of industry. If you want to advance your career by developing your knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, risk and compliance, then this course will help you achieve your goals.

This LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad ICSA degree course is designed for law and non-law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals. You'll be eligible, after you graduate, for the GradICSA qualification from ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), and if you have relevant work experience you may also be able to apply for ACIS status (Associate in the Chartered Institute of Secretaries).

This course is available to study on either a full-time or part-time basis. Graduates of subjects other than law will undertake a compulsory module to introduce them to some core principles of English law.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • choose between full-time or part-time study, according to your commitments
  • learn the key elements of good corporate governance, and the key elements of corporate law
  • graduate with an ICSA recognised qualification
  • learn in a flexible environment which includes web, email and telephone access to many facilities
  • have the opportunity to take advantage of our close relationship with ICSA and our alumni network, and benefit from our mentoring service with members of the legal profession
  • learn from our expert staff through a combination of lectures, group problem solving, discussion, debate and independent study
  • have the option to study towards a Certificate of Training in 'Blueprint', the web-based product from ICSA Software International
  • have 24/7 access to our Library’s selection of electronic resources, including books, ejournals and newspapers

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies – and you'll have the opportunity to participate in our professional mentoring programme.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your corporate governance skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

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

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.

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Professional accreditations

Our LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad ICSA degree course is accredited by ICSA, and when you graduate, you'll be able to use 'LLM' and 'GradICSA' after your name, once you've become a paying member of the ICSA, and have taken the first steps towards qualifying as a chartered secretary.

Entry requirements​

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.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £8,700
  • Part time: £2,900 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full time: £14,700
  • Part time: £4,900 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

​What you'll study

Units currently being studied

Law Route

If you're a law graduate on the full-time course, you'll study the following compulsory units:

  • Corporate Governance: Theory, Law and Practice
  • Corporate Secretarial Practice and Strategy
  • Financial Reporting, Analysis and Decision-making
  • Dissertation or Case Study

And choose from the following options:

  • CILEX Level 6 (this unit is only available to those who hold a UK qualifying law degree)
  • Community Legal Research Project
  • Employment Law (this unit is compulsory if you have not studied Employment Law at undergraduate level)
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Work-based Learning
  • Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Theory of ADR
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice

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

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • group problem solving
  • discussion
  • debates

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 3 teaching blocks with assessment periods in between:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Assessment and Activity period - January
  • Spring teaching block – January to May
  • Assessment and Activity period – May to June
  • Summer Teaching Block - June to September

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • exams
  • presentations
  • coursework (including essays and case studies)
  • dissertation

Apply

Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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