Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG LLM

Corporate building
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 30 months part-time
Start Date
October 2020
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.CG degree course is designed for law and non-law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals. You'll be eligible, after you graduate, for the Grad.CG qualification from the Chartered Governance Institute (CGI), 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.

Accredited by

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. 

Entry requirements​

LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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 CGI 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 CGI 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 24/7 access to our Library’s selection of electronic resources, including books, ejournals and newspapers
  • have the option to study towards a Certificate of Training in Diligent Entities, the corporate secretarial software system

Careers and opportunities

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.

What you'll study on this LLM Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules

On this course, you will study all the CGI-accredited modules to gain the Grad.CG qualification. You will also be able to choose between a dissertation and a case study for your final project. The modules are as follows:

  • Introduction to Law (for graduates of subjects other than law)
  • Data Protection Law and Policy
  • Risk Management
  • Understanding Strategy
  • Interpreting Financial and Accounting Information
  • Company Compliance and Administration
  • Corporate Law and Governance

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

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.

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:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 (includes Easter break) – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June
  • Teaching block 3 – June to September

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. 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

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full time: £9,000
  • Part time: £3,000 per year (subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full time: £15,100
  • Part time: £5,030 per year (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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

Apply

Start your application by following the link below:

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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