Corporate Governance

Programme Overview

This programme offers an in-depth exposure to all aspects of corporate governance, including the legal and regulatory framework relevant to company directors and board members and behavioural and psychological issues relevant to boards. The key strength of the programme is the peer-to-peer learning from the highly experienced participants in the Corporate Governance classes.

Who it is for?
• Company directors or prospective company directors looking to expand their knowledge of governance;
• Senior managers operating at board level;
• Middle managers being groomed for board positions;
• Public sector managers with governance responsibilities;
• Experienced business people expecting to hold non-executive board positions.

Programme Structure
This programme is delivered over one year and takes place over two 12-week semesters: September–December and January–May. The workshops are held two evenings per week generally Mondays and Tuesdays from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. In addition, two weekend workshops will be organised externally, one per semester. 100% attendance is required.

Subjects taught

Course 1: Overview of Corporate Governance
Course 2: Regulatory Framework I
Course 3: Regulatory Framework II
Course 4: Directors' Responsibilities
Course 5: Role of Company Boards
Course 6: Selection of Non-Executive Directors/Behavioural Aspects of Boards
Course 7: Executive Remuneration and Incentives
Course 8: The Annual Report/The Annual Financial Statements
Course 9: Role, Function and Responsibilities of Audit Committees
Course 10: Risk Management and the Role of the Director
Course 11: Business Strategy
Course 12: Improving Business Performance

Entry requirements

This programme is suitable for middle or senior managers who currently occupy, or are being groomed for, board memberships, or who carry governance-related positions of responsibility. It is also suitable for executives in organisations who do not have a legal board, but have equivalent governance arrangements. Participants should have at least 5 years management experience and hold a primary degree or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will be given to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but their depth of industry and organisational experience qualifies them as suitable participants.

Application dates

A completed application form, digital photograph and copy of transcripts for all university-level degrees (if applicable and excluding those taken at UCD) are required. A telephone or personal interview with the Programme Director may form part of the admission process to help determine whether the programme is the most appropriate solution for the applicant.

In-person programme - This Autumn 2022, our suite of Professional Diplomas will be delivered in-person at Smurfit Executive Development on UCD's Smurfit School Blackrock campus to facilitate the best learning experience for participants. Participants are required to attend in person. In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to facilitate an alternative delivery option but each request will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by our Programme Director & Programme Management Team.


9 months part-time.

Delivery: 2 x 12 Week Semesters.

Start Date: September 2022 End Date: November 2022

Autumn Trimester (6 courses)

January 2023

Start Date: April 2023 End Date: Spring Trimester (6 courses)

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  • Qualifications

    Professional Diploma

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Evening

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