Due to the great demand in Ireland for the professional qualification as Associate of the ICSA (ACIS), Ulster University offers this course with face-to-face tuition to help you achieve a demanding professional and academic qualification. This course leads to graduate membership of ICSA, the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals. The course has been developed in close collaboration with the Institute and is fully accredited by them.
Due to its success rate in graduate recruitment and its links with employers, this course was awarded the PostGrad Ireland Postgraduate Course of the Year – Business in 2012. Graduates from the course go on to work for organisations such as Deloitte, KPMG, Eversheds, Citi and PWC. Such is the demand for students who are qualified in management and corporate governance over the past few years that over 90% of successful students have gained graduate level jobs.
This course content is structured to ensure that students gain essential, current knowledge and skills in a variety of subject areas as well as meeting the professional requirements of ICSA. The course is flexible: students can choose to leave with GradICSA and a Postgraduate Diploma (essentially two thirds of the Master's course). Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post nominal: ACIS.
The MSc Management and Corporate Governance course will provide you with the knowledge, professional and transferable skills that will equip you for senior appointments in industry, the social economy, voluntary, charitable and public sectors.
The course equips students to enter employment in roles such as corporate secretary, corporate administrator and head of compliance. These are the professionals who ensure that organisations operate within financial and legal good practice guidelines. Further information on jobs and careers related to this course can be found at www.icsa.org.uk.
The course equips students for a career in professional services through:
• Development of transferable intellectual skills necessary for senior management roles;
• Application of corporate governance to the organisation;
• Study of management and organisational behaviour;
• Management of the finances of the organisation;
• Management of the legal environment of the organisation.
ICSA is the international membership and qualifying body for chartered secretaries and other governance professionals and is a world-leading authority on governance, risk and compliance. Chartered secretaries are professionals qualified in company law, accounting, corporate governance, administration, company secretarial practice and management. They are trained to chart a course through regulation, legislation and best practice, and to deliver effective operations. Chartered secretaries work as company secretaries and/or in other senior management and administrative positions in companies, charities, local government, educational institutions and trade bodies. The Institute has 36,000 members and students in over 70 countries. Further information is available at www.icsa.org.uk.
Teaching and learning assessment
Students are assessed via a combination of formal written examinations, individual assignments, group assignments and innovative practical exercises such as contributing to running a company Annual General Meeting (AGM). Assignments can be made relevant to your current role should this be suitable to make the course as practical as possible.
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.