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Management & Corporate Governance

This is the only course in Ireland which combines postgraduate study in management and corporate governance with an in-demand ICSA qualification.


Study Management and Corporate Governance at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

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

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 .

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

You should have an honours degree in any subject from a recognised institution or have obtained an equivalent standard in a professional or other qualification recognised by the University for this purpose, for example, the ICSA Diploma in Business Practice.

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Committee. In this case, normally you will be interviewed to assess your capability to undertake a rigorous course of study. The award of GradICSA will depend on whether you meet the ICSA entry criteria.

Students who have achieved relevant professional or postgraduate qualifications MAY be granted exemptions from modules on the course, in accordance with the University's accreditation of prior learning (APL) policy.

Other qualifications

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Committee and in accordance with the University's APL policy. In this case, normally you will be interviewed to assess your capability to undertake a rigorous course of study. The award of GradICSA will depend on whether you meet the ICSA entry criteria.

Conditions of claiming graduate status of ICSA

• You must have registered with ICSA as a collaborative student and pay the fee to become a registered student member of ICSA.

• Those with the relevant work experience can apply for chartered secretary status and use the post nominal ACIS.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

International students will be required to have achieved IELTS 7 or equivalent.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Students who have achieved relevant professional or postgraduate qualifications MAY be granted exemptions from modules on the course, in accordance with the University's accreditation of prior learning (APL) policy. Students should contact the Course Director if they wish to apply for exemptions.



The part-time MSc Management and Corporate Governance course is usually taught over 2 years. In semesters 1 and 2 the lectures take place during the afternoon and evening of one day per week. As well as these weekly lectures, three modules are taught on a "block" basis - meaning that the modules are taught over three days.

Students completing the Master's qualification will also be required to take three modules in semester 3 over the 2 years of the course, these are usually taught on a 3 day "block" basis between May and July.

Careers or further progression

Career options

Students who study the part-time route through this course may be able to seek promotion within their own organisation. There is a great demand for graduates from this course who have both a valuable academic qualification and a professional qualification from ICSA.

A number of organisations recruit directly from this course each year and the course can boast an employment rate of over 90% over the past few years with successful students being appointed to graduate level positions in organisations such as the following:

Maples Finance, BDO Ireland, Mason Hayes and Curran, FBD Holdings, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Lex Tray, Eversheds (Manchester), Mazars, Citi, A & L Goodbody, Bank of Ireland, Action Aid, KPMG, William Fry, PWC, Blackrock, Maples Finance and Deloitte.

Chartered secretaries are high-ranking professionals with a diverse set of skills unique amongst many professions. Trained in corporate law, finance, governance and corporate secretarial practice, Chartered secretaries are the focal point for independent advice about the conduct of business, governance and compliance. They can also offer legal and accounting advice and manage the development of strategy and corporate planning.

A great deal more information on the job, opportunities and salaries of such skilled individuals can be found at ​​

Professional recognition

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.

Further enquiries

For further Information please contact:
Postgraduate Programmes Manager: Nick Read,
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8880

Course Director, Jordanstown Course: Edel O’Neill,
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8990

Subjects taught

Year one

Financial Accounting
The module provides a firm understanding of the concepts underpinning corporate financial reporting, particularly group financial reports, the requisite knowledge to apply these concepts to practical examples and provides a framework which enables students to appraise current reporting requirements.

Corporate Financial Management
Leadership and management involve making decisions that inevitably have a major impact on the organisation. This module introduces participants to the importance of Financial Management and its linkage with corporate strategy. It aims to build on the knowledge and understanding gained in the study of previous accounting related modules. Emphasis will be on integration of theory and practice. Learning will be by teaching, practice, reflection and independent study. Assessment is by coursework and end of semester examination.

Strategic Operations and Quality Management
The Operations function is that part of an organisation that focuses on the economic, efficient and effective use of resources to provide a quality of customer service as the basis for creating business profitability and/or value-for-money. The module is concerned with the design, planning and control of a range of operating systems and to raise awareness of the need for integration with other functional areas to achieve business excellence and completely satisfy customer needs.

Human Resource Management
The module aims to enable students to acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of Human Resource Management and to be able to apply these in a range of organisational settings. Teaching is through lectures, tutor supported group work and presentations. Lecture material will develop students? understanding of key concepts. Presentations will be for students to apply their understanding. Use will be made of case studies, to give students the opportunity to formulate solutions to HR problems.

Company Law
This module introduces students to the body of rules and principles of law which regulate public and private companies in the United Kingdom. It is of practical significance to all those who wish to make a career in, or have dealings with, such companies and in particular those seeking a career in Company Secretaryship.

Corporate Secretaryship
This module provides the student with the knowledge qualifications and understanding that is required to fulfil the role of an effective Company Secretary.

Year two

Organisation Behaviour and Management
This module aims to enable participants to develop knowledge and understanding of organisational theory and individual and group behaviour within organisations, and to be able to apply this knowledge in a manner which maximises organisational effectiveness.

This module develops the concept of strategy by examining its role and importance in enabling all organisations to identify, evaluate and respond to the forces and influences that impact upon their ability to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Fundamental issues will be examined, such as key strategic concepts and the nature of strategy, strategic context and purpose and strategic choices and implementation. Contemporary perspectives, models and frameworks will be explored and will underpin the module, with the core focus on rigorous theoretical underpinning and meaningful practical application.

Corporate Governance
The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the governance challenges organisations face today. In particular, consideration is given to the key ingredients necessary for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance, encompassing topics such as the values and principles that underpin corporate governance; the central role of the board in decision-making; board effectiveness in corporate governance; the accountability and regulatory framework within which corporate governance operates; business ethics; corporate social responsibility; risk management; shareholder, and stakeholder, engagement; international corporate governance comparators and corporate governance in other sectors.

Management Project
The core aim of the management project is that students should investigate an important, contemporary and relevant management issue for their organisation or profession. It is expected that students will demonstrate an understanding of practical, ethical and strategic issues within their chosen research area. The research should be work-based and it is expected that the subject and design will be such that students will normally be working with primary, as well as secondary data. The total process seeks to develop and test students' conceptual and analytical abilities to enhance both their work-related capabilities and to prepare students for further research studies.

Business Law
In any activity involving the development and running of an organisation or where action is taken in a related managerial or consultative capacity then knowledge of the law is essential. The primary aim of this module is to provide students with access to a wide-ranging programme of study which will examine the fundamental aspects of applied business law in relation to the Company Secretary

Assessment method

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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