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Taught in Dublin, this is the only course in Ireland which combines PG study in management and corporate governance with an ICSA qualification.


Due to the great demand in Ireland for the professional qualification of Associate (ACIS) of the ICSA, the Ulster University Business School offers this course with face-to-face tuition to help you achieve such a demanding professional and academic qualification.

This course is taught in Dublin (at the Marino Institute) by Ulster University staff and 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 close links with employers, this course was awarded the PostGrad Ireland Postgraduate Course of the Year – Business, in 2012. Graduates from the course have forged successful careers in a varierty of sectors such as legal, finacial services, banking, Co Sec and funds management.

The 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.

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About this course

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The MSc Management and Corporate Governance course will provide you with the knowledge, professional and personal 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 legal 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 University Ulster is an ICSA University Partner.


Students study the course over a 2 - 3 year period. Students begin by working towards the Postgraduate Diploma from Ulster University which includes GradICSA. This is taught in Dublin at the Marino Institute. Students then have the option to continue on to the Master's part of the course.

Modules are taught over 4 days. Some modules are taught over 2 consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, others are delivered over 3 weekdays with a follow up day later on in the month. Sample timetables are available by emailing

Start dates

  • November 2017
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Financial Accounting

Year: 1

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 Secretaryship

Year: 1

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

Corporate Financial Management

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

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

Year: 1

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.

Year two

Organisation Behaviour and Management

Year: 2

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.


Year: 2

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

Year: 2

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

Year: 2

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

Year: 2

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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). All assessments meet the needs of both the University and ICSA regulations.

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.

Those with GradICSA may wish to apply for exemptions to some of the modules on the course in order to complete a Master's qualification.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Most students who take the course are already in organisations in which they wish to progress. Graduates from the course have successfully developed their careers within their own organisations or have gone on to take up other opportunities.

The types of careers and jobs that are accessible to suitably ICSA qualified candidates 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.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • November 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Scholarships, awards and prizes

There are a number of sponsored prizes and awards presented to outstanding students of this course.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Pat Shanahan

Vice President,The Bank of New York Mellon

"I found the staff on the course to be supportive, understanding and always helpful. Their incredible support helped me pass a really knowledge based and practical diploma. The course content is broad, current and relevant. It has both breadth and depth and is exactly what is needed to be known in today’s working world. This diploma will help me further my professional career and is an edifying and instructive course. This course is recognised by employers as being one of the best available, and employers are using its graduates for full time employment. It has a plethora of relevant applications in the diverse business world of modern Ireland, and indeed Europe, today. In fact, a position in my own company has been filled through this course as I highly recommended it. This course is becoming the industry standard and in my own opinion is amongst the best available in Ireland today.”

Monica Byrne
Portfolio Manager, Corporate Banking, HSBC Bank Plc

“I needed a platform to upskill and retain for a career change. After much research I decided that the Msc in Mgt and Corp Governance was the course that filled all my learning requirements. The subjects were all so relevant across every sector and the teaching was fantastic.
The three years go by so fast and it truly was the best decision I made to complete this course. It has enabled me to follow the career I dreamed of. I have made friends for life on this course.
Truly worth the investment and time.

Lorraine Doyle

Assistant Company Secretary of Chartis

“The course provided excellent pastoral care for students. A majority of the students on the course were in full time jobs. The course provided a flexible approach to students where there were heavy periods of course work and busy periods in work. If a student had a personal issue, I found the lecturers to be all extremely approachable and keen to assist. The course team also held meetings where students could voice their feedback and, contribute their ideas and thoughts to the forthcoming semester. I found this extremely beneficial, as it allowed us as students to have an impact on achievability of course work and exams within a certain timeframe.”