2014/15 Management and Corporate Governance

Award Master of Science
Attendance Full time
Campus Jordanstown
Faculty Ulster Business School
Level Postgraduate

Entry conditions top

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.

International students are required to have achieved IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Other qualifications top

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.

Attendance top

The full-time MSc Managment and Coporate Governance course is usually taught on two days a week, with lectures taking place during the afternoon and evening. As well as weekly lectures some subjects are taught on a "block" basis - this means that the module is taught over three days; one module in each of semesters 1 and 2 is taught in this way.

Students completing the Masters qualification will also be required to take two modules in semester 3, these are usually taught on a 3 day "block" basis between May and July.

More information, including a sample timetable can be found at www.ulster.ac.ukl/mmcg

How to apply top

Students should apply directly to the Ulster Business School via the University website - www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline. The course operates on a first come first served basis, you should aim to have submitted your application by June of the year you intend to start the course.

Overview top

The Course

Due to the great demand for the professional qualification, Associate of Chartered Institute of Secretaries (ACIS), the University of Ulster offers this course involving face-to-face tuition to help you achieve a demanding professional and academic qualifications. Students work towards an academic qualification and Graduate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (GRAD ICSA) leading to prefessional membership,


Due to its success rate in graduate employment and 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 offers a new and updated syllabus which 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 the ICSA. The course is flexible: students can choose to leave at the Postgraduate Diploma stage with GradICSA and a Postgraduate Diploma (essentially two thirds of the Masters course).


ICSA is the professional body for Chartered Secretaries. 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 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.

After three years of relevant work experience, holders of GradICSA may apply for ACIS.

English language requirements for overseas applicants top

The University's general English language entry requirement for most programmes of study require you to have a minimum of IELTS equivalent 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5). Our Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) is a specialised unit within the University which provides English language teaching and support for registered students who have English as an additional language. CELT offers two Pre-sessional Programmes in June - September each year: Pre-sessional PLUS (IELTS equivalent 5.0) and Pre-sessional standard (IELTS equivalent 5.5), delivered at the Jordanstown campus and designed for those students who need to improve their English language proficiency to allow them to progress to their chosen academic programme of study. CELT also provides in-sessional modules in Semesters I and II at all campuses (Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee). Click here for more details about English language support at the University of Ulster. Please note that individual courses may require a higher level of attainment - please check courses' entry requirements individually.

This course top

The MSc Management and Corporate Governance course will provide you with the knowledge, professional and key skills that will equip you for senior appointments in industry, the social economy, the voluntary, charitable and public sectors.

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.

Benefits for Students

• GradICSA plus a Masters qualification.

• Teaching in all subjects by University of Ulster lecturers.

• Lecturers who are expert in teaching graduates from any degree background.

• Joined-up delivery and assessment methods.

• Coursework that is relevant to your work in the profession.

• Feedback on progress through coursework.

• The opportunity to interact with students in roles similar to you.

• Option to exit after 20 months with a Postgraduate Diploma and GradICSA.

Structure and content top

The full-time course is taught over a period of 12 months, starting in September.


A wide range of assessment allows students to effectively demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills. Of the fifteen modules on this MSc, nine are assessed by coursework only, one by examination only, and four by both coursework and examination. This assessment approach is approved by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Conditions of claiming Graduate status of ICSA

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

With three years relevant work experience gained at any time you may apply to ICSA for Associate Membership (ACIS).

Modules on the course are shown in the table below

MSc Management and Corporate Governance Modules
Semester 1 Human Resource Management
Organisational Behaviour & Management
Applied Business Law
Company Law
Financial Accounting
Strategic Operations and Quality Management
Semester 2 Strategy
Corporate Secretaryship
Corporate Financial Management
Corporate Governance
Public Sector Governance
Business Simulation
Research Methods
Management Project
Elective 1
Elective 2

More information on the modules and content of modules can be found at the following link www.ulster.ac.uk/mmcg

Exemptions and transferability top

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 apply to the Course Director if they wish to apply for exemptions.

Career options top

There is a great demand for graduates from this course who have both a valuable academic qualification and a professional qualification in the GradICSA.

You can find details on the destinations of students from the course at the following link: http://www.business.ulster.ac.uk/news/docs/CareersMarch2014.pdf

Company secretaries and administrators are in demand and whilst students who study this course tend to be already employed, they are able to acquire new skills should they wish to develop their career further.

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, AL Goodbody, Band of Ireland, Action Aid, KPMG, William Fry, Deloitte, PWC, Blackrock and Maples Finance.

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 www.icsa.org.uk

As they have unique skills and are in demand, ICSA qualified individuals can command a handsome salary: the following websites provide details on a recent survey of the earnings of company secretaries and administrators:



Becoming ICSA Qualified

In order to pass the ICSA qualifications:

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

• There will not be any exemptions from modules of the qualification for prior studies.

With three years relevant work experience gained at any time you may apply to ICSA for Associate Membership (ACIS).

Contact details top

Nick Read: Postgraduate Programmes Manager

Department of Management and Leadership

Room 1K19

Ulster Business School

Tel: 0044 (0)28 90368880

E-mail: n.read@ulster.ac.uk


John E Thompson: Course Director, MSc Management and Corporate Governance

Department of Management and Leadership

Room 1H19

Ulster Business School

Tel: 00 44 (0)28 90368149

E-mail: je.thompson@ulster.ac.uk

Fee information top

Fees include all teaching and assessment and are payable over the duration of the course.

Further information on fees and payment methods can be found at www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/fees

Students will also have to pay the ICSA registration fee.

Prizes and awards top

Deloitte Award - Weighted average of all modules on the programme

First Trust Shield - Best Dissertation

Newton Compton Memorial Cup - Best average mark in Compay Law and Company Secretaryship modules.

Ulster Bank Prizes (2) - 1. Best student in Management modules, Managing Org Behaviour, Operations & Quality Management and HRM. 2. Best student in Leadership and Change module

Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators - Highest aggregate mark in Postgraduate Diploma

Frequently Asked Questions top

Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I complete the Postgraduate Diploma, can I return to the course at a later date to complete the final part/year and achieve the MSc?

Yes as long as this course still exists. After about 5 years yes we would be concerned about the currency of your knowledge.

2. Semester/Module breakdown – for the Grad ICSA and the Postgraduate Diploma, what modules must be taken in total, how long does it take to complete (dates)?

The semester 1 and 2 timetables comprise the PgD. All modules must be taken for Grad ICSA.

3. In semester 1, how long does semester 1 last?

12 weeks from September to December

4. How many modules must be taken in total, for the PgD/GradICSA what modules are mandatory and what modules are optional?

10 in total. All are mandatory. Note that Financial Accounting and Company Law are required for Semester 2 modules, thus the advice is to take these modules in the first semester of the first year to maximise choice for Semester 2.

5. How long does Semester 2 last (dates), how many modules must be taken in total, what modules are mandatory and what modules are optional?

12 weeks from January to May, with a break for Easter. All modules must be undertaken.

6. The residential course in September. What are the details of this course,? What will take place? What are the costs and how relevant is it to the course?

The residential is part of Organisation Behaviour and Management and for part-time students can be taken in either year. You as a part-time student may ask for exemption if you have had a similar experience. Details will be sent out in August to allow you to make this choice.

The residential is very relevant as there is group work in the course. You learn how to work in groups. You also get some theory and experience that feeds directly in Organisation Behaviour and Management. Part of the assignment in Organisation Behaviour and Management is a reflection on the group assignment that requires a theoretical knowledge and experiential base derived in part from the residential.

7. Will a reading list/recommended text book list be released before the course begins?

If you are joining the course we can arrange for a Course Handbook that contains the relevant information to be sent out to you.

Timetable Examplar top

Timetable – The MSc Management & Corporate Governance – Full time
As @ 03/06/13
Residential: Core Skills Development Workshop (2 days)
Induction: Postgraduate Induction (½ day)

SEMESTER 1 – All compulsory 10 credit point modules (level 7) –

Teaching begins Monday 25 September 2012

Monday 2.15-4.15 pm

Room: 3A09

Strategic Operations and

Quality Management

BMG774 – CRN 52898

Michael Needham

3 Days Week 1– 9.30am – 5.00 pm

ROOM: (Wed) 21D13 (Thurs) 4B05 (Fri) 17C22

Organisational Behaviour &

Management –

BMG773 - CRN 45833

John Thompson or Dr Hadyn Bennett

Monday 5.15 – 8.15 pm

Room: 1K03

Business Law

LAW701 - CRN 53290

Rosemary Craig

Tuesday 1.15-4.15 pm

ROOM: 4B05

Company Law –

LAW519 - CRN 48510

(Pre-requisite for Corporate Secretaryship)

John Kennedy (Law)

3 Days Week 7 – Wed - Fri.

ROOM: 3A09

Human Resource Management -

BMG775 - CRN 45837

Dr Bob Mason

Tuesday 5.15-8.15 pm

ROOM: 3G06/07

Financial Accounting –

ACF723 - CRN 45210

(Pre-requisite for Corporate Financial Management)

Alan Wilson

SEMESTER 2 – All compulsory 15 credit point modules (level 7) –

Teaching begins Monday 27 January 2014

Tuesday 2.15-5.15 pm - 1D02

Corporate Secretaryship

LAW712 - CRN 48533

Rosemary Craig – Law

Tuesday 6.15-9.15 pm – 1D02


BMG715 - CRN 53292

Dr Darryl Cummins

Wednesday 2.15-5.15 pm – 9F09

Corporate Governance

BMG718 - CRN 45806

Dr Gary Martin

Wednesday 6.15-9.15 pm – 1B04

Corporate Financial Management

ACF838 - CRN 45225

Kevin Murphy

Students may exit after semester two with a Postgraduate Diploma

in Management and Corporate Governance/Grad. ICSA

SEMESTER 3 – Three compulsory and two optional modules (level 7)

Public Sector


PUP701 - CRN 53294

(10 credit points)

3 days – June

Colin Knox

Research Methods

(10 credit points)

BMG790 - CRN 45871

Ciara Nolan

Management Project

BMG903 – CRN 53296

(20 credit points)

Ciara Nolan

Two options from:

Management Accounting

ACF839 - CRN 53308

(10 points) 3 days

Dean Coulter

Supply Chain Management

BMG913 – CRN 45951

(10 points)

Trevor Cadden

Developing Leadership


BMG791 - CRN 45872 (10 points)

John E Thompson

· Leadership and Change

(10 points)