The main aim of this Master's degree is to provide a postgraduate-level education for those interested in studying the complex and changing relationships between business corporations, their stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, etc.) and the societies in which they operate.
The economic and financial aspects of corporate governance relationships have long been of concern to those in the business and investment communities, and in recent years the social, political and moral aspects of these relationships have also become a major public concern. This programme aims to address both these sets of issues and to meet the needs of people wishing to engage critically with the policy aspects of corporate governance as well as those wishing to be involved professionally in the direction and regulation of companies and the management or trusteeship of pension funds and other investments.
The programme is available 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time and combines coursework and independent research leading to a dissertation.
Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part time or full time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
Applications accepted from November until early September; early application is recommended.
Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (MSc) (Part-time)
Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (MSc) (Full-time)
Part-time modules - Year 1
Part-time modules - Year 2
With a concentration on Environmental Issues in Corporate Governance and Ethics (in collaboration with the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies) you choose 2 modules from the following:
With a concentration on Public Sector Governance (in collaboration with the Department of Politics):
With a concentration on Finance and Accounting (students pursuing this stream are eligible for exemptions towards the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)’s professional qualification, GradICSA):
Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College.
Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in local and national government, business, and industry. Possible professions include management consultant, human resources officer, or marketing executive. This degree can also be useful in becoming a Civil Service fast streamer, retail manager, or sales executive.
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We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
Theoretical components are taught mainly via evening sessions supported through online materials and attendance at evening classes.
A combination of examinations, coursework and a 12,000-word dissertation.