• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2016
  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Attendance:

    2-3 evenings a week full-time or 1-2 evenings a week part-time.

    October to June (3 terms).

  • Location:

      Central London

    Programme overview

    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 for full-time study over 1 year or part-time study over 2 years and combines coursework with independent research, leading to a dissertation. You can also choose a specialist pathway through the programme, depending on your interests and career objectives, selecting 1 from: corporate governance and ethics; environmental issues; finance and accounting; or public sector governance. These are run in collaboration with other departments at Birkbeck, giving you access to a wide range of option modules and a truly interdisciplinary approach to corporate governance and business ethics.

    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

    You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.

    Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

    Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

    Application deadlines and interviews

      Applications accepted from November until early September; early application is recommended.

      Online application

      Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (MSc) (Part-time)

      Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (MSc) (Full-time)

      Why study this course at Birkbeck?

      • The programme is international in scope, recognising both the wide variety of cultures and corporate governance systems within which businesses operate worldwide and the increasing globalisation of business and finance.
      • The programme builds on the Department of Management’s research strength in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics. This is supported by the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics research centre.
      • The programme combines an interdisciplinary approach with in-depth research training in management. It provides a strong foundation for PhD research in the area and has achieved ESRC Research Training recognition.
      • The programme benefits from the involvement of a number of leading figures in the field including members of national and international committees on corporate governance, shareholder activists and NGO representatives.
      • The programme has a number of streams, enabling you to concentrate on particular areas within the broader field of corporate governance and ethics, including public sector governance (in collaboration with our Department of Politics); environmental issues in corporate governance (in collaboration with our Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies); and finance and accounting.
      • Students who complete the MSc with a focus on finance and accounting will be exempted from 4 of the taught modules required for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) Professional Qualification, Grad ICSA.
      • Designed for those wishing to engage critically with the issues of business and society and those wishing to be involved professionally in corporate governance or corporate social responsibility.
      • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
      • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.
      • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

      Course structure

      You complete modules, including a 12,000-word dissertation, to a total of 180 credits.

      You choose an area to specialise in:

      • Corporate Governance.
      • Environmental Issues in Corporate Governance and Ethics (in collaboration with our Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies).
      • Finance and Accounting (students pursuing this stream are eligible for exemptions towards the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)’s professional qualification, GradICSA).
      • Public Sector Governance (in collaboration with our Department of Politics).

      Corporate Governance

      You take 5 compulsory modules, including 2 from:

      • Either Principles of Organization and Management or Strategic Management.
      • Either Corporate Responsibility or Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility.

      You also choose 3 option modules, including 1 option module from the wide range of postgraduate option modules offered by the Department of Management, and complete a dissertation.

      Full-time students complete all of their modules in 1 year.

      Part-time students take 3 compulsory modules and choose 1 option module in their first year, before undertaking 2 compulsory modules, choosing 2 option modules and completing a dissertation in their second year.

      Environmental Issues in Corporate Governance and Ethics

      You take 4 compulsory modules, including 2 from:

      • Either Principles of Organization and Management or Strategic Management.
      • Either Corporate Responsibility or Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility.

      You also choose 3 option modules, which can include 1 option module from the wide range of postgraduate option modules offered by the Department of Management, and complete a dissertation.

      Full-time students complete all of their modules in 1 year.

      Part-time students take 3 compulsory modules and choose 1 option module in their first year, before undertaking 1 compulsory module, choosing 2 option modules and completing a dissertation in their second year.

      Finance and Accounting

      You take 6 compulsory modules, including 2 from:

      • Either Corporate Responsibility or Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility.

      You also choose 2 option modules from the wide range of postgraduate option modules offered by the Department of Management and complete a dissertation.

      Full-time students complete all of their modules in 1 year.

      Part-time students take 3 compulsory modules and choose 1 option module in their first year, before undertaking 3 compulsory modules, choosing 1 option module and completing a dissertation in their second year.

      Public Sector Governance

        You take 6 compulsory modules, including 2 from:

        • Either Principles of Organization and Management or Strategic Management.
        • Either Corporate Responsibility or Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility.

        Full-time students complete all of their modules in 1 year.

        Part-time students take 4 compulsory modules in their first year, before undertaking 2 compulsory modules and completing a dissertation in their second year.

          Corporate Governance compuslory modules

          Corporate Governance option modules

          Environmental Issues compulsory modules

          Environmental Issues option modules

          Finance and Accounting compulsory modules

          Public Sector Governance compulsory modules

          Public Sector Governance option modules

          MSc Corporate Governance and Business Ethics dissertation

          Entry requirements

          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.

          If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

          Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

          Fees

          Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa
          Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa
          Part-time overseas students: £ 7975 pa
          Full-time overseas students: £ 15950 pa

          Payment and Fees Discounts

          Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

          Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

          Funding and Financial Support

          The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

          Use our interactive tool to help you explore your payment options in more detail.

          Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

          Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

          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.

          Find out more about these professions.

          Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

          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

          Teaching

          Theoretical components are taught mainly via evening sessions supported through online materials and attendance at evening classes.

          Assessment

          A combination of examinations, coursework and a 12,000-word dissertation.

          Our research

          Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

          Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

          Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.

          Further study opportunities

          If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Management.

          Progress to a PhD will normally be dependent on gaining at least a merit grade in the Master's programme. It will also be dependent on a member of the teaching staff agreeing to act as principal supervisor for your PhD research.