Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (MSc)

Year of entry

2017

Start date

October 2017

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in September

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to June

Other entry years for this course

2018

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 one year or part-time study over two 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 one from: corporate governance and ethics; environmental issues; 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.

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Highlights

  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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)
  • Public Sector Governance (in collaboration with our Department of Politics).

Corporate Governance

You take five compulsory modules, including two from:

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

You also choose three option modules, including one 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 one year.

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

Environmental Issues in Corporate Governance and Ethics

You take four compulsory modules, including two from:

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

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

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

Public Sector Governance

    You take six compulsory modules, including two from:

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

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

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    Corporate Governance compuslory modules

    Corporate Governance option modules

    Environmental Issues compulsory modules

    Environmental Issues option modules

    Public Sector Governance compulsory modules

    Public Sector Governance option modules

    MSc Corporate Governance and Business Ethics dissertation

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