Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (Postgraduate Certificate): January start

Year of entry


Start date

January 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One year part-time


One to two evenings a week

Other entry years for this course


Corporate governance and business ethics are areas of rapidly growing importance in which Birkbeck has a pre-eminent research position. Our programmes are designed for those wishing to better understand the complex and dynamic relationships between organisations and their stakeholders.

The role of governance is to set out the rules within which an organisation must operate - and to ensure those rules are observed. Its focus is on a range of issues concerning the proper management of organisations. Corporate governance is thus central to the evolution of strategy and policy - and hence, effective management.

Since many Birkbeck students are working, postgraduate study brings together those with relevant experience and an interest in developing further. This course is relevant to directors and non-executive board members, managers, consultants and those interested in governance, corporate social responsibility and ethics in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

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.


  • Aims to provide a critical, research-based understanding of key issues in corporate governance and ethics.
  • 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.
  • Programme teaching is underpinned by the work of the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics.
  • 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.

Course structure

You take two compulsory modules - Corporate Governance and International Business Ethics - and choose a further compulsory module from either Corporate Responsibility or Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility.

You then choose one option module from any of the wide range of postgraduate modules offered by the Department of Management.

Module groups