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Corporate Governance and Business Ethics

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.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2nd-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. 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.

Course modules

You take 2 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 1 option module from any of the wide range of postgraduate modules offered by the Department of Management.
Compulsory modules:

Corporate Governance;
Corporate Responsibility;
International Business Ethics;
Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility .

Assessment methods

A combination of examinations and coursework.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 5,800 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 3,750 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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