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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND BUSINESS ETHICS (MSC)

Birkbeck, University of London

Postgraduate Certificate , Ethics

Course Description

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 interdisciplinary Master's degree addresses both these sets of issues. It studies the complex and changing relationships between business corporations, their stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, etc) and the societies in which they operate. 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 is ideal if you are interested in the policy aspects of corporate governance or you wish to be involved professionally in the direction and regulation of companies and the management or trusteeship of pension funds and other investments.

Coursework is combined with independent research, leading to a dissertation. You can also choose a specialist pathway, depending on your interests and career objectives. The modules are run in collaboration with other departments at Birkbeck, giving you access to a wide range of options and a truly interdisciplinary approach to corporate governance and business ethics.

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 interdisciplinary Master's degree addresses both these sets of issues. It studies the complex...

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Course Content

You complete modules to a total of 180 credits.

You take four compulsory modules and choose four option modules - two from the list below and two from the wide range of postgraduate option modules offered by the Department of Management - and complete a 12,000-word dissertation.

FULL-TIME COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • International Business Ethics
  • Research Methods in Management (Postgraduate)

PART-TIME COMPULSORY MODULES - YEAR 1

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • International Business Ethics

PART-TIME COMPULSORY MODULE - YEAR 2

  • Research Methods in Management (Postgraduate)

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • Economics for Managers
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Environment and Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Globalization: forces, players and management
  • International Business: Theories and Issues
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Principles of Organization and Management
  • Sport Governance
  • Trust Social Norms and Institutions

MSC CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND BUSINESS ETHICS DISSERTATION

  • MSc Dissertation

You complete modules to a total of 180 credits. You take four compulsory modules and choose four option modules - two from the list below and two from the wide range of postgraduate option modules offered by the Department of Management - and complete a 12,000-word dissertation. FULL-TIME COMPULSORY MODULES Corporate...

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

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. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

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.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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