Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Corporate Governance and Business Ethics

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.

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

Corporate Governance compuslory modules:

Corporate Governance;
Corporate Responsibility;
International Business Ethics;
Principles of Organization and Management;
Research Methods in Management I;
Strategic Management (Postgraduate);
Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility .

Corporate Governance option modules:

Comparative Employment Relations;
Corporate Responsibility;
Economics for Managers;
Environmental Economics;
Globalization: forces, players and management;
Sports Governance and Regulation;
The Business Environment: International and Comparative Perspectives;
Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility;
Trust Social Norms and Development .

Environmental Issues compulsory modules:

Corporate Governance;
Corporate Responsibility;
Principles of Organization and Management;
Research Methods in Management I;
Strategic Management (Postgraduate);
Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility .

Environmental Issues option modules:

Energy and Climate Change;
Environment and Policy;
Environmental Economics;
International Business Ethics;
Sustainable Business Practice .

Finance and Accounting compulsory modules:

Applied Financial Management;
Corporate Governance;
Corporate Responsibility;
International Business Ethics;
Principles of Financial Reporting;
Strategic Management (Postgraduate);
Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility .

Public Sector Governance compulsory modules:

Corporate Governance;
Corporate Responsibility;
International Business Ethics;
Principles of Organization and Management;
Public Management: Theories and Innovations;
Research Methods in Management I;
Strategic Management (Postgraduate);
Theoretical Perspectives and Research in Corporate Responsibility .

Public Sector Governance option modules:

Energy and Climate Change;
Environment and Policy;
Sustainable Business Practice .

MSc Corporate Governance and Business Ethics dissertation.

Assessment methods

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

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

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Department of Management
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