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Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance

1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Program description

Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance (PGDip (Corporate Governance)) is designed to enable understanding, implementation and interpretation of the critical role of corporate governance in business sustainability and economic growth. This is especially relevant because the relationships between corporations, their stakeholders and the societies in which they function are complex and ever changing. This is the case across the public and private sectors. There is a strong focus on internal corporate governance and internal corporate governance mechanisms, as these mechanisms are used by shareholders to mitigate the conflict between managers and shareholders such that firm value is maximized.

This programme is academically rigorous and enables students to gain the appropriate knowledge and analytical skills than can be applied in a variety of organisational settings, including the corporate, governmental and non-profit sectors. The programme enables those seeking either entry or profession in their career to extend their skills and knowledge base to better comprehend, critically evaluate and interpret the workings of doing business in Africa and internationally.

Career Opportunities

The programme is an enhancement to any field in business and any role in organizational leadership, particularly at senior management and board director level. Specific prospects in Corporate Governance as a field include:

  • Corporate Governance Manager
  • Legal and Compliance Manager
  • Corporate Governance Consultant
  • Company Secretary
  • Risk Advisor
  • Internal Control

Programme Outline

The Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance focuses on both policy and strategic challenges, for senior managers working with boards or dealing with governance issues and directors within private and government entities. This programme will equip learners and enhance their skills in practicing corporate governance in their own place of work.

The programme structure consists of 8 modules, with a number of 15 credits per module and the qualification is at an NQF level 8.

Programme Information

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance is designed to enable the successful students to:

  • Apply best practice principles in public and private sector governance and leadership. 
  • Apply best practice in strategy development aimed at risk and stakeholder management. 
  • Take a critical stance on the philosophical foundations of ethics, make ethical decisions in business cases and strategically resolve ethical dilemmas. 
  • Examine the notion of governance and the numerous associated concepts, including the Code of Corporate Governance (King IV) Report. 
  • Appraise the compliance framework of the King IV Report. 
  • Characterise the relationship between Corporate Governance and legislation. 
  • Describe the relationship between corporate governance and board matters. 
  • Categorise the functions of audit committees and critically evaluate internal audit and company reports. 
  • Critically evaluate the application of the King IV recommendations on transparency, accountability and financial sustainability.

Mode of Delivery
The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance uses flexible teaching methods as it is designed for the working professional. A combined model is used which includes face-to-face contact sessions (three Saturday sessions per module), extensive online learning using the virtual learning system, case studies and projects to apply learning into practice and various assignments.

Modes of assessment will include class participation, face-to-face and online discussion, completion of case studies, assignment and projects. In order to successfully complete the programme, the final mark must be a passing mark of 50% or more.

Site of Delivery
At the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg (Important Notice: This is not a distance programme, students must be able to attend at least 2 of the 3 face-to-face contact sessions in each module).

The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance; HEQSF level 8 - the same level as an honours degree. The diploma is awarded by is awarded by the IIE.


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Tuition fees

Tuition fees is ZAR 53 000.

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Earn an internationally relevant degree in South Africa

Monash South Africa (MSA) was founded in 2001 and is located on a 100 hectare site in Ruimsig, north-west of Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng. Since 2019 MSA became a leading brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) and is...

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144 Peter Rd, Ruimsig
1725 Roodepoort Johannesburg
South Africa

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