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Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance

1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate

Program description

Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance

The Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance offered at IIE MSA is designed to enable understanding, implementation and interpretation of the critical role of corporate governance in business sustain ability 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.

Admission requirements

Qualifications obtained outside South Africa must be presented along with an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

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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.

Module 1: Ethics and Business Ethics

The philosophy and multiple levels of ethics and business ethics, ethical decision-making and resolving ethical dilemmas are covered. The module also covers value systems in the modern corporation and its moral obligations; the social contract; the inclusive stakeholder approach and corporate power; the development of a code of ethics and ethical leadership.

Module 2: Corporate Governance

This module covers corporate and business performance; the business environment; corporate control; business survival and success; sustainability, growing concern, business opportunities and entrepreneurship; corporate citizenship; establishing a corporate governance framework and principles; shareholder engagement and activism.

Module 3: The legislative environment to corporate governance

The module explores legislation, regulations and governance codes and will also deal with corporate misconduct and malpractice. The South African legislative environment (The King Codes, the JSE listing requirements, the Companies Act, the PFMA, the MFMA and a few more relevant acts), and some international legislative environments such as the Sarbanes-Oxley act of the USA and the Combined Code of the UK are looked at. Corporate Governance in the contexts of the public sector, non-profit sector and SMEs are addressed in this module. Practical matters such as the memorandum of incorporation and shareholder agreements are also be dealt with.

Module 4: Board matters

This module focuses on the power of the board, composition of the board, non-executive directors, board meetings, shareholder meetings, conduct of the board, conduct of directors and board committees.

Module 5: Leadership, directors and officers

This module focuses on corporate citizenship and leadership, board performance, director’s performance and remuneration, the board chairman, the CEO and the company secretary.

Module 6: The combined assurance model

This module focuses on all aspects of the combined assurance model, including internal audit and external audit. The audit committee will be dealt with in more depth, including the legislative environment for auditors in South Africa.

Module 7: Strategy, stakeholders and risk

This module focuses on the integration of the business model, the business strategic objectives and strategies, risks and opportunities, risk management, internal control, governance and remuneration, performance, future outlook and stakeholder engagement. Business rescue also forms part of this module.

Module 8: Financial, sustainability and integrated reporting 

This module focuses on the disclosure and transparency, annual financial statements, financial standards, the triple bottom line, the GRI, sustainability reporting, CSR governance, sustainable development governance, integrated reporting, sustainability assurance and integrated assurance.

Programme Information


The 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. 
  • Characterize the relationship between Corporate Governance and legislation. 
  • Describe the relationship between corporate governance and board matters. 
  • Categorize 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 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).

Tuition fees

Tuition fees is ZAR 49,500


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

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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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