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Postgraduate Diploma in Management specialising in Corporate Governance

    Why study a Postgraduate Diploma in Management specialising in Corporate Governance?

    The Monash South Africa (MSA) Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDip (Management)) specialising in Corporate Governance, is a one-year qualification for working professionals interested in studying the complex and changing relationships between corporations, their stakeholders and the societies in which they function. There is a strong focus on internal corporate governance and their mechanisms, as these are used to mitigate the conflict between managers and shareholders such that value is maximised.

    This postgraduate qualification will enhance the skills set of directors and senior officials within private and government entities. In this highly competitive environment, it is imperative for leaders to have skills that can steer corporations in the directions that can be beneficial to multiple stakeholders. This programme focuses on both policy and strategic challenges, for senior managers working with boards or dealing with governance issues.

    Programme Outline

    The course comprises eight (8) core units and no elective units. Students will complete eight (8) units per year if planning to study full-time or four (4) units if studying part-time.

    Unit 1: Ethics and Business Ethics
    This unit provides a framework for corporate governance by focusing on ethics (at macro, meso and micro level) and the philosophical background to ethics and business ethics, ethical decision-making, resolving ethical dilemmas and value systems in South Africa. The unit also includes 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 is also dealt with.

    Unit 2: Corporate Governance
    This unit focuses on corporate and business performance, the business environment, corporate control, business survival and success, sustainability, growing concern, business opportunities and entrepreneurship and corporate citizenship. A corporate
    governance framework will be established and principles will be dealt with. Shareholder engagement and activism forms part of this unit.

    Unit 3: The legislative environment to corporate governance
    This unit focuses on the South African legislative environment (King III, 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. The unit explores legislation, regulations and governance codes and will also deal with corporate misconduct and malpractice. Corporate governance in the contexts of the public sector, non-profit sector and SME’s are addressed in this unit. Practical matters such as the memorandum of incorporation and shareholder agreements are also be dealt with.

    Unit 4: Board matters
    This unit 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.

    Unit 5: Leadership, directors and officers
    This unit focuses on corporate citizenship and leadership, board performance, director’s performance and remuneration, the board chairman, the CEO and the company secretary.

    Unit 6: The combined assurance model
    This unit 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.

    Unit 7: Strategy, stakeholders and risk
    This unit 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. IT governance is also dealt with, as well as Cobit5. Business rescue also forms part of this unit.

    Unit 8: Financial, sustainability and integrated reporting
    This unit 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.


    1 year: Full-time

    2 years: Part-time

    Multiple Intakes

    Please note: Registrations for PGDip (Management) specialising in Corporate Governance are now closed.

    Each unit runs for five (5) weeks and begins with a scheduled contact session on campus followed by further continuous study and assignment submissions via the Learning Management System (LMS). Contact sessions will occur on Saturdays from 9h00 to 13h00.

    Fees for 2017

    Domestic/South African students can either pay the entire course fees prior to the start of the course or they can pay for the entire unit prior to the commencement of the unit.

    International students are advised to pay 80% of the 2017 annual course fee and secure a valid study visa prior to start of the course.

    2017 Annual Course Fee: R 40 000 (inclusive of the registration fee) * Note that fees are subject to an annual change.

    For more information regarding fees please visit the Fee structure

    Students are responsible for the payment of their own transport and accommodation during the various intakes and its semesters, as well as for textbooks, computers or other devices to use the Internet.

    Course Introduction Dates

    The programme has compulsory Course Introduction sessions. Students will be notified of the Course Introduction dates.

    Students are advised to pay and enrol at least three days before the course commences.

    Application Closing Dates

    MSA must receive your application at least two weeks before the start of that particular intake.

    Banking Details

    Beneficiary: Monash South Africa Limited
    Bank: First National Bank (FNB)
    Branch: Cresta (254905)
    Account number: 62062732485
    Reference: Student number_ Surname

    Payment Methods

    The tuition fees are payable upfront via the following payment methods:

    Direct deposit / Telegraphic transfer

    Credit / Debit card facilities are available at Monash South Africa, Student Services Centre

    NO CASH is accepted at Monash South Africa

    Pay online via

    Please forward all Direct Deposit / Telegraphic transfer (swift message) proof of payment to Student Fees at: or Fax: 086 629 6544

    Find Out More

    Telephone: +27 11 950 4009

    Course Coordinator: School of Business & Economics

    Dr Natasha Mwila
    Telephone: +27 11 950 4340

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    Multiple Intakes

    Please note: Registrations for PGDip (Management) specialising in Corporate Governance are now closed.

    Each unit runs for five (5) weeks and begins with a scheduled contact session on campus followed by further continuous study and assignment submissions via the Learning Management System (LMS). Contact sessions will occur on Saturdays from 9h00 to 13h00.

    Unit Schedule & Contact Sessions ***:

    UnitSubjectDateContact Sessions
    1 Ethics and Business Ethics4 February - 10 March 2017 4 February, 18 February, 4 March
    2Corporate Governance11 March - 14 April 201711 March, 25 March, 8 April
    3The legislative environment to corporate governance22 April - 26 May 201722 April, 6 May, 20 May
    4Board matters27 May - 30 June 201727 May, 10 June, 24 June
    5Leadership, directors and officers15 July - 18 August 201715 July, 29 July, 12 August
    6The combined assurance model19 August - 22 September 201719 August, 2 September, 16 September
    7Strategy, stakeholders and risk30 September - 3 November 201730 September, 14 October, 28 October
    8 Financial, sustainability and integrated reporting4 November - 8 December 20174 November, 18 November, 2 December

    *** Should the student numbers per unit exceeded the anticipated numbers, MSA will split the cohort into two and the 2nd cohort will start a week after the 1st cohort.

    Programme Information

    Mode of Delivery
    The PGDip (Management) specialising in Corporate Governance is designed for the working professional and uses flexible teaching methods. These include compulsory face-to-face contact sessions (three Saturday sessions per unit), extensive online
    learning using the Learning Management System (LMS), case studies and projects to apply learning into practice.

    Continuous assessment is used, through challenging and innovative individual projects, case studies and assignments in each unit as well as online exercises to be completed in the LMS.

    Site of Delivery
    The PGDip (Management) specialising in Corporate Governance is offered at the Monash South Africa campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg.

    Admissions Criteria
    Applicants must have successfully completed a relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification (HEQSF level 7); and have work experience.

    International Students
    International students’ qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis. When applying, students should submit certified copies of one of the above mentioned qualifications as well as final grades in subjects undertaken.

    The PGDip (Management) specialising in Corporate Governance is awarded by Monash South Africa as a registered private higher education institution in South Africa. This qualification is on HEQSF level 8.

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