Our Online MSc in Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance is a professional programme, delivered in collaboration with the International Compliance Association (ICA) for those seeking career-enhancing postgraduate qualifications.
This programme is specifically designed for students from around the world who already hold the ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance and wish to build on their international legal and GRC knowledge.
The course is structured to meet the demand from firms for highly-skilled legal and GRC professionals (covering Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorist Financing, Regulatory Compliance, Risk and Legal areas). The link between legal skills and core GRC skills is extensive. The merging of these areas will create a range of professionals that are more in line with the modern demands and pressures being encountered in the financial services sector.
The MSc will focus on the mix of professional skills required to apply regulations in practice – analysis, drafting and presentation skills, among others – so that you are equipped with the knowledge you will need as you build your international career.
We know what it takes to succeed on the constantly changing global, legal and financial services stage. Everything we do is geared towards teaching in a professional, practical context so you can enhance your professional skills and career prospects as a modern professional.
Applicants are required to hold the International Compliance Association (ICA) Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance.
Those who have successfully completed the diploma receive 80 M-level credits of APL for this course.
Our MSc allows you to study over 24, 18 or 15 months and no attendance is required at our centres. This flexible method of study means you can fit your study around existing work or other commitments.
Students are allocated a specific law tutor (a qualified lawyer) for each module to give them feedback on tasks and provide one-to-one support. On successful completion of each unit, you’ll receive an exemplar covering both the law and other professional skills, such as an example client letter where the task involves advising a client in writing.
Learn the fundamentals and structure of business organisations and what drives company law.
Key Skills Development
Commercial Awareness, writing, presentation, analysis.
Examine the legal framework in which the world’s most powerful listed companies operate.
Analysis, interpretation drafting, presentation.
The principles behind the two principal methods of raising company finance: bank borrowing and issuing debt securities.
Understanding a wide range of legal sources, documentary analysis, report and letter writing.
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This module teaches the fundamentals and structure of international intellectual property practice and includes an introduction to the various intellectual property rights and the international agreements in place to cover them. It also makes a comparison of UK and international rules on the following: passing off, trademarks, copyright, database right, data protection, design rights, patents and confidentiality.
You’ll learn the fundamentals of intellectual property and how it can be used to protect and licence ‘products of the mind’ using the rules of law around the world.
Understanding legal principles, practical exercises such as trade mark searches, patent searches, drafting copyright licences and writing letters of advice on alleged infringements.
This module teaches the fundamentals and structure of international anti-trust practice and covers abuse of dominant or monopoly position, anti-competitive agreements, investigations and enforcement of competition law and merger control.
Gain an understanding of the main aspects of UK, EU and US competition law – and its impact on the commercial world.
Commercial awareness, legal writing, presentation, research, analysis.
This module teaches the fundamentals and structure of international mergers and acquisitions practice. It includes types of acquisitions, preliminary documentation and the structure of a sale and purchase agreement.
Understand a step-by-step examination of the process of acquiring a private company where the business or organisations involved are from different countries.
Legal and commercial analysis, drafting documents, advising clients.
This module teaches the fundamentals and structure of international joint ventures practice. It covers an introduction to international joint ventures, capital and funding (of corporate joint ventures) and competition and regulatory controls.
Consideration of the legal and commercial implications of entering into an international joint venture.
Writing and drafting, research and analysis, understanding clients’ commercial needs.
This module teaches the fundamentals and structure of international arbitration practice. It covers the arbitration agreement, commencing proceedings, the arbitral tribunal, the award and the costs of the arbitration and recognition and enforcement of the award.
The procedures for, and benefits of, resolving claims by arbitration – with an emphasis on client-focused commercial advice and practical problem solving.
Advising a client, drafting agreements, preparing evidence.
Considers the key aspects of the law relating to international sales, concentrating on issues common to the most important jurisdictions and the differences between them.
Writing, presentation, research, analysis.
Students will have studied 80 (M-level) credits in Governance, Risk and Compliance as part of their Professional Postgraduate Diploma in GRC awarded by the International Compliance Association (ICA).
The MSc component will consist of a series of modules comprising 100 (M-level) credits. This will be broken down as follows:
To ensure you get the most out of your studies, you must study International Business Organisations as your first module.
The remaining two modules are chosen by you to allow you to tailor your studies to your needs, however we recommend studying International Public Companies Practice and International Capital Markets and Loans Practice.
Students receive up to seven hours of supervision via e-mail from a University of Law tutor during each module, and a further three hours of supervision when working on their dissertation.
The MSc is assessed via:
There are nine units per module, eight of which are supervised by a University of Law tutor, the ninth is a module assignment. Each of the eight supervised units require approximately 15 hours of study over a period of 2.5 weeks. Each unit requires a written submission to the supervising tutor: the tutor provides feedback on each submission, but this does not form part of the assessment of the module.
At the end of each of the three modules which you need to study with The University of Law, you will be required to submit a module assignment (3,000 to 5,000 words) and students have up three weeks to complete this assignment.
Students are required to produce a dissertation/paper/report (maximum 7,500 words) on a topic of their choice, to be selected from one of the areas of University of Law module study.
Students will have the opportunity to have up to three hours of supervision by email from a University of Law tutor during the period over which the dissertation is produced.
The PPDS provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate the ability to carry out in-depth and intensive investigation into a specialist area of legal practice and to present the findings in a formal report.
The PPDS does not have a formal study module and the University of Law does not set any titles for it. Instead, students will identify a specialist area of practice based upon a broad practice area of law which they have studied with the University of Law (this could be a current issue or development in that area) and will propose their own title on this area. This will be submitted to The University of Law for approval along with an outline of content and approach. Once approval is given, a supervisor expert in the chosen area will be appointed for each student.
MSc Programme Demands (PDF)
Monday 9 January 2017
No attendance at our centres is required.
In order to apply, students will have studied 80 (M-level) credits in Governance, Risk and Compliance as part of their Professional Postgraduate Diploma in GRC awarded by the International Compliance Association (ICA).
Course fees outlined below relate to the MSc component studied at The University of Law only.
Course fees include online tutor supervision, interactive learning resources, and first attempt assessment fees.
Students on our January 2017 and July 2017 MSc in Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance course can choose to pay in instalments.
For more information on fees and instalment schedules, please see our terms and conditions.
To apply for our MSc in Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance commencing on 9 January 2017 please follow the instructions below: Print off a copy of the booking form Ensure you have read and understood our Terms and Conditions and course fee payment, cancellation, deferral, intermission and transfer deadlines, and corresponding course fee liability for your course. Complete the booking form in BLOCK CAPITALS. Return the form and payment by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if paying by cheque, to The University of Law, Admissions (MSc), Braboeuf Manor, Portsmouth Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1HA, United Kingdom.
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