Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance for 2024

Why study a 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.

Corporate Governance 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

Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance 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 6 modules, with a number of 20 credits per module and the qualification is at an NQF level 8.

Module 1: Corporate governance
As future company board members or CEOs, you need to understand both the principles, applications, and processes of adopting effective corporate governance measures in an organisation. An effective corporate governance system ensures that the company participants address their key roles and responsibilities as well as their relationships with each other and with the stakeholders.  The purpose of this module is to develop a thorough understanding and knowledge of the corporate governance skills and competencies necessary for managing an organisation effectively and ethically.

Module 2: Corporate governance and law
The purpose of this module is to provide students with a sound understanding and appreciation of legal environment within which organisations functions.  This Module seeks to highlight the legal frameworks relevant to Corporate Governance in South Africa and the obligations that are imposed on certain business structures, both in the private and public sectors. The principal aim of this module is to expose students to the South African legislative environment.

Module 3: Ethical business decision making
The purpose of the module is for students to understand the importance of ethical business decision-making and resolving ethical dilemmas faced by corporate organisations at the macro, meso and micro levels. this module begins with an exploration of ethical behaviour that governs the conduct of professionals within the workplace and business environment. While ethical beliefs are held by individuals, they are also reflected in values, interactions, and business acumen practices. Hence, this module is designed to facilitate the recognition of ethical issues, evaluating the impact of unethical behaviour, and adapting organisational principles and practices to promote ethical behaviour.



1 year: Full-time


Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 8, SAQA ID 101974

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Programme Introduction Dates

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

Application Closing Dates

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

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Module 4: Integrated financial reporting and auditing
This module examines the financial reporting and auditing of companies. The module takes a global perspective and analyses how integrated reporting plays a pivotal role in evaluating a firms performance.

Module 5: Risk management
The purpose of this module is to expose students to the fundamental risk management theories and approaches applied within organisations to avoid and minimise risks through the implementation of risk management strategies that focuses on both the internal and external business environments. .

Module 6: Research methodology
The purpose of this module is to develop students’ skills in research, critical analysis, and academic discourse in order for them to complete a self-directed research project. Emphasis is placed on independent and critical thinking, analysis, research designs and methods, as well as academic discourse. This module will provide students with practical and applied experience in research.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance 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. 
  • 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 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, 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 face-to-face contact sessions in each module).

Minimum Admission Requirements
An appropriate HEQSF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree; OR  
An appropriate Advanced Diploma; OR
An equivalent NQF Level 7 qualification

International Students
A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NQF L7 equivalence in an appropriate field.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements may be eligible for admission via alternate means such as RPL. Please enquire at the campus for assistance.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication. However, these may change.

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