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Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance

Why study a 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.

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.




How to Apply

Module Schedule & Contact Sessions***:


1 year: Full-time
2 years: Part-time


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

Multiple Intakes

Intake 1: 2 February 2019
Intake 2: 9 March 2019
Intake 3: 13 April 2019
Intake 4: 25 May 2019
Intake 5: 13 July 2019
Intake 6: 17 August 2019
Intake 7: 28 September 2019
Intake 8: 2 November 2019

Each module 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.

Programme Code


Programme Introduction Dates

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

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

Application Closing Dates

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

Fees for 2019

Annual Programme Fee: R49 500

* Note that fees are subject to an annual change.

Domestic/South African students are advise to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each module in full before the commencement date of the module.

Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.

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.

Payment Methods

For more information on our payment methods visit https://www.iiemsa.co.za/pay-fees/

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  • ZPG4849 - Ethics and business ethics - FEB
  • ZPG4850 - Corporate governance - MAR
  • ZPG4851 - The legislative environment to corporate governance - APR
  • ZPG4852 - Board matters - MAY
  • ZPG4853 - Leadership, directors and officers - JUL
  • ZPG4846 - The combined assurance model - AUG
  • ZPG4847 - Strategy, stakeholders and risk - OCT
  • ZPG4848 - Financial, sustainability and integrated reporting - NOV

*** Should the student numbers per module 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

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 (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).

Admissions Criteria
To be eligible for this programme, applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification (Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework Level 7) from an accredited university or other tertiary institution. Qualifications obtained outside South Africa must be presented along with an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority.

The language of instruction at IIE MSA is English. All foreign language qualifications must be officially translated. Students whose qualifications were obtained in any other language apart from English need to present proof of English Language competency through an accredited language test.

Students must have proficient computer, internet and email skills. Where these are deemed to be inadequate, students will be required to undertake training relevant to equipping them with the necessary skills.

Work experience is advantageous but not a pre-requisite for this programme. The work experience of candidates will be considered where they do not meet the minimum entry requirements. Candidates may then be recommended to recognition of prior learning committee for consideration.

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

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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