This programme examines corporate governance from a variety of perspectives. It examines the major theories concerning the nature of corporations and their place in society; the major concerns driving corporate governance law and practice and reform proposals. In addition the programme looks at theories of the firm and their implications for corporate governance and aims to evaluate the effectiveness of corporation governance norms and institutions in achieving their goals. It also considers the evidence for European and global convergence of corporate governance practices and the ways in which this might evolve. The programme puts the study of the major corporate governance issues into a comparative and global perspective.
The following 30 credit course units are compulsory for students undertaking this programme: The Principles and Practice of Corporate Governance (semester one) and Comparative Corporate Governance (semester two). These compulsory course units constitute 60 credits from the total of 120 credits of taught course units for the programme.
Details of LLM course units can be found on The School of Law website by following these links: Postgraduate - Postgraduate taught - Courses - Index of all course units/modules.
In addition to the compulsory course units, you will be required to study other course units, selected from a range of options, that either cover specialist or peripheral areas of corporate governance or that complement the study of corporate governance. Course units available in any given year will not be confirmed until perhaps May or June preceding the start of the academic year. However, the LL.M in Corporate Governance will typically offer course units in Corporations and International Business Law; International Financial Services Regulation; Law & Development; Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility; and Corporate Environmental Responsibility & Regulation (along with several other more generic optional course units).
Progression and assessment
All course units are assessed by either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment.
Students must also submit two research papers for the LL.M degree (one research paper submitted in April, and one submitted in September).