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Diploma in Corporate Governance

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Enhance your career as a director. Develop the practical knowledge, insight and global mindset to be a great board director.

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Discover the Diploma in Corporate Governance
Explore our online, flexible diploma courses for aspiring directors, existing directors and executives in leadership roles.

Diploma in Corporate Governance


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Full time, 1 week

Live online, Zoom-based

This option, delivered over one week, allows you to become a qualified director with the associated peer networking. This is an intensive deep-dive, ideally suited to the busy professional. All classes delivered live, on Zoom, by world-leading industry practitioners in the field of corporate governance.

Gain the mindset of a boardroom director
Build the confidence of a director
Find your next role as a non executive director 


Membership included with your Diploma

As a delegate of the Diploma in Corporate Governance, you get free access to the Corporate Governance Institute membership programme, where you can network, connect, interact with and learn from your peers. You also get access to a range of templates and documents that are required boardroom materials. You will be in the company of the global leaders, a group of experienced senior executives and directors.  As a member, you have access to exclusive content as well as upcoming boardroom and non-executive roles. 

Why this Diploma in Corporate Governance
Do you want to think like a director? Do you want to increase and improve your ability to drive sustainable value? Have confidence in your future and take the Diploma in Corporate Governance.


A university-backed curriculum that is credit-rated. Currently, less than 0.5% of company directors have a formal qualification in corporate governance.


This Diploma is designed by directors who understand the essential practical skills required to develop the mindset to become an influential, effective board member.


Become part of an elite group of senior leaders, acquire a board position, enhance your career options and connect with a diverse group of directors from around the world.

What you will learn
This Diploma in Corporate Governance is university credit-rated and validated by our Governance Advisory Council. Our comprehensive syllabus enables you to learn what you need to know to become a successful company director.
Module 1
Introduction to corporate governance

Gain a clear understanding of the world of corporate governance, the principles which underpin it, global trends and the role it plays in contemporary business.

Module 2
Governance architecture

Learn that the governance structure of every organisation is unique, given its heritage and culture and how to build a best practice governance structure.

Module 3
The governance handbook

The Board Governance Handbook is the document that defines an organisation roles, policies, procedures and other basic board documentation.

Module 4

This module clearly explains, in detail, the information and supporting processes that directors require to perform their role and how they relate to effective reporting.

Module 5

This module clearly explains, in detail, the information and supporting processes that directors require to perform their role and how they relate to effective reporting.


Module 6

This module explains the importance of aligning the culture of the board with the organisation and its strategy and how to influence company culture.

Module 7

This module will help you to understand the tools used, the strategy development and implementation processes and the board’s role.

Module 8
Financial matters

This module will help to interpret the financial statements that you will have to master as a director and help you ask the right questions.

Module 9

This module ensures that you, as a director, can provide the proper oversight of risk in the organisation and ask intelligent questions.

Module 10
Evaluating performance

This module clearly explains how to initiate and implement evaluations of the board, directors, and CEO on either an internal or external basis.

Module 11
The non-executive director

This module will help you formulate a systematic approach to your career plan to become or progress as a director or non-executive director.

Multiple-choice assessment

Candidates are required to complete three online assessments based on the programme modules. These will take approximately six hours in total.


Learn with us

We have designed the best possible learning experience for you, bringing together some of the leading boardroom practitioners with global experience. Our syllabus is both modern and unrivalled. Your learning methods include

Videos & Case Studies

Learn best practice from recorded sessions delivered by company directors, who will share their experiences and learnings with you. The case studies are real-world, which you can bring into your world.


In addition to the videos and case studies, we deliver world-class leadership and governance webinars to our members and learners. These Lunch & Learn sessions detail many real-world challenges that you can learn from.


This programme is completely structured to maximise your learning outcomes, with full support from both peers and lecturers.


Learning Outcomes
Frequently Asked Questions

Our faculty members are industry experts with an interest in teaching the next generation of directors and board members. Along with teaching, our lecturers are professionally involved in numerous types of businesses. 

You will examine the most current and relevant case studies and learn about the latest thinking at the board level. To see the full list of faculty members, click here

You can study for this Diploma in three different formats, each one designed to be flexible so they work for busy people.

  • Some students choose to learn at their own pace by taking the online, self-paced format, which gives you up to six months to complete the content of the course.
  • Some prefer the part-time Diploma which takes 11 weeks to complete and involves three hours of teaching per week.
  • And then there is the Bootcamp format which is ideal for busy executives who wish to become certified directors in just one week.

You can learn more and decide which format suits you the best, here.


Definitely. We designed this Diploma to demystify and define what it means to be a company director and a boardroom leader. You will learn best boardroom practices from company directors, who share their experiences and knowledge. The case studies are real-world, practical and full of insights. Your resulting certification is globally recognised. 

This Diploma is ideal for the next generation of leaders who wish to make a positive impact at the highest levels of organisations around the world.

Absolutely! We’ve had teams join us from PLCs, NGOs, law firms, public bodies, today’s financial and tech giants, and everywhere in between. If you’re interested in participating in teams of five or more, email info@thegovernance.org for more information.

The diploma includes three assessments. You need to pass all three assessments to receive your university credit-rated qualification. 

You’ll complete your assessments online, at a time that suits you, using our assessment platform. Once you enrol on the course, you’ll receive detailed instructions on how and when you’re eligible to attempt your assessments.

The assessment questions are based on the course materials. You’ll be very prepared to take the assessments once you’ve familiarised yourself with the course content. The assessments usually take the format of multiple choice style questions and each one will take you 90 minutes to complete.

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Diploma In Corporate Governance