Challenges in Corporate Governance

MQF Level 5


Challenges in Corporate Governance

October 2024
Module Type
6 sessions
ECTS Credits
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Module Description

Corporate governance is one of the most important issues to face organisations of all kinds and their management and other stakeholders.

It combines management, ethics, laws and regulation.

This module aims to provide the appropriate oversight of risk around the boardroom table and increases awareness about the importance of understanding financial sector risks.

This module helps in ensuring that institutions need to find the right balance between conducting de-risking exercises whilst continuing to fulfil their obligations when providing services to their customers. 

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess the following: 

  • a qualification at MQF Level 4 (one A-level or equivalent in any subject);


  • a pass in English Language and Mathematics at MQF Level 3 (O-level or equivalent).  

Target Audience

  • This programme is targeted at people within the financial and banking sector, as well as other individuals seeking professional and academic advancement in AML and compliance.  

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning. The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

  • Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

  • Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises. Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

How you’ll be assessed

The course comprises:

  • Evening classes for part-time courses.
  • Classes held throughout the day for full-time courses.
  • Guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos.
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work.


Assessment is carried out via two mandatory components:

  • Assessment 1
  • Assessment 2

The programme includes different forms of assessment which allow for and promote students’ critical engagement. The assessment tasks may include an in-class assignment and/or a home-based written assignment using diverse assessment tools which may take the form of online and in-class discussions, examinations, case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations, etc., as applicable to the diverse modules. 


Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Evaluate the current issues in corporate governance at both national and international levels.
  • Analyse agency, stakeholder and stewardship theories.
  • Evaluate the structures and policies necessary for effective corporate governance.
  • Assess the roles of management, investors and other stakeholders.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Predict the effectiveness of an organizations’ corporate governance systems using knowledge of board structures.
  • Define and explain de-risking.
  • Promoting a compliance culture of risk management and not de-risking.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Evaluate how far organisations comply with accepted good practice.
  • Communicate the evaluation of corporate governance and its place in society to senior management.
  • Identify the challenges of corporate governance and the conceptual framework of corporate governance.
  • Discuss the issue of de-risking and the money laundering risks.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to benefit from assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.
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