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Diploma in Corporate Governance


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Designed and delivered by directors and governance professionals for directors.

Join a diverse network of senior executives and directors to exchange ideas and experiences.

Learn what you need to succeed as non-executive director

Understand the duties, liabilities and responsibilities of being a director.

Learn how a board operates and gain practical experience to be a successful board member.

This diploma is ideal for senior executives who need to understand how boards work.

How would you like to take your diploma?

Self Paced


100% online


Perfect for those who want the greatest level of flexibility. Easy to use learning options. All lectures delivered by industry experts, each one a leader in their chosen discipline. You will be learning and networking with your peers, discovering the mindset required to be a modern, confident boardroom director. Ideal for the busy, working executive.

Meet your teachers
  • Gain the mindset of a boardroom director
  • Build the confidence of a director
  • Find your next role as a non executive director
Upcoming course: 13th April
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Personally tutored

Part time, 11 weeks

Live online, faculty delivered


The ideal option for you to achieve your goals within 3 months. Each week you are taught, in an interactive and engaging way, by a different industry expert, each one a leader in their chosen discipline. Each lesson is both captivating and engaging, where you get a change to network with peers and discuss the content and case studies.

Meet your faculty
  • Gain the mindset of a boardroom director
  • Build the confidence of a director
  • Find your next role as a non executive director
Upcoming course: 24th May
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Intensive Bootcamp

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.

Meet your lecturers
  • Gain the mindset of a boardroom director
  • Build the confidence of a director
  • Find your next role as a non executive director
Upcoming course: 24th April
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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.

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Previous Delegates Include

UK Parliament

Recommended by
97.3% of our delegates

What delegates say about our courses:

“The Diploma in Corporate Governance was excellent. It was an eye opener for me and I learnt an immense amount from the course and tutors.”

Raj Kambo


“Excellent programme, content very relevant to existing and aspiring board members. Excellent support provided by the team in CGI and the online format worked very well.”

Audrey Boyde


“There was plenty of help and support available and patience as I engaged and learned. Very much appreciated the materials, delivery, and support.”

David Moore


“Challenging course but well delivered by an excellent team. Course materials very professional and lectures from a high calibre team with vast practical experience.”

John Hennessy


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.

Here is a 3 minute preview of what’s on the course

University credit-rated. Industry approved. Globally recognised.


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
The company director

You will learn about the duties and responsibilities to be a competent director with the appropriate mindset to make a real impact in the boardroom.

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.

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Learn with us

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
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

You will have a clear understanding of how boards function and the format of effective board meetings.

You will understand how the various committees operate and how they enhance the effectiveness of a board.

You will be familiar with the skills and expertise that a board director needs to know to do their job effectively.

We will provide you with the tools, templates and confidence you need to make an impact in the boardroom.

We will introduce you to different reporting tools that will be useful to you as a director.

You will be introduced to the ongoing and changing ethical issues and apply them to a modern board.

You will clearly understand the nature and effect of culture on an organisation and how you can influence and shape it.

You will be in a stronger position to evaluate any risks facing an organisation and how to mitigate these risks.

We will provide you with the skills to evaluate a board, for instance, if you are thinking of joining one.

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 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.