ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance

Course level : ICA Professional Postgraduate Diplomas

Next intakes commence: April 2023

This leadership programme has been designed to sharpen the strategic skills of senior managers and those aspiring to hold the highest Governance, Risk and Compliance positions within an organisation.

This expert-level qualification offers:

  • Specialist knowledge - the highest level in the field
  • Strategic thinking – helps your leadership ambitions
  • Innovation - explores new ideas, best practice, and future developments from a global perspective
  • Fellowship of ICA – become automatically eligible for the highest grade of membership
  • Networking – grow with other like-minded, senior professionals.

Join hundreds of senior Governance, Risk and Compliance professionals from over 50 countries who unlocked their leadership potential and improved their career growth opportunities with this qualification.

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This course is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.

Admission is through application. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a senior practitioner (i.e. currently hold a senior management role) with at least three years’ experience in that role, or one at the equivalent level of seniority, and at least 10 years overall career experience.

Holders of an ICA Diploma qualification may be allowed some discretion against this entry criteria. For example, if you work in a role directly reporting into a senior practitioner role and have some experience carrying out senior practitioner activities, we can consider your application.

This is an executive-level programme suitable for:

  • Heads of Compliance/Governance/Risk
  • Company Directors/Board Members
  • Compliance Managers and senior GRC staff
  • Senior Risk staff
  • Senior Internal and External Audit staff
  • Company Secretaries
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Regulatory Representatives

Please note that your eligibility will be assessed before being accepted on to the course. You can do this by sending your CV & Job Description directly to [email protected] or by uploading a copy of your documents when you apply online.

The syllabus covers a variety of key issues relevant at a senior level and is designed to provide an insight into risks and potential hurdles faced by your organisation. The syllabus is delivered by an exclusive series of high profile masterclasses covering relevant topics.

  • Building and leading a world class compliance team
  • Strategic risk management for leaders
  • Behavioural compliance: the role of psychology in culture and ethical behaviour
  • Keeping up with emerging regulatory developments
  • Governance, risk and compliance in the digital world
  • Applying governance, conduct and outcomes for the benefit of the organisation
  • Leading change in governance, risk and compliance
  • Financial crime risk in the digital age
  • Twelve-month course with materials delivered online for you to study in your own time and at your own pace.
  • Eight 3-hour live, virtual masterclasses over four weekends.
  • Eight group tutorials that give the opportunity to reflect, interpret and apply the knowledge from the masterclasses.
  • (Optional) Five live, virtual classrooms spread over the duration of the course, designed to support the networking element of the course as well as focus on the latest global developments.
  • Assessed through the creation of a reflective journal consisting of eight masterclass commentaries (1,000 -1,500 words) and a 2-to-3-hour competency-based interview.

Course fees

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Course fess stated exclude VAT or local tax, this will be added to your basket at the checkout if applicable.

Once you have been accepted onto the course, i f you are funding the course yourself, we offer an interest-free instalment plan of ten equal monthly payments.

Payment can be made by credit card, bankers draft/cheque or via a wire transfer (bank details available on request).

Discount for Low GDP countries

A 15% discount applies if you are based in one of the countries on this list The discount will be added automatically on the check out page.

Membership Fee: £110* (Associate Membership - you must be an ICA member for the duration of your studies)

*Payable unless you are already an ICA Member.

Exclusive Qualification Discount for ICA Professional and Fellow Members
ICA Professional and Fellow members are entitled to discounted rates on subsequent qualifications :

Professional (MICA) - 10%
Fellow (FICA) – 15%

Simply enter your membership number on enrolment to gain your exclusive discounted rate.

We have full syllabi available for all of our qualifications. Click here to download a syllabus.

Graduates of this course have exclusive access to the new MSc Financial Crime and Compliance in Digital Societies developed by the University of Manchester in association with ICA. This 12-month, blended programme will help you gain the digital edge in financial crime compliance. More information here. or download the brochure here.

"Practical applications, relevance and competency standards. Selected tutors were excellent – with great insights into the subject matter. Loved interaction of course lead and how helpful they were"

Past student of ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance

"Excellent virtual classrooms and masterclass weekends that were informative, relevant and practical"

Past student of ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance

"Interactive experience in terms of masterclasses and tutorials, it was a very practical course and safe environment created to share industry experience"

Zoe Allen-Robinson - Graduate 2022

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Jonathan Bowdler

Head of Regulatory Compliance

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Paul Asare-Archer

Director of Compliance – Telefonica UK (O2)

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David Jackman

Author | NED | MD - The Ethical Space

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Paul Eccleson MSc

Chief Risk and Compliance Officer

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