ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance

Sharpen your strategic skills so you’re equipped to hold the most senior compliance positions.

Course details

Join hundreds of senior compliance professionals from all over the world who have taken the step to become an inspirational leader.

  • Specialist knowledge – achieve the highest level in the field
  • Strategic thinking – realise your leadership ambitions
  • Innovation – explore new ideas, best practice, and future developments from a global perspective
  • Fellowship of ICA – become automatically eligible for the highest grade of membership, which will be complimentary for the first year
  • Networking – grow with other like-minded, senior professionals

Next course date: 19 August 2024

Price: £8250 + local taxes



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The course material was clear and precise

Past student

Instalment payment plan

Want to spread the cost of this course? Find out more about instalment payment plan.

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What will I learn?

  • 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 

Course format

This is a 9-12 month programme with materials delivered online for you to study in your own time and at your own pace. You will also attend the following live, virtual sessions:

  • Eight masterclasses over four weekends
  • Four group tutorials that give the opportunity to reflect, interpret and apply the knowledge from the masterclasses
  • Five virtual classrooms spread over the duration of the course, designed to introduce you to the course and support you with the assessment process. The programme is assessed through the creation of a reflective journal consisting of eight masterclass commentaries (1,000–1,500 words) and a competency-based interview.

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 and audit staff
  • Company secretaries
  • Accountants
  • Legal practitioners
  • Regulatory representatives

To be eligible, you must have at least three years' experience in a senior management role OR one year in a senior management role and at least ten years’ overall career experience in compliance.

Holders of an ICA Diploma may be allowed some discretion against this entry criteria. For example, if you have some experience carrying out senior management activities, we can consider your application.

Your eligibility will be assessed before being accepted onto the course. Please contact us for more information.

Become an ICA member

When you enrol onto this course you will join an international
community of over 30,000 members. Benefits include:

  • Access to the uniquely personalised ICA Learning Hub
  • Weekly webinars covering the latest industry
  • Discounts on ICA events and further ICA courses

The fee for ICA membership will be added separately to your basket when you enrol online for this course.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the course and have fallen back in love with compliance again! I was able to debate and discuss risk and compliance topics with SMEs from countries such as Russia, Sri-Lanka and Japan from a variety of sectors including banking, gambling, food and government agencies. Where else can you get such rich diversity of thought, background, ethnicity and approach. I loved it and plan to stay in close contact with a large number of my cohort as we formed some great relationships. The course leader clearly has a passion to want to help people, and was always there for guidance and support. The specialist external tutors were also thoroughly engaging and motivating – big highlight of the course.

Jon Childs, Head of Compliance & Money Laundering Reporting Officer



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I have found all aspects very interesting, and the discussions around the subject matter by experts were enriching

Past learner


View frequently asked questions below:

How often does this course run?

There are three intakes a year for this course. For the latest intake dates see above.

What payment options are there?

If you are self-funding, can pay for the course in full by credit or debit card or pay in ten interest-free instalments. If your employer is paying for the course you can select the invoice option when enrolling online.

Discounts for low GDP countries?

If you reside in one of the countries on this list you will receive a 15% discount on this course. The discount will automatically be added at checkout when you enrol.

Does the course fee include local tax?

Local tax if applicable will be added to your basket on check out.

Why do I need to be a member of ICA to do this course?

As a professional, awarding body ICA requires you to be an Associate member while you’re studying for your course (unless you are already a member). You will benefit from being part of a global, like-minded community and will receive access to additional resources, insight and learning to support your studies. Once you’ve completed your course, you will be eligible to become an ICA Fellow (the highest level of membership) and you will receive your first year of membership at no cost. Renewing your membership showcases your commitment to ongoing learning and continues to provide you with a range of benefits including digital badges to share on social media and discounts on further ICA courses and global events.

How will this course make me stand out from the crowd?

ICA qualifications are internationally recognised as evidence of high levels of competence in regulatory and financial crime compliance. Many employers all over the world specify an ICA qualification as pre-requisite for roles. ICA Professional Postgraduate Diplomas are unique leadership programmes designed to prepare you to hold the highest regulatory and financial crime compliance positions in a firm. Once you have completed the course you are also exclusively eligible for a master’s degree top-up offered by The University of Manchester.

How much self-study time do I need to set aside?

We recommend that you allow for 2-4 hours study per week but plan to increase this around your times of assessment.