Our qualifications help compliance professionals develop relevant knowledge and best practice for operating within the fields of governance, risk and compliance, financial crime prevention and anti money laundering (AML). Awarded in conjunction with the Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, you can be assured that you are studying for a worthwhile qualification that is the benchmark of excellence.

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ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance

Course level : Expert

This executive programme has been designed to sharpen the strategic skills of senior practitioners and those aspiring to hold the highest compliance position within a firm. This course has helped hundreds of senior compliance professionals from over 50 countries unlock career growth opportunities.

  • Demonstrate the highest level of specialist knowledge and skills in your field
  • Drive your personal leadership ambitions
  • Develop new ideas, explore cutting-edge best practice and gain a global perspective
  • Become automatically eligible for Fellowship of the International Compliance Association (the highest grade of membership)

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




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.

  • Standards, Research and Assessment
  • Building and leading an effective governance, risk & compliance (GRC) team
  • Strategic risk management for leaders
  • Behavioural Compliance 
  • Current and emerging regulatory ‘hot topics’
  • Leading Change in GRC
  • Using corporate governance requirements for the benefit of the firm
  • The impact of technology in GRC
  • Combating financial crime 
  • This is a 9-12 month course assessed by a Reflective Journal consisting of eight masterclass commentaries (1,000 to 1,500 words) and a 2 to 3 hour competency-based interview.
  • All course materials are delivered via our online learning platform
  • There are two residential weekends to attend in the world renowned city of Oxford. Overnight accommodation and meals are provided including private dinners.
  • We recommend that you study six to eight hours per week.

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

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

This programme is designed to establish a gold  standard of the most senior practitioners working within regulatory compliance roles and engage with aspirants for such positions. Suitable applicants would operate at the most senior level including: Global Heads/Directors of Compliance, Directors/Non-executive Directors, Chief Risk Officer Head of Risk, Head of Group Compliance, Head of Compliance, lawyers, accountants and auditors in senior roles and other individuals operating at a significant level within the sphere of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) as a significant aspect of their role. Aspirants would be likely to have substantial experience both as practitioners and at a senior level: such as members of a firm’s Senior Management team, Senior Analyst, Senior HR Officer, Senior Risk Officer, Chief Internal Auditor or an equivalent role (i.e. certain types of consultant). Applicants for the programme, therefore, must:

  • hold a (first) degree and be a senior practitioner (i.e. hold a senior management role) with at least three years’ experience in that role or at the equivalent level of seniority; or
  • possess an ICA Diploma and have at least five years’ experience in a related discipline and currently work in a role that includes senior level responsibilities and regular engagement with senior practitioners; or
  • have at least ten years’ experience in a relevant senior management role.

It is normally expected that individuals working at this level will have a first degree. The ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma provides additional surety, certifying the professional standing of individuals as senior practitioners in GRC roles, but can also be used as a platform for attaining higher-level qualifications.

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 studentservices@int-comp.org or by uploading a copy of your documents when you apply online.

The organisation is committed to ensuring within the framework of the law that our programmes are free from unlawful discrimination related to protected characteristics. These protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Our online application form advises applicants that consideration is made for those with specific learning needs and support is available in most circumstances.

Teaching takes place over two condensed residential weekends in the renowned city of Oxford. Overnight accommodation and meals are provided including private dinners. This format is ideal for time-pressed professionals or those travelling from overseas.

  • The production of 8 x 1000-1500 word masterclass commentaries: these are summaries of the key learning points outlined in the masterclasses and its impact on your own practice, which forms the Reflective Journal.
  • A first draft of a commentary will be reviewed by an Examiner and feedback will be provided.
  • A two to three hour competency-based interview, using information describing your career to date and other evidence you wish to submit to map your knowledge, skills and experience against the National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are made up of individual competency units. Each unit describes best practice by bringing together skills, knowledge and values. They are useful tools as:

  • benchmarks for qualifications: 
  • a mechanism for defining roles at work, and
  • enabling staff recruitment, supervision and appraisal.

NOS provide evidence of competence. They are statements of the standards of performance individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace, together with specifications of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for their job role.

One aspect of the assessments carried out by ICA’s examiners for professional postgraduate diploma programmes concerns evaluations of specific competencies selected from a range of NOS units that can be found on this learning platform.

In order to study any ICA course you will need to become a member of ICA. If you're not currently a member of the ICA, membership will be added to your basket during checkout. 

The cost of membership for the period of study is £107/€123/US$140 and it will be activated at the same time as your course commences.

Holders of this qualification can apply for the MPhil degrees offered by The University of Manchester Alliance Business School. You may also receive Approved Prior Learning (APL) towards other university master’s degrees where there is overlap in course content.

Our courses are split into Introductory, Specialist, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert levels to ensure our students study topics relevant to their experience and role.

This course is Expert and is designed for experienced practitioners and those in senior roles.

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Course fees (subject to VAT)

GBP 7495

Once you have been accepted onto the course, you can choose to pay either through a one-off payment or through ten monthly installments. 

Payment can be made by credit card, bankers draft/cheque or via a wire transfer (bank details available on request). We are happy to take credit card details over the phone if for security reasons you would prefer not to send them electronically or in the post.

For more information please contact a member of the team on +44(0)121 362 7534

We host our free global briefing sessions throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to find out why studying for an ICA qualification is more important than ever for career progression.

To attend, just register your place online today.


Course dates and prices

NB: In line with recent coronavirus guidance, we are providing virtual classrooms (VC) instead of face-to-face workshops until the end of April 2020 (or until further advised). If you select the face-to-face option below, we will automatically register you for VCs for any workshops taking place before this date.

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