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

The next intake for this course will begin on 7 December 2020.

This leadership programme has been designed to enhance the strategic skills of senior managers and those aspiring to hold the highest compliance positions within an organisation. This course has already helped hundreds of senior compliance professionals from over 50 countries unlock their leadership potential and improve their career growth opportunities.

  • Demonstrate the highest level of specialist knowledge in your field
  • Drive your personal leadership ambitions and sharpen your strategic approach
  • Develop new ideas, explore innovative best practice and gain a global perspective on future developments
  • Grow your professional network of like-minded, senior professionals 
  • 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 next intake for this online course begins in December 2020 so hurry to secure your place.




This is an executive-level programme suitable for:

  • 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

Admission is strictly selective. In order to be eligible, you must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • 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;


  • hold 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


  • have at least ten years’ experience in a relevant senior management role.

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.

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 a world class compliance team
  • Strategic risk management for leaders
  • The search for an ethical corporate culture
  • Regulatory risk identification and hot topics
  • The impact of technology on governance, risk and compliance
  • Changing expectations: governance, conduct and outcomes
  • Leading change in compliance
  • Financial crime risk identification and hot topics

This option will be available again in 2021. If you are interested in registering your interest for this option instead of the online programme, please email us at studentservices@int-comp.org

  • 9 to 12-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 covering the topics above
  • Seven 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.

Download course timetable for the next intake here 

Holders of this qualification can apply for Master of Science Online postgraduate degree offered by the University of Law  as well as for 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.

Course fees 

Online format £7495
Residential format £7995

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, if 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).

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

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