ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance

International Compliance Association
Course summary
12 months
7,495 GBP excl. VAT
Part time

Course description

ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance

Developed specifically as an advanced programme for senior industry practitioners in the UK, the ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance helps those who are operating at a leadership level within their organisation. The programme helps those with strategic responsibility for the management of key elements in the areas of anti-money laundering, compliance, counter terrorist financing or financial crime prevention.

How and where can you study?

The course takes 9-12 months to complete. It is a blend of self-study, research, attendance at masterclasses and interaction with other like-minded, senior practitioners.

  • Attendance at eight masterclasses
  • Two virtual classrooms
  • Oral assessment

Masterclasses held at residential weekends in Oxford

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

Suitability - Who should attend?

The ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance is a graduate level programme with a practical focus and is designed for those who are:

  • Heads of Compliance, AML and Financial Crime Prevention
  • Money Laundering Reporting Officers
  • Money Laundering Prevention Officers
  • Compliance, AML and Financial Crime Managers and senior staff
  • Senior Risk staff
  • Senior Internal and External Audit staff
  • Company Secretaries
  • Accountants
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Regulatory Representatives
  • Anyone working in the above areas who aspires to be in a leadership role within an organisation

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the programme you should:

  • Be a senior practitioner, e.g. hold a senior management role in AML / Compliance / Audit / Risk / Fraud / Operations or similar division with at least three years relevant experience;
  • Possess an ICA Diploma and five years experience in a financial services or similar discipline and currently work within a job role that requires senior level responsibilities or, where currently not in such a role, you have the potential and experience to do so

Outcome / Qualification etc.


Practitioners who successfully complete the programme will be certificated as follows:

  • ICA Certified Professional designation awarded by the ICA
  • Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance awarded by ICA in association with University of Manchester Business School
  • Fellowship of the ICA (upon application)
  • Designation, ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance: PG Dip (G.R.C.) Fellowship of ICA:FICA [E.g. Angela Watts PG Dip (G.R.C.), Certified Professional; FICA]

National Occupational Standards of Competence

Your performance on the programme will be measured, against the National Occupational Standards of Competence (2011 version) produced originally by the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) and the ICA and revised recently by the Financial Skills Partnership.

The Standards are statements of competence which articulate the requirements for effective performance in the workplace. Competence is defined as a combination of skills as well as knowledge and understanding.

Training Course Content

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 ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance is priced as follows:

Residential Weekend

  • £7495 + VAT if applicable
    (This price includes accommodation & meals)

In order to study any ICA qualification you need to be a member of the ICA, joining an international professional community of thousands of like-minded individuals. The fee for ICA Affiliate Membership is £107 payable to ICA and includes your assessment and access to invaluable knowledge resources that will help with your course as well as many other member benefits and services.

Continuing Studies

Access to Master's Degrees

Holders of this qualification can apply for the MSc in Law, Governance, Risk and Compliance offered by the University of Law (studied via online-distance learning) as well as MPhil degrees offered by Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester. You may also receive Approved Prior Learning (APL) towards other university master’s degrees where there is overlap in course content.

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Based on 3 reviews

I have had the pleasure of receiving three courses from ICT; Diploma AML, Post Grad Diploma Governance Risk and Compliance, Cert Conduct Risk. The administration, support and training materials provided on these courses were second-to-none. Having obtained a number of other professional qualifications from other providers, I can say with obj...
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The ICA professional programme is ideal for working professionals. The modular structure is job specific and can be directly applied to our daily work. I have reaped immediate benefits as the programme contributed to me landing a lead position in a major bank. In short it has achieved all the key features of the competency framework.
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The Masterclass series was the ideal way for a busy Head of AML to keep up to date, become certificated, find out about best practice in other organisations and to network extensively. Highly recommended.
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