Summary of student rules for dual award postgraduate degrees

The pathway to membership with the Institute

When you join a university programme which is validated as a dual award with us, you can register as an Institute student and take the first step to becoming an Institute member.

On successful completion of the university programme, you will then be eligible to become a Graduate of the Institute. This means that when you gain enough relevant work experience in this area, you can apply to become a full member, and be a Chartered Secretary.

Becoming a student

Your agreement with the university does not automatically make you a student of the Institute. If you want to go on to become a Graduate when you complete the university programme, you will also need to register as a student with us.

You do this by completing a ‘University student registration form’ and making a registration payment.

Payment process

The student and membership fee is paid in two instalments, at the beginning and end of your university studies.

You need to register with us as a student in your first term / semester and pay the first instalment of £80. This first payment registers you as a student as long as you continue your studies on this programme; you will not need to pay again to renew your student status.

When you successfully complete the programme, you can register as a Graduate of the Institute and pay the second instalment of £290. This will cover your first year of subscription fees as a Graduate.

Institute student status

While you are registered as an Institute student, you can use the term ‘The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland student’ to describe your status. You are not yet a member of us and you cannot describe yourself as a Chartered Secretary.

Professional ethics and conduct

As an Institute student, however, you are a potential future Chartered Secretary and we expect that your professional ethics and conduct will be equal to that of a full member while you are studying. As such, when you agree to the student rules and regulations, you agree to abide by the:

Please read the full student rules and regulations for students on the dual award postgraduate programmes.

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