Corporate Governance & Accountability will give you a theoretical and practical understanding of corporate governance and accountability, together with an international perspective on some of the most important issues facing global business and society today.

Why this programme?

  • Good corporate governance promotes fairness in the economy and is essential in modern society. This programme will teach you about the main principles of finance and governance, the relationship between state, society and business and also aspects of business law, management and ethics.
  • You will gain a detailed understanding of why corporate governance has become important, what the challenges are to enforce it and how it has changed over time.
  • You will develop a good understanding of best practice in accounting and by the end of the programme have an ability to critically challenge accounting practices through a case study approach.
  • Your studies will balance theory, research and business related examples to enable you to develop analytical skills needed for the effective management of governance and accountability in complex environments.
  • You will learn how to manage and control the risks involved in organisations.
  • Classes on key courses are small, to facilitate an interactive learning environment.
  • This programme will be of interest if you are considering a career in the ethical or compliance functions of businesses, such as those in internal audit and the compliance and assurance service sector, including relevant management consultancy. It will also be of interest to non-financial managers who find themselves taking on compliance roles.
  • Take advantage of our individualised skills development programme, which will ensure you balance academic theory with crucial employability skills to help you maximise your potential and achieve your career goals.

Programme structure

You will take three core and three optional courses and write a dissertation on an accounting and governance related theme.

Core courses

  • Dissertation and research methods
  • Foundations of international corporate finance
  • International corporate governance & accountability
  • Management accounting and control

Optional courses

  • Accounting & business ethics
  • Audit, risk and control
  • Financial analysis and equity valuation
  • Financial regulation and ethics
  • Governing risk and uncertainty
  • Issues in international corporate taxation
  • Public sector financial management
  • Social and environmental accounting

Career prospects

Upon completing the programme, you will have a competitive edge when looking for roles in the financial sector relating to corporate governance, general management, compliance, auditing and risk management.

We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.

Fees funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24:


  • Uk - Full-time fee: £13,650
  • International EU - Full-time fee: £25,980

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in any subject, however some prior studies in the area of accounting and finance is desirable.

Only applications that meet or exceed our stated entry requirements will go forward for consideration. Any application that does not will be automatically rejected. Applicants will be made offers based on their relative performance compared to other applicants, taking into account both current GPA, or degree classification, and the relevance of an applicant’s academic background.

Please note, applications that meet our minimum entry requirements may still be rejected, based on its score in comparison to other applications received during the same round. Please review our stated entry requirements to ensure you meet or exceed them before submitting your application.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.