Taught course

Corporate Governance & Accountability

University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School

Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in any subject, however some prior studies in the area of Accounting and Finance would be desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will give you an international perspective on some of the most fundamentally important issues facing global business and society today and a theoretical and practical understanding of the fast-changing fields of governance and accountability.

Why Glasgow

    • While you will receive a grounding in finance and governance in the first part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to specialise in law, management, ethics or engage in further studies in accountancy or finance.
    • Your studies will balance critical engagement with theory and research, knowledge and understanding of techniques, and the development of the analytic skills needed for the effective management of governance and accountability in complex environments.
    • This programme will be of interest if you are considering a career in the ethical or compliance functions of businesses. It will also be of interest to non-financial managers who find themselves taking on compliance roles.
    • On completing the programme, you will have a competitive edge in the job market when looking for roles in financial services businesses, or (for existing business executives) governance positions at higher levels of the business

Programme Structure

This programme offers a strong financial theme in the first semester, but allows students the chance of specialisation through further studies in finance, management or law. Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will take three core courses, three optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of dissertation, on an accounting-related theme, which gives you the flexibility to specialise based on your chosen area of interest.

Core courses

  • Management accounting and control
  • Foundations of international corporate finance
  • International corporate governance and accountability.

Optional courses

  • Audit, risk and control
  • Accounting & business ethics
  • Governing risk & uncertainty
  • Human rights and business
  • Responsible banking and development finance
  • Social accounting, reporting and finance.

Resources and Facilities

Accounting and Finance boasts three new computer laboratories. All computers have access to the accounting software Sage Accounts, statistical software such as SPSS and Minitab, bibliography software such as EndNote, qualitative research software such as NVivo, and online data sources such as Company Analysis.

We also have a unique resource in the Wards Research Library, funded by trust from the estate of James Cusator Wards, one of our first graduating BAcc students. This specialist reference only library provides access to a wide range of research material for staff, doctoral, postgraduate and honours students, and subscribes to over 100 accounting and finance related journals. The Wards fund also enables us to run the Wards Seminar Series, a regular series of research seminars by members of staff and guests from other institutions.

Students also have access to The Adam Smith Library, a dedicated resource designed for students studying Social Sciences disciplines.

Our International Student Learning Officer for the College of Social Sciences runs a series of classes for international students on topics such as academic writing and also provides information for international students online.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Adam Smith Business School