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 is desirable.

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

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

  • You will receive a grounding in finance and governance and will also 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.

Programme structure

You will take three core and 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

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

Optional courses may include

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

Career prospects

The central role of accounting and finance in today’s society makes our postgraduate degrees a sound basis for many stimulating and prestigious career opportunities and our graduates are in demand. 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. Companies which have employed our graduates include Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coca Cola, and the United Nations.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Adam Smith Business School