Taught course


University of Lincoln · Lincoln International Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants from all backgrounds are welcome to apply to be considered for the programme. The programme is open to those students with both relevant and non-relevant undergraduate degrees. All applicants must be approved on an individual basis by the programme leader (if necessary followed by an interview).

Previous work experience is not required, but students are required to have a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent, and at least grade C in GCSE Mathematics, or its equivalent.

The MSc Governance is designed to appeal to a variety of applicants, including qualified professionals who might be interested in entry through Accelerated or Membership routes and in possible module exemptions based on relevant professional experience or qualifications. Applicants may be considered for partial credit on this degree in accordance with standard procedures of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). The entitlement to exemptions will be assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should make it clear in the application if they wish to apply for module exemptions, supporting their application with evidence. Please note that no exemptions can be granted once a student is enrolled to the programme.

Some indicative details are as follows (assessed on an individual basis):

- Standard route requires completion of all modules and does not require previous work experience or relevant degree.

- Accelerated route allows qualified accountants, auditors, lawyers, solicitors to apply for possible exemptions. Applicants should demonstrate a relevant qualification, significant work experience, and evidence of CPD activities.

- Accelerated route allows other applicants such as directors, governance professionals, secretaries with a relevant qualification or with more than five years relevant experience (i.e. boardroom, governance, secretarial) to apply for possible exemptions.

- Membership route allows Associates and Fellows of CGI UK&I to enter the programme to obtain the MSc Governance degree with only taking two or three modules.

Months of entry


Course content

As Corporate Governance is now an integral part of everyday business life, the MSc Governance programme at Lincoln is designed to be relevant and attractive to a wide variety of candidates and job roles across different sectors.

The programme is structured with a focus on practical application in the business environment and aims to provide students with a strong subject knowledge and the latest thinking in the world of Governance, Sustainability Reporting, Business Ethics, Organisational and Board Effectiveness, Finance, Law, and Strategic Thinking. MSc Governance students at Lincoln have the chance to study for an academic degree alongside a highly marketable governance qualification.

Staff teaching on the programme are normally either professionally qualified accountants, governance practitioners, or research specialists, who aim to encourage students to develop a strong business acumen, critical thinking, management, and transferable skills, by exploring concepts and theories in the context of practical examples and leading-edge academic research.

In addition, students can benefit from external visiting speakers who are experts in their areas from the financial and business world. Speakers will be invited whenever possible to address different topics and share experiences.Students on the MSc Governance programme will have the opportunity to put their skills into practice by taking on a consultancy project as an alternative to the traditional research methods and dissertation.

Information for international students

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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