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University of Lincoln · Lincoln International Business School

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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.

In addition to the Standard route, the programme allows entry through an Accelerated or Fast Track route providing students the opportunity to be considered for certain exemptions. The entitlement to exemptions will be assessed on an individual basis (e.g. based on professional experience or professional qualifications). Applicants should make it clear in the application if they wish to apply for exemptions. Please note that no exemptions can be granted once a student is enrolled to the programme.

Some indicative details are as follows:

  • Standard route requires completion of all modules.
  • Accelerated route allows qualified accountants, auditors, lawyers, solicitors with up to five years’ professional experience to apply for possible exemptions.
  • Fast track route allows qualified accountants, auditors, lawyers, solicitors with more than five years’ professional experience to apply for possible exemptions.
  • Fast track route allows already qualified Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of the ICSA worldwide to enter the learning programme with only taking the Research Methods and Design module and a Final Project.
  • Fast track route allows company secretaries and other governance professionals to apply for possible exemptions.
  • Applicants with more than five years of managerial and leadership experience can be considered for some exemptions.

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

International Students will require English Language at IELTS band 6.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements.

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for a postgraduate degree course the option of completing a pre-master's programme at the University’s International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Under the new scheme individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,609 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages.

Other Costs

Please note that students will be responsible for paying any professional membership or other administrative fees, if they choose to register with a professional body.

With regards to the partnership between the University of Lincoln and the ICSA, the Governance Institute, students will have the opportunity to register early with the ICSA as a student member, whilst studying for their degree, and they will be responsible for the registration cost. Further details about the scheme, special agreement between the University of Lincoln and the ICSA, will be provided during the induction week and students will need to let the programme leader know if you wish to sign up for this opportunity.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a reading list for each module and you will find that our extensive library holds some of the suggested books or electronic versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, not enough copies are available to all students and you may prefer to purchase your own books and you will be responsible for this cost. Printing may also be required.

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

Nadia Gulko