Entry requirements

Normally a first class or 2:1 honours degree (Law/Accounting/ Finance/Banking). Entry may also be possible with relevant professional qualifications.

We do accept a 2:2 if they have relevant and substantial work experience.

If an applicant doesn’t have an honours degree, we will consider if they have substantial and relevant work experience.

English language requirements

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Months of entry


Course content

The global financial and economic crisis of 2008 has had a huge impact across the world. Financial regulation is now a priority for policymakers and governments. As a result, we're constantly considering the various legal requirements and constraints when making financial decisions and policies.

This course brings together the principals of law, policy and accounting. You'll develop an in-depth understanding of these principles which underpin the financial markets. You'll also gain a unique perspective on the rapidly changing area of regulation.

You'll study a range of compulsory law classes, taught by Strathclyde Law School. You'll also have compulsory finance and accounting classes offered by the Strathclyde Business School.

These classes will cover topics like:

  • international banking law
  • the legal aspects of financial regulation
  • principles of corporate finance
  • accounting for financial analysis

You'll also choose from elective classes which cover topics like:

  • international investment law
  • comparative contract law

In the summer semester, you'll complete a dissertation.

Work experience

We're home to the Strathclyde Law Clinic. The Law Clinic is an opportunity for you to work as a student adviser for real-life clients.

You can apply to work in the Small Business Law Unit (SBLU) within the Law Clinic. It provides pro-bono transactional and dispute resolution legal services to businesses in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

The SBLU will help local business owners and organisations understand their legal responsibilities. It'll also help local business and organisation protect themselves where necessary.

We want to help these businesses succeed. With our help they can:

  • benefit the wider community by creating employment opportunities
  • increase access to services
  • encourage those within the community to further their aspirations

Find out more about the Law Clinic.

Information for international students

Please visit our website for information for: International students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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