University of Glasgow: Corporate Governance and Accountability MSc

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Adam Smith Business School View department profile
Telephone 0141 330 5061
Study type Taught


Corporate Governance & Accountability will give you a theoretical and practical understanding of corporate governance and accountability, together with an international perspective on some of the most important issues facing global business and society today.

Academic contact: Admissions enquiries: September start MSc: 12 months full-time


  • Good corporate governance promotes fairness in the economy and is essential in modern society. This programme will teach you about the main principles of finance and governance, the relationship between state, society and business and also aspects of business law, management and ethics.

  • You will gain a detailed understanding of why corporate governance has become important, what the challenges are to enforce it and how it has changed over time.

  • You will develop a good understanding of best practice in accounting and by the end of the programme have an ability to critically challenge accounting practices through a case study approach.

  • Your studies will balance theory, research and business related examples to enable you to develop analytical skills needed for the effective management of governance and accountability in complex environments.

  • You will learn how to manage and control the risks involved in organisations.

  • Classes on key courses are small, to facilitate an interactive learning environment.

  • This programme will be of interest if you are considering a career in the ethical or compliance functions of businesses, such as those in internal audit and the compliance and assurance service sector, including relevant management consultancy. It will also be of interest to non-financial managers who find themselves taking on compliance roles.

Adam Smith Business School is triple accredited


You will take three core and three optional courses and write a dissertation on an accounting and governance related theme.

Core courses - Dissertation & research methods

  • 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

  • Issues in international taxation

  • Public sector financial management

  • Responsible banking and development finance

  • Social and environmental accounting.

Programme alteration or discontinuation The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

CAREER PROSPECTS Upon completing the programme, you will have a competitive edge when looking for roles in the financial sector relating to corporate governance, general management, compliance, auditing and risk management. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.

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Adam Smith Business School



The University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School has the triple crown of accreditation and is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, evidence of our credibility and performance worldwide. In 2019, the School was also recognised by the Athena Swan Charter, achieving a Bronze Award for gender equality. In 2020, the Adam Smith Business School became an advanced signatory of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME). This signals our commitment to promote sustainability and responsible management in our teaching, research and practice.

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