MSc Governance

University of Lincoln
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

MSc Governance

As corporate governance is now an integral part of everyday business, the MSc Governance programe is designed to be relevant and attractive to a wide variety of candidates and job roles across different sectors.

The global financial crisis, corporate scandals and collapses, and public concern over the apparent lack of effective boards have all contributed to an explosion of interest in good governance practices. Lincoln's MSc Governance is structured with a focus on practical application in the business environment and aims to provide students with 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.

With corporations facing more risks and greater potential impacts of their activities on society, the issues of sustainability are more critical than ever. Sustainability is no longer about just risk and compliance, but innovation, opportunity, and how to achieve excellence in both sustainability and financial performance. This programe aims to develop a sound understanding of the processes and oversight that drive the highest standards of leadership, accountability, sustainability reporting, and ethical behaviour in business.

The Business Ethics practical application element on the programe is designed with the support of the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) and aims to develop future business leaders, managers, senior finance officers, accountants, solicitors, or governance professionals who understand and appreciate the importance of going beyond numbers and supporting good ethical business practices to help companies sustain long-term success.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants from all backgrounds are welcome to apply to be considered for the programe on an individual basis (subject to approval by the programe leader, if necessary followed by an interview).

The programe accommodates students with both relevant and non-relevant undergraduate degrees. Previous work experience is not required for the Standard route, 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.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages

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

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. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programe of study.

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 programe.

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 programe to obtain the MSc Governance degree with only taking two or three modules.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Dissertation and Research Design for Finance
  • Financial Analysis, Appraisal and Decision Making
  • Governance
  • Organisational and Board Effectiveness
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Sustainability Reporting and Business Ethics
  • Teams and Leadership

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.



Full Time

  • Home: £9900
  • International: £16800


How You Study

Weekly contact hours on this Program may vary depending on the module options chosen and the stage of study. Hours of study may vary from term to term for both full and part-time students and can be spread throughout the week.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least three to four hours in independent study.

Although a proportion of the contact time will be spent in teaching, emphasis is also placed on the use of the student group as a resource for learning. The style of teaching will vary to reflect individual module objectives. The modules utilise methods of teaching and learning which are appropriate to Master's level study and effective collaborative learning such as debates, presentations, and report writing. There will also be group discussions of practical situations and problems, making extensive use of real-world case studies in national and international contexts, simulation materials, and where relevant, the students' own experiences.

Career paths

MSc Governance is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to compete effectively in the domestic and international labour markets, and support best governance practices within organisations. The Program aims to develop the knowledge, professional, management, and transferable skills that may be useful in a wide variety of job roles in governance, leadership, management, finance, accountancy, strategy, law, secretariat, or administration in the corporate, not-for-profit, and public sectors.

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University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln

Phone no: +44 (0)1522 835 528

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