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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Lincoln (Main Site)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This course 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. 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. 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 risk and compliance, but also about innovation, opportunity, and how to achieve excellence in both sustainability and financial performance. The programme aims to develop a sound understanding of the processes and the oversight which drives the highest standards of leadership, accountability, sustainability reporting and ethical behaviour in business. The Business Ethics practical application element on the programme is designed with support of the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) and aims to develop students as 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 to sustain long-term success.

This programme is fully accredited by the ICSA, the Governance Institute. Students successfully completing the Master's programme can be jointly awarded with Graduate ICSA status. Students with the GradICSA award, who are interested in applying for Chartered ICSA membership, should demonstrate three years of relevant professional experience. Career and Personal Development: The MSc Governance programme is designed to help students develop a set of skills and subject knowledge to compete effectively in the domestic and international labour markets and to support best governance practices within organisations. The programme aims to develop the knowledge, professional, management and transferable skills that give the opportunity to enter employment in a wide variety of job roles in governance, leadership, management, finance, accountancy, strategy, law, secretariat or administration across different sectors including the corporate, not-for-profit and public sectors. The programme may also give the opportunity to set up your own business or to work in practice. International students will be given the opportunity to develop their study skills via additional learning support workshop programme at Lincoln International Business School.

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Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,200per year

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University information

University of Lincoln

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  • Campus address

    University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 7TS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    52nd out of 123 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    114 52%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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