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What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

University of Lincoln

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,200.00 (US$ 22,289) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected October 2021


Lincoln (Main Site)

Brayford Pool,



LN6 7TS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry requirements for postgraduate (master degree) programmes vary by course although applicants must successfully complete a US Bachelor degree from a recognised institution with a minimum GPA of 2.8 (some courses may require a GPA of 3.2). Some of our postgraduate programmes, the major / content of your undergraduate degree will be taken into consideration. Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each band score). Some courses require a higher IELTS score.

For international students

Students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply to be considered for the programme on an individual basis (subject to approval by the programme leader, if necessary followed by an interview). The programme 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. 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. TOEFL IBT with overall score of 79.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Lincoln

The university provides a memorable student experience, with over GBP300 million invested since 2001 to create a modern, student-centred environment.

  • Top 20 UK Uni for student experience and satisfaction
  • Diverse range of courses for students to choose from
  • Multicultural community of students from 135 countries
  • Located in the heart of the historic city of Lincoln