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Course content

This programme will give you an international perspective on some of the most fundamentally important issues facing global business and society today and a theoretical and practical understanding of the fast-changing fields of governance and accountability.

Why this programme

◾While you will receive a grounding in finance and governance in the first part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to specialise in law, management, ethics or engage in further studies in accountancy or finance.
◾Your studies will balance critical engagement with theory and research, knowledge and understanding of techniques, and the development of the analytic skills needed for the effective management of governance and accountability in complex environments.
◾This programme will be of interest if you are considering a career in the ethical or compliance functions of businesses. It will also be of interest to non-financial managers who find themselves taking on compliance roles.
◾On completing the programme, you will have a competitive edge in the job market when looking for roles in financial services businesses, or (for existing business executives) governance positions at higher levels of the business.

Programme structure

This programme offers a strong financial theme in the first semester, but allows students the chance of specialisation through further studies in finance, management or law. Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will take three core courses, three optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of dissertation, on an accounting-related theme, which gives you the flexibility to specialise based on your chosen area of interest.

Core courses
◾Management accounting and control
◾Foundations of international corporate finance
◾International corporate governance and accountability.

Optional courses
◾Audit, risk and control
◾Accounting & business ethics
◾Governing risk & uncertainty
◾Human rights and business
◾Responsible banking and development finance
◾Social accounting, reporting and finance.

Career prospects

The central role of accounting and finance in today’s society makes our postgraduate degrees a sound basis for many stimulating and prestigious career opportunities and our graduates are in demand. On completing the programme, you will have a competitive edge in the job market when looking for roles in financial services businesses, or (for existing business executives) governance positions at higher levels of the business. Companies which have employed our graduates include Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Coca Cola, and the United Nations.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

Visit the Corporate Governance & Accountability - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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