M.Sc. Corporate Strategy and Governance

Nottingham University Business School

Application deadline: The closing date for applications is normally the last working day of July each year; however an early application is advisable as places are limited.
Tuition fee:
  • £ 10,000 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 17,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits: 180
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Unique to Nottingham University Business School, this is the only MSc of its kind to combine two key interdependent topics - strategy and governance.

If you are interested in a career in areas such as venture capital, management consultancy, investment banking, and financial services management this course will suit you. Combined with any relevant experience you already have, the degree could allow you to take on a leading consulting role or a position of responsibility in various sectors.

Corporate strategy is concerned with how organisations develop, grow and restructure, for example by management buy-outs. Corporate governance is closely related to strategy, it is concerned with who controls a company, the relationship between owners and managers, who takes responsibility for decisions, and executive remuneration levels.

In almost every country with an active stock market, there is increasing concern over corporate governance and pressure for reform. Measures that could be taken include improving financial disclosure and getting a better balance of power in the boardroom by separating the jobs of chair of the board and chief executive.

In this programme, you will be exposed to leading experts in industry who will share insights from their own experience and help you to more effectively blend theory with practice. The course offers interactive learning through cases, exercises, and/or the use of simulations. You will develop a deeper understanding of the various theories and frameworks that are central to the programme.

Career Progression

Previous graduates have entered a variety of careers such as Accountancy, Asset Management, Consulting, Investment Banking, Operations Management, Project Management, Risk and Tax. Some graduates have also gone into self-employment. In general, this degree should open opportunities in the field of management consulting, investment banking, and the financial services industry.


Students must select 180 credits in total.

Semester 1

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Managerial Economics

Choose one module from:

  • Further Quantitative Research Methods
  • Further Qualitative Research Methods

Choose one module from:

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Corporate Financial Strategy

Semester 2

Core Modules

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Strategy

Choose a minimum of one module and a maximum of two modules from this group subject to meeting any pre-requisites*:

  • Corporate Risk
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Security Valuation
  • Industrial Economics
  • Industrial Economics and Organisation (New for 2012/13)
  • Innovation and Policy
  • International Finance
  • International Strategy
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing Communications
  • Product-Market Strategies
  • Quantitative Risk Management
  • The Economics of Innovation
  • Venture Capital, Corporate Restructuring and Entrepreneurship

Choose no more than one further module from the list of Business School MSc optional modules, subject to meeting any pre-requisites and timetabling constraints.


Corp Strat & Govern Dissertation

Module Convenor: Rajesh Kumar

Module Aims:
Develop ability to undertake independent research in the area of corporate strategy and governance either in the context of academic research or consultancy.

Module Assessment:
20,000 Word Dissertation (100%)


To gain a place on our MSc programmes, you will need to meet our general as well as course-specific admission requirements.

Our general requirements cover English language and academic requirements:

General academic requirements

The academic requirement for each programme is normally a first or an upper second class honours degree from a UK university or an overseas equivalent.

Course-specific requirements

For some programmes, you will need to have studied or be studying for a degree in a subject appropriate to the programme you have chosen:

MSc in Corporate Strategy and Governance - Management, economics or business studies

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we may require evidence of your competence in English. Please see our guidance for information about exemptions. If evidence of competence is required we will accept:

  • An IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the four elements of the test.

Or any one of the following two options:

  • A TOEFL score of at least 600, with a TWE score of 4.5.
  • An Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 100, with a minimum score in the individual elements of the test: 19 in writing; 19 in listening; 19 in reading and 20 in speaking.

IELTS is administered through British Council offices in many countries. For information about your local test centre contact the British Council in your own country.

Information is available at: www.ielts.org or telephone the UK helpline on +44 161 9577755. Please note that you should apply to do the 'Academic' version of the test.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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