Corporate Governance - Accounting and Finance, Master Programme (one year)

60 credits

Does ownership structure and board composition play a role in the performance of a company? What significance does audit and regulation have for investment incentives? These types of questions are studied within the multidisciplinary field of corporate governance.

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By studying the 1-year master programme Corporate Governance – Accounting and Finance, you will become both a generalist and a specialist. For one, you will acquire a broad knowledge on how different institutions and processes like, for instance, accounting/audit, capital markets and regulation, create the overall framework for how businesses are managed. During your studies, you will gain insight into financial economics and law as well as strategy, corporate governance and accounting. You will also get the opportunity to acquire more in-depth knowledge on one aspect of the corporate governance system. In addition to subject skills, the programme puts a lot of focus on the practice of generic skills, such as individual writing of reports, oral presentation, applied research methods, and reasoning technique.

The first semester starts with an overview of what corporate governance is and the variation found internationally in the system for corporate governance. After that, you will get more in-depth knowledge concerning how the different parts of the corporate governance system – owners/capital market, board, analysts, media, audit, regulation/standardisation, risk management – affect companies. The semester is concluded with subject integration.

During the second semester of the programme, you will start with eligible in-depth courses with focus on topics like the role of the company in society, CSR, financial institutions and markets, and the history of ideas in accounting. In the final stage of the programme, you will write a master thesis where you will be given the opportunity to carry out a research project of your choice within the field of subject.

The programme is primarily aimed at those with an educational background within financial accounting and/or financial economics. It can also suit those with a background within business administration or economics with other specialisation, but the basic principles of accounting and financial economics will not be taught on the programme.


Students with a background in accounting often start working in the accounting profession, while others start working at finance departments. Students with background in financial economy more often end up working in the finance industry as, for instance, adviser at a bank, consultant within corporate finance, or company analyst. Several students have become specialists on corporate governance and work as advisers to investors at institutions and within the field of compliance, which is a growing field at larger listed companies. The programme also prepares you for third-cycle studies within the field.


Master of Science (60 credits) or Master of Science (60 credits) in Business and Economics with specialisation in Corporate Governance (Main field of study: Business Administration)

International opportunities

The language of tuition is English. In this way, you will become prepared not only for a career in Sweden, but also for a career in international contexts. The programme admits students from all over the world, which means that you will get international and multicultural experience throughout the programme.

Johan is a partner at AIF Management

Johan Björkholm

During his studies, Johan Björkholm had a trainee position at a fund company where he worked both with asset management and back office. Today, he has progressed in his career and works as a partner at AIF Management. He mainly works with issues concerning alternative investment funds.


Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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