Why this course?

The global financial and economic crisis of 2008 has had a huge impact on the world. Financial regulation is now a priority for policymakers and governments. As a result, we're constantly considering the various legal requirements and constraints when making financial decisions and policies.

This course brings together the principals of law, policy, and accounting. You'll develop an in-depth understanding of these principles which underpin the financial markets. You'll also gain a unique perspective on the rapidly changing area of regulation.

What you'll study

You'll study a range of compulsory law classes, taught by Strathclyde Law School. You'll also have compulsory finance and accounting classes offered by the Strathclyde Business School.

These classes will cover topics like:

  • international banking law
  • the legal aspects of financial regulation
  • principles of corporate finance
  • accounting for financial analysis

You'll also choose from elective classes which cover topics like:

  • international investment law
  • comparative contract law

In the summer semester, you'll complete a dissertation.

Work experience

We're home to the Strathclyde Law Clinic. The Law Clinic is an opportunity for you to work as a student adviser for real-life clients.

You can apply to work in the Small Business Law Unit (SBLU) within the Law Clinic. It provides pro-bono transactional and dispute resolution legal services to businesses in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

The SBLU will help local business owners and organizations understand their legal responsibilities. It'll also help local business and organization protect themselves where necessary.

We want to help these businesses succeed. With our help they can:

  • benefit the wider community by creating employment opportunities
  • increase access to services
  • encourage those within the community to further their aspirations

Entry requirements

Normally a first class or 2:1 honors degree (Law/Accounting/ Finance/Banking). Entry may also be possible with relevant professional qualifications.

We do accept a 2:2 if they have relevant and substantial work experience.

If an applicant doesn’t have an honors degree, we will consider if they have substantial and relevant work experience.

English language requirements

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

Fees & funding


2016/17 - £12,000

Rest of UK

2016/17 - £12,000


2016/17 - £19,000


Increasingly, lawyers and other related professionals are operating in environments that demand an understanding of the financial and accounting principles that underpin how businesses operate.

Studying on this programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills relevant to working or planning a career in banking and finance with an international focus, including international law firms, banks and businesses, and governmental or non-governmental organizations.

Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 semesters
19,000 GBP
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