Structure

The online MSc in Corporate Finance programme has seven core modules, one elective module and culminates in a dissertation. The first module takes ten weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Core modules

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Corporate Finance I (10 weeks)

Objectives:

Establish a firm foundation for learning in the area of basic professional practices and concepts in the corporate finance profession.

Description:

You will be introduced to disciplines such as valuation, cost of capital, project/programme valuation and the time value of money. This includes the analysis of financial statements and the benchmarking of company operations; how to value investment projects; how to determine the cost of capital; how to determine the market value of an organisation using market-based ratios; discounting techniques.

Corporate Finance II (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To build on the knowledge and techniques learned in Corporate Finance I.

Description:

This module expands the knowledge and expertise demanded of corporate finance professionals. Subjects covered include: establishing a risk-return adjusted balance sheet through capital structure management; issuing securities such as equity and debt instruments to finance strategies; use of advanced risk mitigation strategies; planning and executing merger and acquisition strategies.

International Financial Reporting and Analysis (8 weeks)

Objectives:

Introduce the framework, concepts and practices associated with international financial reporting.

Description:

This module provides the necessary understanding of financial reporting statements and financial statement analysis to facilitate a grounded understanding of corporate valuation. Particular attention will be paid to IFRS reporting standards and analysis. Other topics such as foreign exchange, cash accounting, ratio analysis and trend analysis are introduced, prior to being developed in later modules.

Financial Markets and Institutions (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To provide an overview of financial markets and institutions, enabling students to understand and critically assess a broad array of economic and financial information.

Description:

A wide range of relevant topics will be explored in this module, including the flow of funds from lenders to borrowers. The role of financial intermediaries, investment banks, and securities firms will be emphasised. Money and capital markets are analysed, and you will investigate foreign exchange markets, floating exchange rate regimes, and the role played by multilateral financial organisations in the global economy.

International Corporate Finance (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To deliver an understanding of the organisational structure of international finance from a corporate perspective.

Description:

You will study a wide variety of related subjects: international trade policy; payment methods; how foreign exchange impacts on an organisation; transfer pricing; sources and use of global funds. You will also gain a practical understanding of how trends in the balance of trade and balance of payments, and the global demand for commodities, affect organisations linked by the global economy.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To deliver an advanced overview of the concepts, theories and practices of business valuation.

Description:

This module will develop your ability to successfully engage in this important aspect of the business world. You will be exposed to various valuation approaches: company information gathering methods; economic and industry analysis; and financial statement analysis. You will learn how to determine credit worthiness and predict financial distress, and you will integrate value, strategy and economic climate to determine the appropriateness of merger and acquisition strategies.

Research Methods (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To provide students with appropriate knowledge and skills to support their research in their subsequent Dissertation.

Description:

This module aims to consolidate your knowledge of independent research techniques in management. Designed to enhance your understanding of different approaches to research within the domain of management, you’ll explore the distinction between primary and secondary information and develop a critical awareness of research methods relating to both quantitative and qualitative data.

Elective modules

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This programme allows you to choose 1 elective

Entrepreneurial Finance (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To introduce the global process of entrepreneurship, and determine how to identify and source entrepreneurial financing and funding.

Description:

Through this case-based module you will discover how financial tools and techniques are extended to match the risk, innovation, and change-rich environment of the entrepreneur. You will also expand your finance management repertoire to include an understanding of how non-traditional sources of financing can be raised and directed to meet an entrepreneurial firm’s growth and operational needs. The context is global and cases show how to assess which countries represent the best places to start a business, how to adapt locally, and how to execute for success.

Risk Management and Ethics (8 weeks)

Objectives:

To explore, from a practical perspective, the tools used in managing the treasury function of an organisation.

Description:

This module studies the instruments necessary to finance an organisation, including banks as well as the money and capital markets. This will involve topics such as risk mitigation techniques, payment methods, data transfer, and working capital management methods. You will learn how to determine a proper capital structure, manage the costs of long-term capital, and quantitatively evaluate capital resource investments.

Dissertation

Students refine their dissertation topic in conjunction with their Personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the writing process.

Please note that current scheduling may be subject to change and that we cannot guarantee that all modules will be offered in every calendar year.

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