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Corporate Finance


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Our Corporate Finance short course will help you gain a thorough understanding of the foundations of modern corporate finance with applications to business decisions. It offers both theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on practical exercises.

We begin by re-examining the basic pricing and valuation principles from the perspective of a firm’s financial manager. We discuss how to evaluate investment projects using the net present value criterion. We then consider investments in a risk-free world and extend our analysis to when risk considerations are necessary.

We then turn our attention to the core concepts of corporate finance and the controversies surrounding the irrelevance of dividend and debt policies. We focus on the principal-agent conflicts that impact a firm’s optimal decisions. We also look at options - financial and real - and finish the course by addressing very specific topics of corporate finance: mergers and acquisitions as well as working capital management.

As part of the course, you will also undertake a ‘Company Challenge’ analysing a company of your choice with the knowledge and skills developed during the course.

Assessment for this course consists of a mid-term test (20%), coursework (10%) and a written examination (70%).

30 credits at level 6

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    To be successful on this course, you should already have a solid knowledge of A-level mathematics, as well as a basic knowledge of the functioning of financial markets.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.