The Masters in Corporate Finance will give you a thorough understanding of the rapidly changing financial market conditions around the world. The programme offers a rigorous treatment of finance theory with emphasis in corporate finance and corporate governance practises.
You will become equipped with a knowledge of the econometric techniques needed to understand the world of corporate finance, as well as undertake independent empirical research on the subject.
The optional modules allow you to widen your perspective on the subject matter and tailor the programme to your career aspirations and interests.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Compulsory modules for Semester 1:
Compulsory modules for Semester 2:
Optional modules for Semester 2:
The programme aims to provide a high quality education that is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of future corporate finance professionals in the financial sector or any other large corporations and the academia.
It provides theoretical framework and practical skills that finance professionals working in corporations and financial institutions need in order to cope with an increasingly complex and global financial environment.
It also provides a valuable foundation for those considering continuing their academic studies in the field of applied finance leading to a PhD level.
The programme provides the students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.
The compulsory modules aim to provide not only a rigorous treatment of the relevant theory, but also the quantitative techniques necessary to understand the literature and undertake empirical investigations in the areas of corporate finance.
The optional modules aim to offer students a broader perspective on the subject matter and allow them to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them.
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
This highly specialised degree is designed to provide a practical understanding of a wide range of corporate finance services and corporate transactions. Both, corporate financial management and investment banking is at the core of the programme which is highly regarded in the City of London.
Through hands-on sessions and extensive use of case-studies and financial analysis simulations, participants will be fascinated by the exciting world of venture capital, private equity, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. You will specialise in corporate investment and capital budgeting decisions, IPOs, payout policy, capital structure, enterprise valuation, financial analysis and risk management. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of financial markets, securities trading and quantitative techniques, and be able to further specialise on a wide range of additional elective topics.
MSc Corporate Finance graduates have the advantage of exemption from the Corporate Investment exam of its CFC qualification.
October – December: Part 1 Autumn Term
January: Part 1 Exams
January-April: Part 2 Spring Term
May – June: Part 2 Exams
June – August (12 month programme only): Part 3
August/Sep (12 month programme only): Part 3 Coursework deadlines
Part 1 compulsory modules
Part 2 compulsory modules
Part 2 optional modules
Students on the 9-month (12-month) programme can select 80 (60) credits of electives from the following list
A minimum of 40 of those credits must be chosen from the following:
Part 3 optional modules
Students on the 12-months programme should take 20 credits from the following:
Full-time: 9 months Full-time: 12 months
Students will be resident and undertake full-time study in the UK. Under both, the 9 and 12-month programmes students take compulsory and/or elective modules in Part 2.
The 12 month option involves taking an elective 20 credit module between July and August, which would also mean a 20 credit reduction in the number of taught modules taken in the spring term.
There is a demand for professionals who combine an understanding of the financial markets with knowledge of the financial decisions facing companies in their day-to-day operations. Such professionals also need a clear insight into related fields including accounting, risk management, capital budgeting, debt and equity finance, financial planning, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions.
As a MSc Corporate Finance graduate, you will be well equipped to join careers in investment banks in the City of London and other international financial centres, professional services firms, including management consultancies and accountancy practices, and small, entrepreneurial ventures where an in-depth knowledge of finance will be of direct benefit to the owner/managers seeking to build their business.
The ICMA Centre is a Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Centre of Excellence. Centres of Excellence are a select group of UK universities, recognised by the CISI as offering leadership in academic education on financial markets. Students who are on a financially-related masters course recognised by the CISI are eligible for exemptions and membership.
ICMA Centre students who register and successfully complete two CISI Diploma in Capital Markets modules (Securities and Bonds & Fixed Interest Markets) are eligible for an exemption from the third module (Financial Markets).
NDRCTC CFC Certificate
Students are eligible for exemption from the Corporate Investment exam. This will apply to graduates from 2011 entry onwards. (The CFC qualification comprises 3 exams: Overview and fundamentals of corporate finance; Corporate investment; Corporate financing)
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
A postgraduate law degree will open many doors for you, not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service.
Graduates from our LLM programmes have gone on to work for a range of national and international law firms, as lawyers and as in-house legal counsel for large multinational companies in the UK and abroad, as well as international organisations and NGOs.
The Master of Science in Control, Audit & Corporate Finance at ESC Clermont in France is a 14 to 18-month master programme taught entirely in English and accredited by the CGE. The programme raises experienced experts with the ability perform financial analysis and reporting, conduct audit missions, assess and control the risk of an activity. Those experts will evaluate corporate performance and put into place the necessary actions to manage and lead the business performance.
Students will be divided into diverse groups carrying out an audit project and mission in a local French company while mentored by professors and members of the company to gain valuable hands-on practical experience.
Students are also able to prepare for the CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) exam thanks to a partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), organization of the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) in our Campus.
Classes last from October to May, followed by an internship of a minimum of 4 months along with an executive report.
Students can obtain a dual-degree MSc. in Finance from ISCTE University in Portugal by spending an extra semester there.
Young graduates and professionals who want to obtain strong technical knowledge, expertise and practical experience in the domains of Finance, Auditing and Risk Control.
Internship and Thesis
Each student of the Control, Audit & Corporate Finance Programme will do an internship or a job placement of a minimum of 4 months in France, Europe or any other location abroad.
The internship aims permits the students to bring the knowledge, expertise and tools learned in the classes into practice and obtain further professional experience.
Each student is individually supervised by a designated advisor and completes a professional thesis, followed by an oral defense and company assessment.
Companies that welcomed our students:
Various flexible payment plans and scholarships are offered to international students.
On ‘Finance and Control Side
On ‘Audit and Risk Management’ side
With increasing financial regulation, there’s a lot of pressure on corporations to get it right. We take the latest theories and show you how to apply them to the world of corporate finance and investment management.
You’ll develop a strong understanding of the internal workings of corporations, institutions, and firms. We’ll help you prepare for the big challenges of the financial world, with modules in investment management, risk management, and financial statements and valuation analysis.
Whether you’re just starting your career, or you’re an expert business analyst, we’ll provide an intellectually challenging environment for you to develop your skills.
You’ll develop new research, theory, and analysis skills – as well as the means to apply these to the working world.
The course will provide you with cutting-edge theories in corporate finance and investment management – as well as the knowledge of how to apply them. You’ll learn about the industry in real depth, from the philosophies behind a social science study of business decisions, to the relationship between corporations and their external macroeconomic environment.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Throughout the degree students are assessed by a variety of methods, which include written examinations, coursework and individual or group projects and presentations for the taught modules. The dissertation submitted in September each year is worth 60 credits. Assignment feedback is provided within four working weeks of submission.
This course gives you the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical applications of modern finance theories in the financial world.
You will learn from specialist staff with expertise in accounting, finance, economics and management. On completion of your course you will be able to apply your skills in areas including valuation, investment and financial decision-making, risk management and derivatives, financial instruments and markets, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring in developed and emerging markets.
You will also be able to make key financial and strategic decisions in the daily operations of any organisation. These qualities are highly prized by international corporations.
The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year.
This course has been designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical applications of modern finance theories in the financial world. Specifically the course will:
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
The course is currently delivered in four blocks of three-day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.
From September 2017, this delivery format will change. Students will continue to study a single module for a 6 week period. Face to face teaching will be delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through Blackboard. Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.
Recent Salford Business School graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.
Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.
All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities. MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors. It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.