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This course gives you the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the practical applications of modern finance theories in the financial world. The programme follows the CFA syllabus and complements this with additional skills such as coding, experience in using databases and empirically testing complex financial models.

The programme is highly industry-focussed and culminates in the Industry Collaboration Project

You will choose one of four options to look at a real industry problem and provide researched solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.

In this way, the programme combines a strong academic emphasis with a professional syllabus to enhance your employability. Learning from specialist staff with expertise in accounting, finance, economics and management, you will gain fundamental insights into strategic corporate decision-making within an international context; consider the principles of portfolio analysis and financial instruments selection; understand, apply and critically evaluate the modern equity valuation and the concepts behind financial reporting; understand, apply and critically assess modern corporate governance, modern capital structure theory and its relevance to the structure of the contemporary business environments.

On completion of your course you will be able to make key financial and strategic decisions in the daily operations of any organisation. You will also 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:

  • Develop your ability to manage complex financial situations globally
  • Receive training on the University’s Bloomberg Trading facilities
  • Critically appraise the concepts that underpin corporate financial markets

This course is for you if:

  • You aspire towards a career in international corporate finance
  • You wish to improve your employability
  • You are planning on sitting your CFA exams
  • You have an interest in the world of finance
  • You enjoy putting your learning into practice
  • You are a critical thinker and a problem solver

Course Details

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for six hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six6-week blocks. During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The Industry Collaboration Project (ICP) module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. You will have the opportunity to select between a live project, placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the ICP. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and askUS. askUS can help with pre project/placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Industry Collaboration Project.

Part-time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Industry Collaboration Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

Visit the website for further information on modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, 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.

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays.

Careers

This is an advanced degree in corporate finance and can lead you to a wide range of career opportunities and roles, such as finance director, new business development manager, treasury manager, financial controller, financial planning manager, stock market financial analyst, funds portfolio manager, and global hedge fund manager. It also provides a thorough preparation for academic research in finance and corporate finance.


Visit the International Corporate Finance - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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