1 The MSc in Corporate Finance provides you with invaluable, up-to-date financial and analytical skills that are relevant to international contexts. MSc in Corporate Finance Online Programme The programme is timely and forward-looking, with an emphasis on emerging issues as they affect financial standards and reporting. Completion of the programme will equip finance professionals with an advanced, academic credential that will help to access opportunities at the higher levels of companies and organisations.
2 2 Programme outline The MSc in Corporate Finance will equip you with a comprehensive suite of financial skills that are recognized and sought after by companies and other organisations around the world. The qualification is delivered via a carefully judged blend of practice, theory and case-based learning. The reporting requirement of the programme is structured around the widely adopted International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Thus you will be introduced to, and gain an in-depth understanding of, the latest standards of accounting analysis and reporting methods as they are applied in a global context. Importantly, the programme focuses on incorporating quantitative skills into many of the modules, enabling such skills to be learned within the discipline of the application. It also introduced the emerging subjects that will dominate corporate finance for the forseeable future. Seven core modules provide a thorough grounding in the field of international, organisational finance. This includes subjects such as Reporting and Analysis and International Corporate Finance. You will then specialise by choosing one elective module in areas such as Risk Management and Entrepreneurial Finance. You will complete your qualification with an original dissertation. Upon graduation you will have a substantial knowledge of corporate finance and capital markets, along with the skills necessary to deploy that knowledge. You will also be familiar with contemporary and salient aspects of international finance such as ethics. In this way, completion of the MSc in Corporate Finance has the potential to make you attractive, at a decision-making level, to employers around the world. Accreditation The University of Liverpool meets or exceeds all academic quality standards for UK higher education, as defined by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the independent body that is responsible for standards in higher education in the UK. For details, see AACSB Accreditation Recognised internationally as the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been awarded to less than 5% of the world s business schools. The University of Liverpool Management School is part of an elite group of institutions to have passed the AASCB quality standards, and be recognised with this highest form of accreditation for both campus and online programmes. In doing so, the school has made a commitment to continuous improvement, and providing a curriculum that is both responsive to the needs of business and delivered in a high quality teaching environment. The accreditation covers all the school s programmes, including the MBA, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and specialist MSc degree studies delivered online in partnership with Laureate Online Education. For more information about AACSB, visit
3 3 Programme structure The programme comprises seven core modules and one elective culminating in a dissertation. The first module will be ten weeks in length. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks. You take one module at a time in order to study a specific subject in-depth without distractions. You will follow one non-credit bearing module (Student Readiness Orientation) that will prepare you for your online learning experience. Dissertation Students refine their dissertation topic in conjunction with their Personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the writing process. Programme duration The programme takes on average 2½ years to complete with a few weeks break in between modules. Should students need to alter their study path due to work or family commitments they can do so in consultation with a Student Support Manager. Core modules Corporate Finance I Corporate Finance II International Financial Reporting and Analysis Financial Markets and Institutions International Corporate Finance Financial Analysis and Valuation Research Methods Elective modules (choose one) Entrepreneurial Finance Risk Management and Ethics
4 4 Core Modules Corporate Finance I Aim: Establish a firm foundation for learning in the area of basic professional practices and concepts in the corporate finance profession. 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 Aim: To build on the knowledge and techniques learned in Corporate Finance I 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 and Reporting Analysis Aim: Introduce the framework, concepts and practices associated with international financial reporting. 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 Aim: To provide an overview of financial markets and institutions, enabling students to understand and critically assess a broad array of economic and financial information. A wide range of relevant topics will be explored, 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
5 5 Core Modules (continued) International Corporate Finance Aim: To deliver an understanding of the organisational structure of international finance from a corporate perspective. You will study a wide variety of related subjects: international trade policy; payment methods; how foreign exchange impacts on an organization; 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 Aim: To deliver an advanced overview of the concepts, theories and practices of business valuation. 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 Aim: To consolidate your knowledge of independent research in finance and accounting. This module is designed to enhance your understanding of the different approaches to research and their application to the fields of accounting and finance. As a student, you should acquire the appropriate knowledge and skills to support your research as part of your dissertation.
6 6 Elective modules Dissertation Entrepreneurial Finance Aim: To introduce the global process of entrepreneurship, and determine how to identify and source entrepreneurial financing and funding. 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 Aim: To explore, from a practical perspective, the tools used in managing the treasury function of an organisation. 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. Please note all modules are not guaranteed to be offered in any calendar year and current scheduling may be subject to change. The culmination of your programme, this written project demonstrates your mastery and integration of all your previous learning. The dissertation is the cornerstone of the UK university system. It is an original, scholarly work that applies your new knowledge and experience and allows you to prove your mastery of the techniques you have studied. Students choose their dissertation topic in conjunction with their Personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the study and writing process.
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