Typical compulsory course units and optional course units may include: Essentials of Finance; Data Analysis for Business Economics; International Macroeconomics and Global Capital Markets; Foundations of Finance Theory; Portfolio Investment; Derivative Securities; International Trade: Theory and Policy; Foreign Competition, Industrial Performance and Economic Growth; Corporate Governance and Financial Reputation; Corporate Finance;The Analysis of Business Structures; Financial Econometrics; Financial Statement Analysis; Research Methods and Methodology in Finance; International Mergers and Acquisitions; International Finance; Real Options in Corporate Finance and Business and Government.
All taught course units are 15 credits.
- Essentials of Finance
This course unit provides the basic theoretical foundations of theories of asset pricing. The
course focuses on the structure of the main theories of asset pricing that are most used in
empirical and applied finance, such as Portfolio Theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model and
Arbitrage Pricing Theory, as well as providing an understanding of the formal construction of
- Data Analysis for Business Economics
The aim of the course unit is to give an introduction to econometric methods, in particular to
linear regression as the major statistical cornerstone of econometric work.
- International Macroeconomics and Global Capital Markets
This course unit examines major issues in the macroeconomic relations between countries.
These include: evidence of globalisation in capital markets from parity conditions; the intertemporal
approach to current account dynamics; the fundamental determinants of the real
exchange rate; the sustainability of current account deficits, with special reference to the US
experience; capital account liberalisation; alternative measures of international capital
mobility, and the Feldstein-Horioka puzzle; economic growth, theory and policy.
One course unit from:
- Foundations of Finance Theory
This course unit provides a foundation in the most important models in finance: general noarbitrage
relationships (forward parity, put-call parity, MM theorem, the law of one price),
stock valuation models (APT, CAPM, TSP) and option pricing models.
- Portfolio Investment
This course unit provides an advanced coverage of the principles of investment analysis and
of a wide range of topics in portfolio management. It aims to bring state-of-the-art practices in
the finance industry to the classroom and supplement it with theories and recent empirical
findings in the area.
- Derivative Securities
This course unit covers the valuation and application of financial derivatives instruments, and
the use of no-arbitrage arguments and risk neutral valuation for the relative pricing of financial
- International Trade: Theory and Policy
The course unit aims to present a thorough review of the economics and politics of
international trade and investment and to impart skills to critically investigate, analyse and
interpret economic data relating to current world trade events.
- Foreign Competition, Industrial Performance and Economic Growth
This course unit analyses theoretical and empirical developments in the interactions between
multinational enterprises and the factors affecting industrial competitiveness and economic
performance at the level of individual countries.
- Corporate Governance and Financial Reputation
This course unit introduces an overview of key topics in corporate governances, for example:
economic history and competing economic models, Anglo-American versus Continental;
ownership and institutional structures; CEO remuneration, internal and external corporate
mechanism. The other half of the module provides practices of financial reporting and
fundamentals, analysis of corporate governance reports and their relationships with
accounting and auditing.
- Corporate Finance
This course unit covers theoretical and empirical aspects of corporate financing, capital
structure and dividend policy, and more advanced topics in agency theory, signalling,
incomplete contracting, incomplete information games, corporate control and governance,
and executive compensation.
- The Analysis of Business Structures
This course unit introduces you to the main ideas involved in the economic analysis of
business organisational structures. It focuses on the economics of organizational architecture.
The course views organizational architecture as consisting of three aspects of corporate
organisation: the assignment of decision rights to individuals and sub-units of the firm; the
systems used to evaluate the performance of individuals and business units, and the methods
of rewarding individuals
This course unit covers OLS, ML and GMM estimation methods, univariate time series
analysis and various topical issues such as ARCH, vector autoregressive models, unit
roots, error correction, co-integration and non-linear time series models.
One course unit from:
- Financial Statement Analysis
This course unit provides an understanding of the role of financial statement information in the
decisions taken by current and prospective stakeholders in a company.
- Research Methods and Methodology in Finance
This course unit introduces you to basic research techniques in finance covering both theory
- International Mergers and Acquisitions
This course unit provides you with a conceptual framework for the understanding of mergers
and acquisitions. Using both economic and financial analysis, the course investigates how the
basic principles arising from an extensive theoretical tradition can give meaning to a raft of
empirical findings about the phenomenon.
- International Finance
This course unit covers developments in international financial markets and theories of
exchange rate determination. In particular, it focuses on theoretical and applied aspects of the
causes of financial/exchange rate crises, the relationship between international capital flows,
investor behaviour (including sentiment) and international asset pricing, and the potential for
international financial market contagion of financial crises.
- Real Options in Corporate Finance
This course unit evaluates strategy and management value in property, power, resources,
R&D, football, dot.coms, telcos, banking and consulting. The course surveys the real options
that practitioners have identified in these industries.
- Business and Government
The purpose of this course unit is to explore the interaction between business and
government; the economic principles underlying government intervention in industries,
markets and firms; the arguments for and against public and private ownership; and the
regulatory framework for monopolistic industries and maintaining competitive structures.
Summer research period
Research dissertation (60 credits)
The dissertation normally consists of a literature survey in an applied or empirical area of
finance or business economics, followed by a piece of empirical work. Half of the students
are supervised on business economics projects by staff in MIBS, and the other half of the
enrolled students are supervised in MAFG on a finance project.