FM474      Half Unit
Finance II

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Moqi Xu


This course is available on the MSc in Management and MSc in Management (CEMS MIM). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is not open to students on the MSc Accounting and Finance or the MSc Finance and Economics.


Students must have completed Finance I (FM473).

This course cannot be combined with FM430 Corporate Finance and Asset Markets or FM431 Corporate Finance A. 

Course content

Capital structure. Financial options. Real options. Dividend policy and capital structure irrelevance. Signalling with dividends and capital structure. Going public. This is a second course in financial analysis for students with a knowledge of the topics covered in Finance I. The course starts with the determination of the cost of capital for a firm in an efficient market. It then introduces the principles of financial options and shows how puts and calls can be priced. These tools are applied to the valuation of real options, that is, real investments where payoffs are affected by the options available to the firm in how the projects will be operated. After seeing the equivalence between the liabilities of the levered firm and financial options, the problem of capital structure and financial policy are further studied. The course closes with more advanced topics including convertible bonds and the decision of the firm to list its shares on a stock exchange.


30 hours of lectures in the LT.

Formative coursework

Weekly problem sets.

Indicative reading

Brealey, Myers and Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2014/15: 59

Average class size 2014/15: 59

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness