FM475      Half Unit
Financial Management

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Daniel Ferreira


This course is compulsory on the Executive Global MSc Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

The information in this course guide pertains to the 2015-2017 cohort.

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive overview of firms' financial decision making. The course is designed to provide an applied and practical approach to finance, enabling the students to address topical issues that modern corporations face.  In particular, the course builds on concepts in business strategy, valuation techniques, and capital structure theories, and applies those tools in a systematic and rigorous way to real-life financial management problems. After a brief introduction to financial management, the course focuses on corporate finance and business valuation. Topics such as mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings will also be covered.


Taught during module three - 10 interactive lectures of 3 hours each:

1. Introduction to financial management

2. Debt and equity

3. Capital structure – Case discussion

4. Tax shields – Case discussion

5. Valuation - Discounted Cash Flow techniques

6. Capital markets and the pricing of risk

7. Valuation – Practical aspects

8. Sensitivity analysis – Case discussion

9. Mergers and Acquisitions

10. Initial public offerings

Formative coursework

Feedback on class participation.

Indicative reading

The recommended textbook for this course is Higgins, Analysis for Financial Management, 9th Edition and a pack of business case studies.


Class participation (15%).

Assessed 1,500 word group essay (20%).

Take home individual project (65%).

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills