Not available in 2017/18
FM304      Half Unit
Applied Corporate Finance

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Vicente Cunat


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Finance. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.


Students must have completed Principles of Finance (FM212).

Course content

This course will illustrate and extend the topics covered in “Principles of Corporate Finance” with a range of case studies. The course focuses on core concepts in corporate finance, that can be divided into two main topics. The first topic is capital structure. It covers issues such as how do firms choose how much debt and equity to keep in their balance sheets and the process of issuing them. The second topic are corporate deals that re-shape the financial structure of a company such as mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, initial public offerings or debt restructuring. The teaching of both topics will be covered using a combination of lectures and case studies with a very applied approach.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of lectures in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 10 problem sets in the LT.

Indicative reading

A course pack will be distributed that includes case studies as well as additional readings such as textbook chapters, and practitioner articles.


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

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Capped 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness