FM475E      Half Unit
Financial Management (modular)

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Amil Dasgupta CON2.06


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

The information in this course guide pertains to the 2019 - 2021 cohort.

Course content

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of financial decision making in corporations. Our approach to finance will be rigorous, but both applied and practical, enabling students to address topical issues faced by modern corporations. In particular, the course will develop concepts in business strategy, valuation techniques, and capital structure theories, applying these tools in a systematic and rigorous way to real-life financial management problems. After a brief introduction to financial analysis and management, the course will focuses on corporate finance and business valuation. Topics such as corporate liquidity management, financial distress, and initial public offerings will also be covered.


The course is taught during Module 3, over ten interactive sessions of three hours each. The teaching approach will intensively intermingle the following four elements:
(i) New conceptual material. This will be taught via interactive lectures.
(ii) Real life business cases applying and extending such conceptual material. These will be explored via interactive classroom discussion sessions.
(iii) Group classroom exercises to reinforce concepts, and
(iv) Discussion of ongoing or recent real world financial events that illustrate key concepts developed in the course via reference to media articles from the Financial Times, The Economist, etc.

Formative coursework

Feedback on class participation.

Indicative reading

The recommended readings for this course consist of Higgins, Koski, and Mitton, Analysis for Financial Management, McGraw-Hill, 12th Edition and several business case studies.


Class participation (15%).
Assessed 1,500 word group essay (20%).
Take home individual project (65%).

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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