FM475E      Half Unit
Financial Management (modular)

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Amil Dasgupta CON.2.06


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 2021-2023 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 focus 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. 

Module 3 (02 – 14 April 2022)

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.


Essay (20%, 1500 words), project (65%) and class participation (15%).

The essay is an assessed 1,500 word group essay.

The project is a take-home individual project.

Course selection videos

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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