FM304      Half Unit
Applied Corporate Finance

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ashwini Agrawal


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 FM213 Principles of Finance

Course content

This course will focus on the applications of key concepts in corporate finance and implicitly extend the topics covered in “Principles of Corporate Finance”. There will be three main topics covered in the course. The first topic is corporate investment. We will consider various methods used by firms to evaluate investment opportunities. The second topic is financing decisions. We will cover how firms finance their operations using debt and equity. The third topic is valuation. We will learn methods used to value companies and specific transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts.  Each topic will be addressed using both theoretical material provided by the professor and weekly case studies with questions and solutions.


30 hours of seminars in the LT.

This course is taught in the interactive lecturing format. There is no distinction between lectures and classes/seminars; there are “sessions” only, and the pedagogical approach in each session is interactive.

Formative coursework

Weekly homework assignments.

Indicative reading

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


Continuous assessment (100%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2021/22: 47

Average class size 2021/22: 47

Capped 2021/22: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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