Not available in 2024/25
FM479      Half Unit
Principles of Corporate Finance for MSc Law and Finance

This information is for the 2024/25 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Daniel Ferreira

This course will first be available during the 2025/26 academic session.


This course is available on the MSc in Law and Finance only. Students on any other programme are not permitted to take this course.


Students must be taking both Corporate Finance: Law (LL4FA) and Financial Markets (FM473A) as co-requisites for Principles of Corporate Finance.

Course content

This course is a self-contained introduction to finance and it covers roughly the same topics as FM431 and FM474. 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 theoretical concepts such as valuation 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 markets, the course focuses on corporate finance and business valuation. Topics such as mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings will also be covered.


30 hours of lectures in the AT.

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, totalling 30 hours across the Autumn Term. 

Formative coursework

There will be some formative assignments distributed during the term.

Indicative reading

Berk and DeMarzo, Corporate Finance, ed. Pearson


Continuous assessment (100%) in the AT.

Key facts

Department: Finance

Total students 2023/24: Unavailable

Average class size 2023/24: Unavailable

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness