Corporate Finance MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£12,850
International fees:
£21,000
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

Top 10

UK Business School

in national league tables

4th

for Finance and Accounting

The Times and Sunday Times University League 2017

Top 1%

of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation

75%

of research is rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘ internationally excellent’

REF 2014

Overview

Our Corporate Finance MSc programme is aimed at students who wish to prepare for a career in the treasury department of a large company or for the corporate finance team of an investment bank. It would also prepare you for a management consultancy role with a finance focus or an advisory role with an accounting or professional services company.

Corporate finance encompasses diverse topics such as mergers and acquisitions, issuing capital, cash management, corporate payout policy, managing foreign exchange exposure and executive compensation. Our MSc Corporate Finance programme will provide you with tools to evaluate corporate finance issues and to improve financial management practice.

The MSc Corporate Finance is an applied master’s programme that provides students with knowledge and skills to work in corporate finance roles. You will be taught by internationally renowned academics who are able to bring fresh insights into their teaching; both from their research, and their advisory roles on government policy and in industry. Research strengths include Corporate Finance, Accounting, Financial Markets and Corporate Governance. Teaching is academically rigorous and strong emphasis is placed on practical relevance. Our MSc Corporate Finance programme shares a common taught first semester with MSc Finance ,and MSc Finance & Investment before specializing in Corporate Finance in semesters two and three.

Our Trading Room, which incorporates Thomson-Reuters Eikon financial trading software, is integrated into the programme and will provide the platform for many of the computer lab sessions, enabling you to practically apply concepts you have learned during the programme. Currently students have access to the Trading Room in the evenings and at weekends. You can work independently towards a certificate of competency in EIKON which is awarded by Thomson-Reuters.

 

On successful completion of the programme, you should be able to:

  • Appraise the core theories of finance and assess the empirical evidence on these
  • Critically discuss the financing arrangements and governance structures of business entities
  • Evaluate the factors influencing investment behaviour
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of how financial markets operate in different settings
  • Debate the role of finance in society and the wider economy
  • Critically evaluate arguments and evidence related to the practice of treasury management

What makes this programme different?

  • Use of our Trading Room
  • Opportunity to gain a certificate in EIKON
  • Taught by internationally renowned academics
  • Scholarships available for the best candidates

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Corporate Finance programme is ideal for graduates who wish to prepare for a career in the treasury department of a large company, for the corporate finance team of an investment bank; for a management consultancy role with a finance focus; or an advisory role with an accounting or professional services company.

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in business, accounting, maths, physics, engineering, computing, economics or a minor in finance. Clear evidence of quantitative ability is required regardless of degree background.

Applications will also be considered from those who do not meet the previous criteria but who can demonstrate numerical proficiency and have either:

  • an appropriate professional qualification in Finance
  • more than one year of relevant work experience if they have at least a lower second class honours degree (2:2)

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component

The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22

See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each.

What you'll study

Our Corporate Finance MSc programme is designed to provide you with the appropriate tools of analysis to critically evaluate complex corporate financial issues both systematically and creatively, to improve corporate treasury management practice.

Modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

Develop a broad understanding of the core issues in finance including both investments (such as asset pricing and efficient markets hypothesis) and corporate finance (such as capital budgeting and weighted average cost of capital).

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam.

Acquire an overview of the financial system, get a grasp of how the financial markets operate, the economic problems that face financial institutions and the impact that technology and regulation has had on the industry.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam.

Analyse the nature of financial reporting in theory and practice. Develop a broad grasp of financial reporting and develop an ability to interpret corporate financial performance.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam.

Gain a solid foundation in mathematical, statistical and econometric techniques which will be useful both in later modules and in the financial industry.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam.

Semester 2

Evaluate key issues in corporate finance in depth and assess the financing decisions of companies. Investigate when capital structure can affect firm value, whether there is an optimal corporate payout policy, does M&A activity ever create value for the bidder and how you can best manage corporate cash holdings.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam.

Develop a thorough understanding of the practice of financial management in companies operating in the international environment. Coverage includes foreign exchange markets as well as corporate financing and capital structure decisions for multinational businesses.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam.

Deepen your understanding of financial reporting and financial management through real life examples. Advance your skills of analysis for firms’ financial reports and valuations.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam.

Develop an understanding of the financial professional’s role in managing company performance and improve communication and personal skills which are valuable in the business world. This module is usually taught across semesters 1 and 2 while usually being assessed in semester 2.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework

Optional modules (choose one)

This module will equip you with the skills to analyse the causes and responses to the recent global financial crisis.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam.

Gain an understanding of eonomic concepts and models for business decision making.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam.

Apply knowledge and understanding to complex issues in portfolio management such as how to reduce risk of bond portfolios, how to assess portfolio performance and which strategies should equity portfolio managers follow.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 25% coursework / 75% exam.

This module introduces students to a range of issues affecting small and medium-sized enterprises. Students would benefit from developing skills to analyse the competitive position and critical success factors of a business, including the effects of government policy and availability of funding.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam.

Summer period

Explore different mechanisms of governance and topical issues relating to ownership, control, executive compensation and accountability.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam.

Analyse complex issues relating to corporate finance and treasury management including internal capital markets and corporate investment using real options.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% exam.

Building upon prior modules students will study detailed case studies related to corporate finance which could include for example company valuation, firm liquidity or capital structure.

Assessment: Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework.

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations and skills-based coursework. In general, the weight on examinations is higher than on coursework.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Supervision
Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our MSc in Corporate Finance is ideal for students seeking to follow a career in the Financial Management function of a Business, Corporate Finance roles in Banks, as well as Accountancy and Management Consultancy. Example initial job titles include:

  • Financial Management Trainee
  • Investment Banker – Financing / Corporate Deals
  • Treasury Analyst
  • Corporate Finance Associate
  • Management Consultant and M&A Advisor

Graduate destinations

Loughborough finance graduates are highly sought after and work in a wide range of finance roles. This includes roles with many of the major global banks, large businesses and the Big Four Accounting firms including:

  • HSBC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • UBS
  • Standard Chartered
  • DHL
  • Scottish and Southern Energy

Many graduates begin their careers as an Analyst, Associate or Management Trainee, with the best reaching Senior Manager, Assistant Vice President or Director level positions within 10 years.

Your personal development

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting you with your personal and professional development, all our Business and Economics postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend an impressive range of extra-curricular masterclasses and public lectures – all on campus and free of charge.

The programme enables students to develop and strengthen key transferable skills required in the modern business world. These skills include team-working, critical analysis and evaluation, problem solving and IT.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£12,850
International:
£21,000

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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