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BU5034: ISSUES IN CORPORATE FINANCE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

This course introduces students to basic financial concepts before moving on to introduce students to a number of areas of corporate finance including investment appraisal decisions, examining capital structure theory, the financing decisions of the firm, and corporate restructuring. The main aim of the course is to equip students with good analytical skills in order to understand the implications of corporate financing decisions by understanding why companies behave the way they do with respect to financing choices and how this interacts with the real world financial markets, and to enable students to understand the theoretical underpinnings of corporate finance theory.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Laura Mccann

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme
  • One of Master Of Science In International Finance And Political Relations or Master Of Science In Corporate Finance And Law or () or Master Of Science In International Finance or MSc (Econ) in Finance and Investment Management (Includes Cfa Exam) or Master Of Science In International Finance (Includes Cfa Exam) or MSc in Accounting and Finance or () or Master Of Laws In Corporate Finance And Law

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will draw mainly on theories and practice of Corporate Finance in order to introduce students to theories, concepts and techniques of analysis that are typical of situations faced by financial managers within a corporate entity. The course’s basic aims may be organised into four groups: (i) How can companies value investments? (ii) How can companies minimise the failure of a project? (iii) How can companies finance their investments, decide on dividends and manage financial planning? (iv) How can companies change their ownership and control?


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10 - 11, 10 - 11, 15, 15, 17, 17

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Bloomberg certificate (10%)

DataStream certificate (10%)

MCQ/Short Answer Test (40%)

Alternative assessment (40%) - 3 qualitative/quantitative questions from 5. Total word count would be 3000 - 5000 words depending on questions chosen.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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