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Course Overview

Covering the intellectually and commercially fertile ground at the accountancy/finance interface. Considering financial analysis from both theoretical and practical angles. Do you need to understand financial reporting to be an investor? How should we assess the success of an acquisition? Why do accountants think mergers don’t exist? How do companies decide on financing strategies? Does corporate governance and ethics really matter – do share prices react to it? These are some of the questions we will address alongside using DataStream and the ThomsonReuters Eikon system. The course might give you some ideas for your dissertation too.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Laura McCann

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Either Accountancy (AC) (Studied) or Finance (FI) (Studied)
  • One of AC3047 Corporate Finance (Passed) or AC3050 Corporate Finance (Passed) or FI3001 Corporate Finance (Passed) or FI3004 Finance 3: Corporate Finance (Passed)
  • One of AC1512 Accounting (Passed) or AC1513 Accounting and Entrepreneurship (Passed) or AC1514 Accounting and Entrepreneurship (Passed) or AC1515 Accounting and Entrepreneurship (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AC4031 Financial Strategy and Investment Management (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course consists of 12 weeks of material that concentrates on the main points of overlap between users and providers of accounting information. In particular it would focus on the investor's perspective on financial information. Advanced portfolio and investment theory. Choosing Investments from a large universe of assets. Accounting information as signals in investment management. Types of investor:

  • Mutual and pension funds
  • Closed end funds
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Hedge funds and boutiques

Capital market responses to events and event studies, as in:

  • Tax arbitrage

The role of investment banks:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate actions
  • Book building and IPOs

The role of auditor and the accountant as a consultant.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MA Accountancy-Finance
  • MA Business Management - Finance
  • MA Economics-Finance
  • MA Finance
  • MA Finance with Computing
  • MA Finance-French
  • MA Finance-Geography
  • MA Finance-German
  • MA Finance-Hispanic Studies
  • MA Finance-International Relations
  • MA Finance-Legal Studies
  • MA Finance-Management Studies
  • MA Finance-Politics
  • MA Finance-Real Estate
  • Master Of Arts In Finance-Spanish And Latin American Studies

Contact Teaching Time

61 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt

  • 2-hour Examination (50%)
  • Coursework 1 (20%)
  • Coursework 2 (20%)
  • Thoson Reuters Eikon Certificate (10%)

Formative Assessment

This will take place via tutorial discussions.


  • Verbal feedback is given during tutorial discussions.
  • Answers are provided to all questions covered in lectures and tutorials.
  • Written feedback will be provided for continuous assessments.

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