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Masters (MSc) in Finance

Learn the finance essentials; from derivatives and investments, to mergers and acquisitions and global markets.

This master's in finance enables you to work with our award-winning finance experts to build in-demand quantitative skills. You will gain the essential information needed to pursue a range of exciting finance careers at an international level.

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The MSc Finance course has both CFA Institute Affiliate status and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) status which positions you to progress to a research degree. It is also linked to The Manchester Accounting and Finance Group – one of the leading accounting and finance units in Europe.

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MSc Finance

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Corporate Finance

Unit code BMAN71152
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


Sources of finance; Debt and equity, Stock market listing as a source of finance.

Capital Structure, Corporate Governance, The Cash Holding Decision, The Dividend Decision, Corporate Investment Decisions.


BMAN71152 Programme Req: BMAN71152 is only available as a core unit to students on MSc A&F and MSc Finance, and as an elective to students on MSc QF


The course unit focuses on the core issues of corporate finance: corporate financial policy, corporate governance, and corporate investment decisions. The aim of the first part is to provide an understanding (from both a theoretical and empirical standpoint) of the central decision problems in corporate finance: capital raising and capital structure. The course unit then moves on to consider the increasingly important area of corporate governance, ownership and control, and the relationship between corporate governance and firm performance. Finally, it examines the decision to hold cash, dividend policy and the literature exploring the determinants of corporate investment decisions, providing an overview of both the theoretical background underlining investment decisions in incomplete capital markets and the empirical problems of this subject.

Learning outcomes

•        On completion of this unit successful students will have achieved the following learning outcomes:

•        Have an understanding of the different sources of finance available to firms

•        Be familiar with the IPO process, valuation of an IPO firm and the anomalies related IPOs

•        Have an understanding of a variety of theoretical models of capital structure and dividend decisions

•        Have knowledge of the issues involved in testing capital-structure theories and the international                      empirical evidence on capital structure

•        Be aware of corporate governance, corporate control and managerial incentive issues in an                               international context and have appropriate knowledge of the international empirical evidence

•        Have knowledge of the main drivers behind cash holding decisions and dividend decisions

•        Have appropriate knowledge of the international empirical evidence on cash holding and dividends

•        Be familiar with the issues relating to financing and investment decisions and have a sound knowledge          of the existing body of international empirical evidence

•        Be able to interpret and discuss case studies in corporate finance

•        The methods of assessment for this unit allow students to demonstrate achievement of all intended                  learning outcomes.

Assessment methods

Written Examination (100%) 2 hours

Feedback methods

Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.

Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.

Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.

Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.


Recommended reading

The core readings for this course unit are constituted by academic papers. A detailed list will be provided at the end of each lecture. There is one suggested book which is Berk J. and P. DeMarzo (2010), Corporate Finance (global edition), 2nd edition (the 1st edition is fine as well). Some of the suggested readings will also come from Copeland T.E., J.F. Weston and K. Shastri (2005), Financial Theory and Corporate Policy, 4th ed., Pearson Addison Wesle  

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Roberto Mura Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Methods

Office Hours


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Lala Jafarli, Azerbaijan, MSc Finance student

"Alliance MBS provides the opportunity to meet experts from your field of interest. You feel secure around the friendly environment and consistently feel the support of everybody. This year I lived everything to a maximum level; having fun with international friends and studying really hard. In a word, I would say that it was amazing!"

Lala Jafarli, Azerbaijan

MSc Finance, Class of 2015


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