Tailor your learning experience with a choice of electives from our vibrant cross-programme, cross-subject portfolio.
Electives enable you to focus on a specific area of interest, or customise your degree towards a particular career objective. Our electives are offered across multiple subject areas - including classes such as Elements of Machine Learning for Business, New Technology Ventures, Managing a Digital Organisation and Fin Tech and World Economy: Problems and Prospects - our state-of-the-art portfolio showcases our faulty insight and research expertise.
Electives also allow you to study alongside students from our MBA, MiF, MiM, MFA and leadership programmes, expanding your network and gaining exposure to highly experienced professionals with years of business insight.
Listed here are a brief sample of the electives that will be on offer.
Faculty: Alastair Lawrence
Gain the critical skills to analyse public companies’ financial statements from the investor’s perspective. With this course, you will become an informed and sceptical user of financial reporting information that in turn, lays the framework for you to become a competent and confident investor.
Faculty: Paolo Surico/Elias Papaioannou
Learn about the major issues affecting the global economy and what the financial markets are likely to be in the next five years. As well as providing a deeper insight into policy and market issues, you will gain greater experience in applying the analytical tools that you will have already developed during ‘Understanding the International Macroeconomy’, as well as extending your existing theoretical toolkit.
You will analyse developments of countries and regions across the globe to use as examples of which to build an understanding of broad economic issues.
Faculty: Suleyman Basak
Undertake a rigorous study across a wide range of fixed income securities, from pure discount to putable bonds. In addition to analysing specific types of fixed income securities, you will learn tools that are useful in bond portfolio management. These include construction of discount functions, horizon analysis, immunization and duration/convexity matching for hedging, and models for pricing a variety of fixed income securities.
Faculty: Suleyman Basak
Learn the necessary skills to value, hedge and manage the risk of a wide variety of derivatives and structured products, and to profitably design and structure such contracts. You will be able to develop and implement frameworks for the analysis and management of financial structures.
Faculty: Stephen Schaefer
Develop an in-depth understanding of credit risk; how it is traded, how it is priced, the instruments that are available for managing credit exposure and the different approaches to assessing default risk. The aim of this course is to provide you with a balance between a sound conceptual framework and market understanding and insight. Both are essential to the informed practitioner.
Faculty: Narayan Naik/ Lil Mohan
Examine how Fintech is breaking the financial services value chain through more efficient provisioning of Payments, Deposits and Lending, Capital Raising, Wealth Management, Insurance and Market Data Analytics. Time permitting, it will discuss the effect of smart wearables, digital identity and other new technologies on business models and explore the impact of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence on traditional ways of businesses and governments.
Faculty: Oded Koenigsberg
Drawing on a mixture of fields, including economics, psychology, sociology, statistics, you will be introduced to new approaches and useful frameworks for solving the most pressing contemporary pricing problems.
Faculty: Om Narasimhan
Gain insights and tools derived from original research on managing and marketing innovation, the ability to recognise and frame common innovation challenges and opportunities, and fluency in making strategic decisions on innovation.
Faculty: Lil Mohan
You will learn about how digital consumers behave and what are the most effective ways to digitally engage with them, how to create internet and social media marketing strategies and programs, what frameworks and metrics to apply and when to apply them, and how to seamlessly combine digital with traditional off-line marketing.
Faculty: Chris Voss
Understand the strategic, operational and marketing management of these two related and converging sectors. Foster the strategic and operational thinking in a rapidly professionalising area and one that is key to future economic growth.
Faculty: Jérémie Gallien
Learn about the qualitative frameworks used by general managers and to the detailed mathematical models used by their reports and consultants. From physical infrastructure (logistics and warehousing); to Flow management (forecasting, inventory control and optimization).
Faculty: Derek Bunn
Gain insight into an industrial sector of worldwide importance, and one in which there are now many business challenges through market restructuring and the development of low carbon technologies. Covering topics such as geopolitics and global markets for oil and gas, and power system economics: price formation, regulation and market liberalisations.
Faculty Kamalini Ramdas
Learn in a hands-on, experiential and interdisciplinary environment that focuses on identifying and developing new business models, products and services, in a multi-tiered innovation tournament context. You will follow a step-by-step process based on two key principles that guide the substance of the opportunities generated and the process of developing them:
1) Substantively, you will focus on two types of opportunities: a. Those that disrupt an industry by reinventing the operating model of the industry. Typically, this entails revolutionizing the way in which the industry makes or sells a product, or delivers a service. It does not necessarily require developing new products or addressing any new markets, though the changes in the business landscape are often as revolutionary. b. Those that involve a new product or service that meets a new market need, is a new solution to an existing market need or is a new match of an existing need and solution.
2) From a process point of view, you will use a multi-tiered innovation tournament – a systematic, risk-limiting procedure to develop new business, product and service opportunities. Our method prescribes recipes to generate a large number of potentially disruptive operating models, products and services, a framework to evaluate them, leveraging the power of the crowd for fast feedback, and a risk-limiting sequence of steps to bring these innovations to life, which include prototyping, economic feasibility analysis.
Faculty: Rupert Merson
You will experience a complete overview of the process, challenges and problems associated with starting a new business. You will gain an insight into the reality of setting up a business. You should be well equipped to assess whether or not the entrepreneurial route is for you and, if it is, be able to embark with confidence on the process of converting aspiration into reality. In particular, you will be able to write a first-class business plan and have had good experience in presenting that plan.
Faculty: Catherine Magelssen
Learn how to assess corporate strategies and develop superior ones. Building on the concepts covered in the core Strategy I course and links to other courses in Finance and Organisational Behaviour.
Faculty: Rupert Merson/ Jessica Spungin
Examine strategic innovation from the perspective of an established company and seek to answer questions such as, what exactly is strategic innovation and why would I engage in it?
You will look at this aspect of innovation from the perspective of an established firm. The challenge for the established firm is not to discover a new business model but instead, it is to decide what to do about a new one that invades its market. Therefore, you will not spend any time on the issue of discovering new business models or how to do so. Instead, you will be focusing on how established firms could respond to such a disruption in their business.
Faculty: Marcus Alexander/ Olenka Kacperczyk/ Julian Birkinshaw
Examine the need for agility and the three different forms of agility that we see in companies. Focus on the “capabilities” that companies need to put in place to become agile – including a more fluid approach to decision-making, the ability to sense and response to opportunities quickly, a modular way of organising, and a more agile set of management processes.
Faculty: Dominic Houlder
You will analyse how effective managers organise their companies to achieve continuous, organic growth. You will examine the firm’s formal strategic choices, its internal organisational environment, the process of growth, but also the role of historical accident and the background and personality of the managers involved.
Rupert Merson/ Heinz-Peter Elstrodt
Understand what family firms have to do to capture their unique benefits and master their special challenges through an intensely practical course, founded on a solid knowledge base, making extensive use of mini cases and guest speakers.
Faculty: Gary Dushnitsky
Gain the necessary skills and mindset to successfully develop entrepreneurial ventures. Learn how to navigate key entrepreneurial challenges, explore the decision to launch an entrepreneurial venture, as well as the choices associated with forming and growing the core founding team.
Faculty: Julian Birkinshaw and Farhan Lalji
Understand the differences between industrial and digital organisations to provide them with frameworks and advice on how to manage and work in digital organisations.
Faculty: Stefano Turconi/ Dominic Houlder
Examine the most compelling strategy questions facing the luxury sector and other applicable competitive and increasingly commoditised sectors.
Faculty: Donal Crilly
The point of departure for Global Strategy is that differences exist between countries and that these differences have implications for how firms strategize when they operate across borders. You will learn about these differences, how to measure them, and what they mean for fundamental decisions such as entering new markets and designing the global footprint of a firm's operations. Gain familiarity with some major public databases (e.g. POLYCON, Economic Freedom of the World Index, CAGE).
Faculty: Samuli Knupfer
Over the past decades, the field of finance has developed a successful paradigm based on the notions that investors and managers are rational and that the market is efficient. In recent years, however, anecdotal evidence, as well as theoretical and empirical research, has shown this paradigm to be insufficient to describe various features of actual financial markets. You learn about the financial market phenomena by incorporating institutional, social, cognitive, and emotional biases to the traditional paradigm. This broader perspective is called behavioural finance.
Faculty: Kiriakos Vlahos
Understand the concepts, methods, techniques and tools that support modern project management. Gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art software tools for project and project portfolio management.