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Personalise your learning experience and achieve your career ambitions with our inspiring range of more than 30 electives.


These practical and rigorous electives bring together students from across the School. Study alongside students from the MBA, Sloan, Executive MBA and other programmes – widening your network and perspectives.


Electives run in a range of formats and at different times during the academic year. Choose between weekend, weekday, evening and block-week formats.  You can select up to 10 electives from the comprehensive portfolio outlined below. A minimum of seven are required for the programmes.


Although we aim to maximise your choices, your selection will be influenced by your own timetable and work commitments, and inevitably this may lead to restrictions. The electives available may vary slightly from year to year.

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  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis

    Cover the fundamentals of financial analysis, evaluate the quality of financial information and use the information to reveal the economics of firms.


    Lecturer: Eli Amir

  • Corporate Communication and Investor Relations

    Financial communication is what firms use to communicate about the firm, its activities, and its priorities with various stakeholders. Although its primary audience is capital providers and the intermediaries that support these capital providers, employees, customers, and competitors as well as governments are also informed via financial communication. In this course, we will cover various communication channels managers can use to inform its stakeholders and the role of the information intermediaries in the financial communication process. With the advance of new communication channels such as the use of social media by corporations in addition to the continued scrutiny on regular communication channels such as earnings announcements and conference calls, investor relations and corporate communications is an important function. In summary, students will develop an understanding of how information is used in markets and how managers can help to assure this information most accurately reflects their view of the firm.


    Lecturer: Irem Tuna

  • Financial Analysis of Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Complex Corporate Restructurings

    Understand the financial reporting and analysis of transactions and restructurings, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, dual listed companies, stock repurchases, spin-offs, carve-outs, leveraged buyouts and recaps.


    Lecturer: Eli Amir

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital

    Explore the concepts, instruments and institutions involved in private equity investments. A particular emphasis is given to emerging markets.


    Lecturer: Francesca Cornelli and Dwight Poler, or Eli Talmor and Florin Vasvari

  • Securities Analysis and Financial Modelling

    Focus on the tools and techniques of securities analysis and the development of a framework for making investment decisions. Cover fundamental analysis and development of financial models for determining the intrinsic value of a firm's stock.


    Lecturer: Scott Richardson and Larkshmanan Shivakumar

  • Systematic Investing

    New for the academic year 2016/17 – course description to come.


    Lecturer: Scott Richardson

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  • Advanced Corporate Finance

    Relate corporate finance theory to practice, and cover advanced topics in valuation and financing.


    Lecturer: Rui Silva and Alexander Guembel

  • Banks and Financial Institutions

    Examine banks, insurance companies and investment funds. Topics include the role of intermediation, the part played by banks in the real economy, regulation and management of banks, valuation of financial institutions, the functions and conduct of insurance companies, behaviour and management of mutual funds and hedge funds.


    Lecturer: Christopher Hennessy and Narayan Naik

  • Behavioural Finance

    Survey recent developments in behavioural finance – a field that seeks to explain seemingly irrational financial phenomena in terms of individual behaviour, psychology and cognitive errors.


    Lecturer: Samuli Knupfer

  • Credit Risk

    An in-depth examination of issues in credit risk, its modelling and applications, as well as new developments.


    Lecturer: Stephen Schaefer

  • Derivatives

    Gain a rigorous conceptual framework for valuing and understanding the behaviour of derivative instruments and their use in risk management and speculation.


    Lecturer: Peter Feldhutter

  • Distressed Investing and Financial Restructuring

    Understand this innovative and influential area of corporate finance and private equity activity globally. Assess best practices in the field with reference to case studies, practical examples and lessons learnt. The course draws from the experience of principals at Oaktree Capital Management, one of the world’s premier distressed debt and restructuring firms.


    Lecturer: Justin Bickle, Francesa Cornelli and Florin Vasvari

  • Equity Investment Management

    Understand applications of modern portfolio theory to equity investment, strategic asset allocation, portfolio optimisation, traditional active management versus hedge funds, stock market anomalies and the implications of behavioural finance.


    Lecturer: Narayan Naik and Samuli Knupfer

  • Financial Engineering and Risk Management

    Use continuous-time mathematics and cutting-edge methods to value, hedge, design and structure a wide variety of derivative contracts. Cover stochastic calculus, martingale methods, partial differential equations and numerical methods.


    Lecturer: Suleyman Basak

  • Fixed Income Securities

    A rigorous, quantitative course on the valuation of fixed income securities, the tools used in bond portfolio management and the management of interest rate risk.


    Lecturer: Suleyman Basak

  • Hedge Funds

    Review cutting-edge research on the fast growing hedge fund industry.  Gain a unified framework encompassing the different hedge fund strategies and the role of hedge funds.


    Lecturer: Narayan Naik

  • International Finance

    Examine the workings of the international fixed income, international equity, foreign exchange and forex derivatives markets, and learn how these markets can be used to solve corporate problems such as managing exposure to exchange rates and country risk.


    Lecturer: Christian Heyerdahl-Larsen

  • Mergers, MBOs and Other Corporate Reorganisations

    Examine corporate re-organisations, including mergers and acquisitions, re-organisation through workouts and bankruptcy, divisional spin-offs and divestitures, and leveraged buyouts.


    Lecturer: Julian Franks and Stefan Lewellen

  • Project Finance

    Acquire a framework for understanding the many ways in which project finance can mitigate specific risks and provide incentives, while also assessing the limitations of such structures.

     

    Lecturer: Karl Lins

  • Real Estate Finance

    Acquire the concepts and tools necessary for understanding real estate markets and for managing real estate assets, with a focus on value creation.


    Lecturer: João Cocco

  • Topics in Asset Management

    Explore the roles of analysts, quantitative specialists, strategists, fund managers, consultants, real estate and hedge fund professionals, and investment advisors. There are numerous case studies (many of them live) such as pension investing analysis, and dinners with visiting speakers from companies such as Aberdeen Asset Management.


    Lecturer: Robert Jenkins

  • Value Investing

    Develop the ability to value companies and to find and appraise equity investment ideas. The primary teaching method will be the consideration of specific investments, both current and historic. This is an application-based elective with restricted places.


    Lecturer: Eddie Ramsden

  • Wealth Management and Islamic Finance

    New for the academic year 2016/17 – course description to come

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  • Negotiation and Bargaining

    Gain a broad understanding of the central concepts in negotiation and develop strategies for analysing and preparing for negotiations. Practise negotiation skills, receive feedback on individual negotiation problems and improve your ability to analyse the behaviour and motives of individuals, groups and organisations in competitive situations.

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  • Company Sponsored Project

    Deepen your practical knowledge and strengthen your networks in either the area you are currently working in, or a sector or company of interest. Projects are specifically selected to test and enhance the knowledge you have gained during the programme.

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