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Electives

Customise your Masters in Financial Analysis (MFA) experience and explore new areas with a choice of electives.

 

Take three electives from a portfolio of cross-programme elective courses, spanning Finance, Accounting, Economics, and Management Science and Operations subject areas. At least two of your electives will be from the finance electives courses offered, with the third one allowing you to tailor the programme in other subject areas of your interest.

Do you want to gain an advanced knowledge in the most cutting-edge topics? Understand behavioural finance? Learn about models and strategies in the energy market? Or investigate global capital markets and currencies? Our electives enable you to dive deep into an area of personal interest to you. These courses help you concentrate your knowledge and build a focused professional development. Taught by our world-renowned faculty, electives are delivered in practical and academic formats that showcase the depth and quality of research and faculty insight.

All our electives are offered across the School’s suite of degree programmes, giving you the chance to learn alongside students of other programmes, such as the MiM, MBA, MiF, and Leadership programmes. Expand your network, build a wealth of knowledge and develop the resources you need to succeed.

    Finance


  • Advanced Corporate Finance

    Lecturers: Rui Silva and Alexander Guembel


    Through in-depth cases and discussion of topical issues, discover the multitude of ways that corporate finance theory can be applied to practical problems, with all the complexities that the real world entails. Cover advanced topics in valuation and financing.

  • Behavioural Finance

    Lecturer: Samuli Knupfer


    In the past, the field of finance developed a successful paradigm based on the assumption that investors and managers are rational and that the market is efficient. Anecdotal evidence and research means we now know that this paradigm is insufficient to describe real financial markets. This course adds institutional, social, cognitive, and emotional biases into an analysis of financial market phenomena.

  • Credit Risk

    Lecturer: Stephen Schaefer


    Gain an in-depth understanding of credit risk, with a balance between a sound conceptual framework and market understanding and insight. Understand how it is priced, how it is traded, the instruments available for managing credit exposure and the different approaches to assessing default risk.

  • Derivatives

    Lecturer: Peter Feldhutter


    Become a sophisticated and informed user of derivative instruments such as futures, swaps and options. Develop a sound understanding of the real-world details of the products and the models used to analyse them, as well as their limitations.

  • Financial Engineering and Risk Management

    Lecturer: Suleyman Basak


    Gain the skills to value, hedge and manage the risk of a wide variety of derivatives and structured products. Develop and implement frameworks for the analysis and management of financial risk in a variety of economic contexts. The course adopts cutting-edge quantitative methods and employs continuous-time mathematics, however practical applications are emphasised.

  • Fixed Income Securities

    Lecturer: Suleyman Basak


    Undertake a rigorous study of fixed income securities on this quantitative course. Learn how to manage interest rate risk, how to value securities with cash flows that are sensitive to movements in interest rates and how to determine the optimal exercise policy for a variety of embedded options in fixed income securities. Critically analyse government bonds, bond futures and options, floating rate notes, callable and putable bonds, caps, floors, swaps, interest-rate exotics, among many others.

  • Hedge Funds

    Lecturer: Narayan Naik


    Discover the modus operandi of hedge funds, their model of aligning the interests of investors and managers, their legal, organisational and operational structures, their risk-return characteristics, and the likelihood of their success in the future.

  • International Finance

    Lecturer: Christian Heyerdahl-Larsen


    Develop an integrated view of international financial markets and the management of multinational firms. Focus is on markets for spot exchange, currency forwards, options, swaps, international bonds and international equities. Study the valuation of instruments traded in these markets and the application of these instruments.

  • Project and Infrastructure Finance

    Lecturer: Karl Lins


    Gain a 360 view of project finance, and develop a framework for understanding the many ways it can be used to mitigate specific risks and provide incentives, while also assessing its limitations.

  • Real Estate Finance

    Lecturer: João Cocco


    Develop the insights and tools to understand real estate markets and for managing real estate assets, with a focus on value creation. With a focus on commercial real estate, explore valuation and investment analysis, financing, economic, legal, political and taxation issues and recent trends and challenges.

  • Accounting


  • Corporate Communication and Investor Relations

    Lecturer: Irem Tuna


    In this course, we will cover various communication channels managers can use to inform 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.

  • Financial Analysis of Mergers, Acquisitions and other Corporate Restructurings

    Lecturer: Eli Amir


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

  • Systematic Investing

    Lecturer: Scott Richardson


    We will focus on the valuation of securities that embed credit risk (corporate bonds, credit default swaps and others) to understand how to build a superior credit portfolio. In addition to understanding the drivers of returns, risk and trading costs of credit related securities, you will develop investment skills via experiential learning utilising financial industry tools.

  • Economics


  • Emerging Markets

    Lecturers: Elias Papaioannou and Paolo Surico


    Acquire a thorough framework for evaluating the risks and rewards of doing business in the main emerging markets of Eastern Europe, Latin America, South East Asia and Africa.

  • Global Capital Markets and Currencies

    Lecturers: Hélène Rey


    Develop deep insights into how the international financial environment impacts firms in a globalised economy. Discover how to assess the impact of economic policy shocks and financial disturbances on financial markets, exchange rates and capital flows.

  • Management Science and Operations


  • Data Mining for Business Intelligence

    Lecturer: Tolga Tezcan and Nicos Savva


    Learn about the emerging field of business analytics (BA) or data mining and expand your analytical tool kit by analysing massive data sets. Learn advanced data query techniques, data cleaning and organization, explore various machine learning techniques including supervised and unsupervised classification schemes, text classification, clustering techniques as well as predictive analytics. Gain hands-on experience with a variety of software tools, including Tableau and XLMiner.

  • Energy: Markets, Models and Strategies

    Lecturer: Derek Bunn


    Learn the fundamentals of power system economics and explore the impact of structural and strategic changes affecting the industry, such as investment issues and technology. Develop an understanding of how the wholesale and retail markets for electricity work and how to model their price and implications. While this course focuses mainly upon electricity, it will also give you insights into the issues affecting the oil and gas industries.

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