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Postgraduate Course: Research in Corporate Finance (CMSE11472)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course covers various topics in corporate finance believed to be of academic interest and practical importance, including financing policies (debt vs. equity), payout policies (dividend vs. share repurchases), mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, etc.
Course description The aims of the course are to introduce students to fundamental concepts in corporate finance (with the aid of some textbook readings) and to empirical research in these topics (by reviewing selected journal articles). This course assumes some knowledge of discounted cash flow, the cost of capital, agency theory, and the main ideas relating to debt policy, dividend policy and raising equity. Research in Corporate Finance adds to students' knowledge mainly by introducing them to empirical research on the topics studied. Research in corporate finance is a social science. Its aim is to understand about value creation and financial decision-making as observed in the corporate sector. Students will learn about the current state of knowledge regarding each topic studied, and they will learn about how research in this field is conducted, through studying the research design of selected papers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Statistics For Finance (CMSE11086)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% coursework (Individual) - Assesses course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4

70% Written exam (Individual) - Assesses course Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessments within agreed deadlines.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Research in Corporate Finance CMSE114722:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss arguments and debates concerning advanced topics in corporate finance.
  2. Know, apply and critically evaluate advanced methods of empirical research in corporate finance.
  3. Understand and critically evaluate the financing arrangements of companies.
  4. Critically discuss complex lines of argument and reasoning as found in academic studies in corporate finance.
Reading List
Brealey, R.A., Myers, S.C. & Allen, F., Principles of Corporate Finance, McGraw-Hill, 2017.
Berk, J. & DeMarzo, P., Corporate Finance, Pearson, 2014.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to quality.

Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.
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Course organiserDr Huacheng Zhang
Course secretaryMiss Aoife McDonald
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