global finance

Key information

Duration: 3 weeks (virtual, part-time)
Programme dates:
7 -
Fees: £2,400

Programme Overview

Understanding the essential concepts of finance and accounting are career-critical skills in our hyper-competitive, hyper-connected world. Whatever your industry or market, staying ahead means grasping the connection between operating decisions and financial results, and using financial data and key metrics effectively and with confidence.

Imperial’s Fundamentals of Finance programme is an immersive three-week online learning experience that delivers the knowledge, insight and understanding to use the language and methods of finance, to think critically and autonomously, and to drive efficiencies and profitability for your organisation, as you accelerate your own career.

This fully engaging and transformational programme harnesses the full expertise of Imperial College Business School faculty. Through live, interactive sessions and hands-on case studies and simulations, you will:

  • Master how to read and understand financial information
  • Integrate this information to make solid financial decisions
  • Discover how operating decisions can be leveraged to drive financial results, and how financial decisions can be used to the same end
  • Learn to combine finance and strategy to deliver value
  • Lean how to assess the economic value and cost-effectiveness of a project

Who should attend?

Imperial’s Fundamentals of Finance live online programme is expertly designed to equip managers with the core financial knowledge and tools to make better business decisions. Participants join us from all over the world and a breadth of backgrounds, including STEM or any other non-finance specialisms. This training course is ideal for mid-level managers seeking a solid foundation in finance and accounting and looking to understand how finance aids strategic decision making. No previous financial education is assumed or required.

Learning objectives

  • Appreciate how accounting numbers come from operating decisions and learn to analyse the Balance Sheet.
  • Explore Income Statements and Statements of Cash Flows and how they relate to the Balance Sheet. Distinguish cash and profit.
  • Discover the DuPont System and how to translate numbers from financial systems into a greater understanding of profitability. See how finance and strategy together can be used to build value. Use the DuPont System to benchmark companies in the same industry.
  • Learn about discounted cash flow and how it is used to allocate resources and pinpoint optimal investments. Using a case study, explore how concepts such as Net Present Value can be leveraged to make critical investment decisions.
  • Understand how any investment will affect the future of a business. Using the same case study, calculate how to derive free cash flow by grasping how the investment will be executed according to the strategy of the company and contract Net Present Value with other metrics, such as Internal Rate of Return.
  • Explore the optimal method of financing a project depending on industry, maturity, and growth opportunities. Analyse the trade-off theory of capital structure which hinges on an understanding of the influence of taxes and risk in financial decisions.

Look at the other factors influencing financial decisions, like future growth opportunities or over and under valuation of companies. Analyse the costs of financial distress.

What you will learn

  • Module 1: Using Financial Information Intelligently
  • Module 2: Analysing the Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows
  • Module 3: Measures of Business Performance
  • Module 4: Applying the DuPont System
  • Module 5: Using Discounted Cash Flows
  • Module 6: Discounted Cash Flow Applications
  • Module 7: Capital Structure
  • Module 8: Capital Structure and Financial Strategy

Programme faculty

Claudia Custodio Imperial College Business School

Cláudia Custódio

Programme Director

Cláudia Custódio is a Professor of Finance at Imperial College Busines School. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, she was Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon, and Assistant Professor at Arizona State University.

Franklin Allen

Franklin Allen

Professor of Finance & Economics at Imperial College Business School

Franklin Allen is Executive Director of the Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College London, and Emeritus Professor at the Wharton School, where he was formerly Vice Dean and Director of Doctoral Programs. He has been Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and Managing Editor of the Review of Finance. He was President of the American Finance Association and is a Fellow of Econometric Society. Professor Allen holds a PhD from Oxford University and his chief areas of interest are corporate finance, asset pricing, financial innovation, comparative financial systems and financial crises. He is the co-author of Principles of Corporate Finance.

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Key information

Duration: 3 weeks (virtual, part-time)
Programme dates:
7 -
Fees: £2,400
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