MSc elective options

Situated in London, one of the world’s most important financial and cultural centres, the Business School has access to industry experts and the direct experience of major corporates, consultancies, investment banks, venture capitalists and public sector organisations, which all help to make our teaching and research practical and relevant.

More information on the elective options offered to exchange students joining our MSc classes can be found below.

MSc Finance electives

Spring electives

This module will develop your corporate finance knowledge. Particular emphasis will be placed on linking conceptual tools to real business decisions through the use of case studies.

This module aims to provide students with more advanced tools of time series and econometrics than the Financial Statistics module. Applications to asset pricing and risk management will also be covered.

This module is an advanced elective in investments and portfolio management. We will discuss the key trading strategies used by hedge funds and demystify the secret world of active investing. The module combines the latest research with real-world examples to show how certain trading strategies make money–and why they sometimes don’t.

This module covers a variety of topics in corporate finance, with the focus on optimal corporate financial policy. You will learn what factors determine the “optimal” capital structure and how the interplay of those factors can affect financing decisions in a way that creates value on the right hand side of the balance sheet.

Summer electives

Beginning with the various types of business organisations, this module describes the essentials of the corporate legal system and in particular the implications of the law of obligations for contract negotiation. It will also outline the legal process when a company has financial difficulties. The second half of the module will examine tax law from the perspective of a corporate.

This module introduces modern methods of enterprise risk management applicable for financial organizations, including insurance companies and pension funds. It analyses different types of risk and methods for measuring and managing them before examining how insurance companies and pension funds implement risk mitigation techniques.

MSc Management electives

Spring electives

This module builds on the basic ideas of business-level strategy and introduces you to more advanced concepts in strategic management, and in particular, corporate strategy. Corporate strategy is concerned with determining which businesses and activities to include within the boundaries of the firm and how to coordinate them. In this regard, it differs from business-level strategy, which focuses on the competitive aspects of operating in a single line of business. Topics covered in this module include vertical and horizontal integration, international expansion, diversification, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances.

Corporate Strategy and Leadership Skills must be taken in combination.

The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the management challenges facing the energy industries, with a particular emphasis on the production side: oil and gas exploration and production, and electricity generation. The need to reduce carbon emissions, and policies to drive this, set the context for the module.

The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the management challenges facing the energy industries, with a particular emphasis on the selling activities: trading and retailing. This module can only be taken if students have previously completed the companion module, Energy Business 1: Producing Energy.

The focus of this module is to give you a practical yet theoretically grounded collection of tools you can use to be an effective leader and developer of people – one who earns the respect, appreciation and gratitude of the people who work with and for you in your future career. This module is designed to introduce you to advanced concepts in developing leadership skills to be successful in organisations.

Corporate Strategy and Leadership Skills must be taken in combination

The module aims at providing theoretical and applied insights into the field of corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings from an international and strategic perspective. Students will analyse the essential elements of the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) process including: bidding strategies, due diligence, contract negotiations, valuation, closing and post-merger integration, as well as discussing macro perspectives of the field.

This module is aimed at developing your structured understanding of risk management principles, approaches and techniques, with reference to main risk factors (pure risks and – with a greater emphasis – financial and credit risks) and with pragmatic applications to both corporate and financial institutions. The module also addresses the way in which the global financial system and the evolution of statistical techniques, technology and banking regulation is continuously changing the world of risk management professionals and practitioners, offering a number of career opportunities at both private and public institutions.

The Internet, together with other information and communication technologies, continues to revolutionise industries. E-commerce and e-business are now a given in many industries, but many incumbent firms rooted in traditional business models struggle to figure out the new terms of competition. New start-ups using disruptive technology in combination with revolutionary business models not only threaten the incumbents in many of the traditional industries but create entirely new industries.

The goals of the module are for you to understand, critically evaluate, and apply:

  • The nature of information and communication technologies (ICTs)
  • Business opportunities arising from the changing landscape
  • Strategies and business models to exploit opportunities afforded by ICTs

This module can only be taken if also taking The Economics of Information and Intellectual Property.

Information, especially digital information, is different in many ways from other goods and services. Yet information is still subject to the laws of economics, and can be protected as intellectual property. The purpose of this module is to explore some of the economics of information and the different intellectual property approaches to protecting information.

We examine a variety of topics including: the pricing of information goods, network effects, multi-sided markets, standards, trademarks, patents, copyright and trade secrets. As such, this module teaches you how to think strategically about two of the fundamental underpinnings of the digital economy. The module will be centred on case discussions.

Summer electives

The Consulting Project will contribute to the development of your managerial potential by explaining and applying problem-solving techniques in complex and challenging business situations. The focus is on developing your skills in managing a real consulting project from inception to completion, drawing on your learnt knowledge and skills. The module will give you the opportunity to experience and operate in a real world situation.

This is an unsupervised project which allows students to develop an understanding of the tools and techniques needed to analyse a real business problem. Students will learn how to apply their knowledge from other modules to solve a business problem and integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills relevant to industry.

This one week module provides you with the opportunity to apply and test the knowledge and skills you have acquired during the programme, by participating in a sophisticated business simulation developed by a leading provider of business simulations and business games. The simulation imitates the real world business experience of running a major company in a competitive environment. The Business Simulation will show you how to put the management “pieces” together. You will use what you have learned in previous courses for a real objective – learning how to run a business profitably.

This one-week block module introduces you to the study of advanced analytical and computational methods to support effective and informed managerial decision-making based on data. The use of these methods will be illustrated with applications in diverse disciplines, including supply chain design and production planning, supplier selection, revenue management and finance.

This one-week block module is designed to help current and emerging leaders and owners of family business understand the special challenges of Family Enterprises and manage the strategic and personal challenges that are ever present in this form of business entity. Through a serious of lectures, case studies, activities, interactive presentations and discussions with a number of visiting family business owners sharing their experiences, you will have a rich experience in understanding the “how to” and the “how not to” of Family Enterprise.

This one-week block module provides you with an understanding of how buyers make buying decisions and how to organise seller activities to stay aligned with these expectations during the buying process. You will learn how to organise the sales function within a company, as well as understanding how to manage the organisation of sales and put the correct metrics in place to manage this function.

This module introduces students to Design Thinking and its main characteristics, guiding them through the disciplined process behind it in a step-by-step fashion. Design methodologies, innovation tools and cognitive frameworks for innovation will be critically discussed and practically applied.

Please note that it may not be possible to take all combinations of modules. Students will be advised about which combinations are possible when they register.

Please download the exchange fact sheet for more information

Career services

As an exchange student with Imperial College Business School, you will also have access to our Careers and Professional Development Service who will work with you to ensure that you receive the very best support, advice and guidance that is tailored to your own specific career needs.

Our Careers and Professional Development Service only serves the students at Imperial College Business School, and between the careers consultants, have many years of experience within industry along with contacts with School alumni.

Our service offers:

You’ll have access to our expert consultant, who will work with you to identify your skills and strengths, refine your CV, set up mock interviews and review your overall career strategy.

These modules will help you develop your career strategy, understand how to effectively market yourself and ultimately find a career that is right for you. The modules include hints and tips from recruiters and current students and will help to maximise your chance of finding your ideal job.
In our workshops, you will receive guidance on preparing CVs, cover letters and application forms. Not only will you be able to develop your interview and assessment centre skills, but you will also further your personal development through refining your presentation and networking skills as well as your cross-culture teamwork.

Our Employer Relations team bring you closer to employers by working with businesses across the global to increase the profile and employability of our students. They advertise job vacancies and maximise the opportunities for you to meet companies on campus through recruitment events, careers fairs, student clubs, projects and other networking activities.