Tailor your learning with electives
Electives allow you to personalise your programme to match your own interests. You will take either three (if you do the Research Project) or four (if you do the Applied Project) from the following elective modules.
All students will be required to take at least one key elective.
Advanced Financial Accounting
It is a fundamental precept of this module that any corporation can be valued, albeit imprecisely in some cases. The module examines more advanced issues in financial accounting; international comparisons, pension provision and consolidation of accounts following business combinations. This sets the basis for the financial valuation models addressed later in the module.
Banks, Regulation and Monetary Policy
In this elective you will analyse banks’ main risks and activities on both their assets and liabilities, including off-balance sheet risks and financial globalisation, with special emphasis on the effects and implications of bank regulation and monetary policy. You will also study issues such as the determinants and consequences of financial crises and come to understand interactions between financial globalisation and banks.
This module introduces students to those skills by examining the entire deal making process: from the initial stage of identifying a suitable target to undertaking due diligence on it, and from the legal structuring of a transaction to how its terms are both negotiated and then documented. Best practice and common pitfalls to avoid are explored. The module is heavily focused on “how to” make a deal happen.
Corporate Governance and Stewardship
The objective of the module is threefold. First, to give students an introduction to current corporate governance practice. The main issues in corporate governance and stewardship that are discussed among policymakers, corporations, investors and scholars from law, finance and economics will also be covered. The topics will be discussed from an international comparative perspective. Second, to familiarize students with analytical tools used by corporate governance analysts. Third, to illustrate how practical corporate governance and stewardship challenges, like crises, mismanagement or activist shareholder interventions can be addressed and resolved.
Corporate Law and Corporate Tax Strategy
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.
Mergers and Acquisitions
This module provides a basic framework for analysing corporate acquisitions, mergers and restructurings in an international setting. You will analyse all the essential elements of the acquisition process.
Private Equity and Venture Capital
This elective allows you to apply key principles of private equity and venture capital to the financing of leveraged buyouts and early-stage ventures. The elective teaches students how to apply what they have learned in class to real life work situations by inviting inspiring speakers to present on campus throughout the module. The guest speakers come from various areas in the industry and discuss how they make transactions in real-life and what their roles entail on a daily basis.
I have acquired a strong basis of Private Equity & Venture Capital and a comprehensive view on the topic. I learned that it’s not always a matter of technical skills in this field but that the human element is very important.
Maria Vittoria Moschini
MSc Finance & Accounting 2017-18
Real Estate Investment
This new module is an introduction to real estate investment analysis from the perspective of an investor. It emphasises both the teaching of the theory of real estate investment and real estate markets as well as teaching the practical methods and their implementation as used in a modern professional investment context.
Advanced Company Valuation
This module addresses the value creation process and examines the validity and limits of value creation in the context of corporate restructuring. You will analyse traditional valuation models and combine different pricing frameworks in valuing a number of entities with different investment and financing characteristics. The module is highly participative and the extensive use of real-world cases guides you through the theory and application of valuation models highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.
Advanced Financial Statistics
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.
Corporate Finance for Practitioners (international elective)*
This international elective allows you to experience finance in a different economy. It is taught in two parts with the first part delivered online and the second part is an international study trip. Traditional lectures will be complemented by guest speakers, company visits and experiential learning activities. The previous cohort travelled to Dubai for an intensive study experience in the capital of an emerging economy.
There will be an additional cost for taking this elective, which is reviewed on an annual basis.
*Subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions
Enterprise Risk Management
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.
This course provides an introduction to the main issues involved in insurance markets. Issues covered include the drivers of demand and supply for general insurance and life insurance, the limits of insurability and how scoring and auditing can help insurers to fight claims fraud.
Foreign exchange (FX) is not only the most heavily traded of all financial assets, it has the clearest interface between macroeconomics and finance. This module will introduce you to the main theoretical models used to understand FX markets as well as in-depth analysis of their work.
Structured Credit and Equity Products
This module provides an in-depth analysis of credit and equity derivative products. We focus on corporate derivatives and cover the most important products, which serve as building blocks for structuring customised and sophisticated products.
Innovation and Strategy in FinTech
This elective offers a series of topics on fintech innovation including block chain and its applications, digital payments and financial inclusion, and technology and infrastructure solutions.
Wealth Management and Alternative Investments
Blockchain and Crypto Assets
This module is designed to explore the key mechanisms and features of blockchains and distributed ledgers. Students will also learn how to implement business processes and represent traditional financial assets on a distributed platform.
The module will cover core aspects of the technology—cryptography, consensus protocols, peer-to-peer networking—with particular reference to Bitcoin. Enhancements of the Bitcoin core protocol and features of other crypto assets will also be discussed.
A more practical part of the course will feature hands-on sessions on how to implement smart contracts and code business logic on a permissioned blockchain.
The module will make extensive use of demos for a deeper understanding of the platforms and may feature guest speakers. Prior experience in programming is recommended but not required.
Electives available and course outlines are subject to change. Imperial College Business School reserves the right to alter courses whenever they need to be amended or improved. Faculty may also change as and when required.