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Boost your career prospects by combining a Global MBA (Financial Management) or MA in Finance and Investment with the globally recognised CIMA qualification. This enables you to hone your business management and your accounting skills, all as part of one course.

You can also benefit from an exclusive offer that lets you study 2 executive certificates (worth £650) for free if you book 14 CIMA papers with LSBF powered by InterActive. Alternatively, if you book 12 CIMA papers you can study one certificate for free.

Studying this dual course via LSBF and InterActive means you will have round-the-clock access to an array of helpful study materials including HD-quality video lectures, tutor-marked mock exams, and personalised tutor support. You will graduate with two globally-respected qualifications and greatly improve your chances of standing apart from your peers in the eyes of the world's leading employers.

Benefits

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification is an internationally recognised mark of excellence in management accounting. It teaches you how to use financial information to make effective business decisions, and will greatly enhance your career and salary prospects.

Studying for a Global MBA (Financial Management) or MA in Finance and Investment will help you develop the management and leadership skills needed at the highest levels of the industry. You will gain unique insights into the world of business and finance, laying a foundation upon which you can build the career you have always aspired to.

 

The CIMA element of this dual programme helps you develop in-depth financial and business management skills. You will progress according to the CIMA syllabus which is detailed below:

CIMA syllabusread more
Certificate level:

C01 - Fundamentals of Management Accounting
C02 - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
C03 - Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
C04 - Fundamentals of Business Economics
C05 - Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law

Operational Level:

E1 Organisational Management
P1 Management Accounting
F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation
Integrated Case Study

Management Level:

E2 Project and Relationship Management
P2 Advanced Management Accounting
F2 Advanced Financial Reporting
Integrated Case Study

Strategic Level:

E3 Strategic Management
P3 Risk Management
F3 Financial Strategy
Integrated Case Study

Once you’ve passed all of your CIMA papers, you could be eligible for exemptions* from certain modules within the Global MBA (Financial Management) or MA in Finance and Investment syllabus. The modules studied during the second stage of the course will differ depending on whether you decide to study the Global MBA (Financial Management) or MA in Finance and Investment. Please see the standard syllabus of each course below.

The Global MBA (Financial Management) syllabus commences with 4 core modules followed by 2 specialist modules. The final part concludes with a research project which is part of your dissertation. Click below to find out more.

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4 core modules:

Marketing and Business Environment

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Critically evaluate and analyse the principles of marketing
  • Summarise and critically assess the key factors affecting business performance in international markets.
  • Critically analyse and appraise the impact of emerging issues on international marketing activities.
  • Analyse and combine elements of the marketing mix, and the role each element plays in achieving marketing objectives.
  • Evaluate the response of an organisation to global external forces.

Topics covered

  • Marketing Philosophy and Strategy I: Marketing and the Job of the Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Philosophy and Strategy II: A Strategic Marketing Framework
  • Analysis for Marketing Decisions I: Marketing Research and Analysing Consumer Behaviour
  • Marketing Decision Making I: New Product Development
  • Marketing Decision Making II: Product Decisions
  • Marketing Decision Making III: Pricing and Sales Promotion
  • Marketing Decision Making IV: Communications and Advertising Strategy
  • Marketing Decision Making V: Channels of Distribution (Direct Channels of Distribution: Personal Selling and Direct Marketing)
  • Marketing Decision Making VI: Customer Relationship Management
Accounting and Managerial Finance

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Summarise key principles, trends and tools in accounting and corporate finance.
  • Demonstrate effective approaches to the analysis of corporate finance structure and analysis of corporate financial statements using tools and techniques that are applicable
  • Assess the practical application of models and theories to decisions on corporate financing.
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of various types of financing.
  • Use internal and external financial information to appraise business performance

Topics covered

  • Introduction to financial statements I: Balance sheet and income statement
  • Introduction to financial statements II: Statement of movement in equity and cash flow statement
  • Introduction to financial statements III: Notes to the accounts and analysing financial statements
  • Financial management I: Investment decision; Traditional methods of investment appraisal
  • Financial management II: Investment decision; Discounted cash flow methods of investment appraisal
  • Financial management III: Financing decision; capital structure theories
  • Financial management IV: Financing decision; sources of finance
  • Financial management V: Financing decision; cost of capital
  • Financial management VI: Managerial; decision working capital and risk management
Systems and Operations Management

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Critically appraise how operations and information systems contribute to an organisation’s competitiveness and strategic direction
  • Evaluate the ‘competitive advantage Vs. necessary cost’ debate
  • Combine and evaluate complex IT related issues
  • Establish and implement effective operational decisions, with particular reference to change management
  • Describe and critically assess organisations from systems, information and business process perspectives.

Topics covered

  • Operations management I: Operations context and strategy
  • Operations management II: Operational functions in the provision of goods and services; Planning and control issues
  • Operations management III: Design of products, services and processes; Production Management: Plant and facilities management
  • Operations management IV: Processes: design, control and change management; Improvements in operations through quality; Understanding the nature of change and problems of implementation and control
  • Operations management V: Constraint Management
  • Operations management VI: Supply Chain Management
  • Organisations, Management, and the Networked Enterprise I: Information Systems in Global Business Today and Global E-Business and Collaboration
  • Organisations, Management, and the Networked Enterprise II: Information Systems, Organisations, and Strategy and Ethical and Social Issues in Information Systems
  • Key System Applications for the Digital Age I: Achieving Operational Excellence and Customer Intimacy: Enterprise Applications
  • Key System Applications for the Digital Age II: E-Commerce: Digital Markets, Digital Goods, Managing Knowledge and Enhancing Decision Making
Strategic Management and Leadership

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Evaluate the most relevant strategic management tools, techniques and concepts
  • Analyse strategic planning processes
  • Understand the decision-making process within complex organisations and environments
  • Apply and appraise the strategic approaches within various types of organisations
  • Assess current leadership innovations and developments and offer alternative responses related to strategy

Topics covered

  • Introduction to classic concepts of the strategic planning process
  • Corporate mission, vision value, and goal
  • Business Economics: the macroeconomic environment and microeconomic choices
  • Competitive strategies – cost-led and differentiated strategies
  • Organisational resources, cultures and competencies
  • Strategic development options and portfolio models
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Evaluating strategies and matching them to organisational capabilities
  • The relationship between business ethics and business strategy
  • Contemporary issues in strategic management
  • Competitive advantage through innovation
  • Strategic analysis of internal and external environment
  • Contemporary issues in strategic business management
  • Critical evaluation of strategic planning process
  • Ethics and strategic planning
  • Differentiating between management and leadership
  • Models of leadership

2 specialist modules:

Advanced Corporate Reporting

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Understand the professional and ethical duties of an accountant
  • Evaluate financial reporting conventions
  • Advise and report on financial performances
  • Prepare financial statements of groups of entities in accordance with relevant accounting standards and explain reporting issues relating to specialised entities
  • Discuss how changes in accounting regulation impact on financial reporting
  • Appraise financial performances and positions, and evaluate current developments

Topics covered

  • The Financial Reporting Framework
  • Reporting the Financial Performance of Entities
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Groups IV: Notes to the Accounts and MDA
  • Specialized Entities
  • Consideration of Changes in Accounting Regulation and their implication of Financial Reporting
  • The Appraisal of performance and position of Entities
Performance Management and Control

Learning outcomes

You will gain the ability to:

  • Identify and analyse principles and trends in performance measurement and control.
  • Determine the different budgeting techniques and critically evaluate their use in short term decision making
  • Analyse the current approach to performance measurement and control in a selected global organisation, and both create and appraise suggestions for improvement.
  • Appraise the application of performance criteria in ‘not for profit’ and ‘public sector’ organisations.
  • Evaluate the importance of the key elements in successful performance measurement and control

Topics covered

  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy I: Organizational Tensions to be managed and Basics for Successful Strategy.
  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy II: Organizing for Performance and Using Information for Performance Measurement and Control
  • Creating Performance Measurement System I: Building a Profit Plan
  • Creating Performance Measurement System II: Evaluating Strategic Profit Performance
  • Creating Performance Measurement System III: Designing Asset Allocation Systems and Linking Performance to Markets
  • Creating Performance Measurement System IV: Building a Balanced Scorecard
  • Creating Performance Measurement System V: Performance Prism
  • Creating Performance Measurement System VI: Other New Age Tools
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies I: Using Diagnostic and Interactive Control Systems Public Sector Organizations
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies II: Aligning Performance Goals and Incentives
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies III: Identifying and Managing Strategic Risk
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies IV: Levers of Control for Implementing Strategy

Final research project:

Integrative Research and Consultancy Project

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  1. Formulate a research proposal and design this into a workable research plan
  2. Design and manage a business critical independent applied research in their chosen discipline and present their findings, to a professionally acceptable standards
  3. Critically evaluate and analyse their findings, reporting on their conclusions in clear and acceptable standard in the form of an engagement report
  4. Synthesize theory in a practical context to evidence knowledge, understanding and transferrable skills with regards to the taught components of their studies

Topics covered

  • The nature of business and management research/consultancy
  • Formulating and clarifying the research/consultancy topic
  • The practice of management consulting
  • Negotiating a scope of work; developing a research proposal
  • Consulting as a profession; business research methods and practice;
  • Formulating the research design and negotiating access and research ethics
  • Understanding research philosophies and approaches
  • Critically reviewing the literature
  • Applicable models for consulting and research
  • Selecting samples and using secondary data
  • Collecting primary data through observation
  • Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews
  • Collecting primary data using questionnaires
  • Analysing quantitative data and qualitative data
  • Writing and presenting your project report

The MA in Finance and Investment syllabus is comprised of 3 core modules after which you will choose 3 elective modules. The course concludes with the final research and consultancy project. Please click below for further details.

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Core modules:

Business and Financial Analysis

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify rules and principles in the international accounting standards and financial regulations
  • Understand the core values in business that lead to a competitive advantage
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge in the sphere of business and financial analysis with a view to corporate evaluation
  • Critically assess businesses and accounting data and financial information available to make investment decisions
  • Discuss the link between current theory and common practice, and be able to organise appropriate evidence and reasoning to produce balanced analysis
  • Demonstrate problem solving and analytical approaches to provide effective business and financial decision-making

Topics covered:

  • Business Analysis I: Internal Analysis ;Value Chain, Audit and Competitive Advantage
  • Business Analysis II: External Analysis; PESTLE, SWOT and Five Forces
  • Business Analysis III: Competitive Strategy; Generic Strategies and SPACE Model, Stakeholder Analysis and Choices
  • The Basic Financial Statements I: The Balance Sheet
  • The Basic Financial Statements II: The Income Statement
  • The Basic Financial Statements III: The Statement of Cash Flows
  • The Basic Financial Statements IV: A Closer Look at Profits.
  • The Applications and Limitations of EBITDA.
  • The Reliability of Disclosure and Audits
  • Forecasts and Security Analysis: Forecasting Financial Statements.
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Credit
  • Financial Statement Analysis for Equity
Quantitative Methods and Financial Markets

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Design and apply quantitative tools in financial markets
  • Critically evaluate the changes that might occur if certain assumptions in the models used are changed
  • Compute basic valuation analysis for financial markets instruments
  • Evaluation of the inputs variables and their outputs in the use of quantitative tools in financial markets
  • Combine and evaluate findings and present same in a professional manner to a varied audience

Topics covered:

  • An Overview of the five main financial markets (Equity, Fixed income, Derivatives, Money Markets, and Alternative Investments)
  • The Time Value of Money and its application in the financial markets
  • Discounted Cash Flow Applications and their application in the financial markets
  • Statistical Concepts and Market Returns and their application in the financial markets
  • Probability Concepts and their application in the financial markets
  • Common Probability Distributions and their applications in the financial markets
  • Sampling and Estimation and its application in the financial markets
  • Hypothesis Testing and its application in the financial markets
  • Correlation and Regression and its application in the financial markets
  • Multiple Regression and Issues in Regression Analysis and their application and management in the context of the financial markets
  • Time-Series Analysis and its application to the financial markets
  • Portfolio Concepts and their application to the financial markets
Corporate Finance

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Summarise key principles and tools for financial decision-making
  • Compare various investment decision rules and apply the process of capital budgeting
  • Analyse the concept of corporate capital structure and compute cost of capital
  • Determine and critically evaluate the economic benefit of various types of financing
  • Explain the concept of risk management and analyse the role of derivative instruments in mitigating risks

Topics covered:

  • Corporate Governance and its impact on firm value
  • Capital Structure: The MM and other relevant theories
  • Measures of Leverage: Internal and External
  • Dividends and Share Repurchases Basics
  • Dividends and Share Repurchases: Analysis
  • Working Capital Management: Different approaches
  • Introduction to Portfolio Theory
  • Sources and Cost of Capital I:
  • Sources and Cost of Capital II:
  • Capital Budgeting I: Traditional Methods and Discounted Cash flow I
  • Capital Budgeting II: Discounted Cash flow approaches II
  • Capital Budgeting III: Advanced Approaches

Choose any 3 of the following elective modules:

Corporate Governance and Ethics

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Define governance and explain its function in the effective management and control of organisations and of the resources for which they are accountable
  • Evaluate the accountant’s role in risk management and internal control, including review and compliance
  • Explain the role of the accountant in identifying and assessing risk
  • Explain and evaluate the role of the accountant in controlling and mitigating risk
  • Demonstrate the application of professional values and judgement through an ethical framework that is in the best interests of society and the profession, in compliance with relevant professional codes, laws and regulations

Topics covered

  • Governance and responsibility I: The scope of governance, Agency relationships and theories and the board of directors
  • Governance and responsibility Ii: Board committees, Directors’ remuneration and Different approaches to corporate governance
  • Internal control and review i: Management control systems in corporate governance
  • Internal control and review II: Internal control, audit and compliance in corporate governance and Internal control and reporting
  • Internal control and review III: Management information in audit and internal control
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk I: Risk and the risk management process and Categories of risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk II: Identification, assessment and measurement of risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk III: Targeting and monitoring risk and Methods of controlling and reducing risk
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling risk IV: Risk avoidance, retention and modeling
  • Professional values and ethics I: Ethical theories and Different approaches to ethics and social responsibility
  • Professional values and ethics II: Professions and the public interest and Professional practice and codes of ethics
  • Professional values and ethics III: Conflicts of interest and the consequences of unethical behavior and Ethical characteristics of professionalism
Advanced Corporate Reporting

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Discuss the professional and ethical duties of the accountant evaluate the financial reporting framework
  • Advise on and report the financial performance of entities
  • Prepare the financial statements of groups of entities in accordance with relevant accounting standards and explain reporting issues relating to specialised entities
  • Discuss the implications of changes in accounting regulation on financial reporting
  • Appraise the financial performance and position of entities and evaluate current developments

Topics covered

  • The Financial Reporting Framework
  • Reporting the Financial Performance of Entities
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group of Entities I: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities II: Statement of Comprehensive Income
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Group Entities III: Statement of Cash flows
  • Financial Statements of Groups IV: Notes to the Accounts and MDA
  • Specialized Entities
  • Consideration of Changes in Accounting Regulation and their implication of Financial Reporting
  • The Appraisal of performance and position of Entities
Performance Management and Control

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse principles and trends in performance measurement and control
  • Determine the different budgeting techniques and critically evaluate their use in short term decision making
  • Analyse the current approach to performance measurement and control in a selected global organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of current practices
  • Critically appraise the application of performance criteria in ‘not for profit’ and ‘public sector’ organisations
  • Critically evaluate the relative importance of the key elements in successful performance measurement and control

Topics covered

  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy I: Organizational Tensions to be managed and Basics for Successful Strategy
  • Foundations for Implementing Strategy II: Organizing for Performance and Using Information for Performance Measurement and Control
  • Creating Performance Measurement System I:  Building a Profit Plan
  • Creating Performance Measurement System II: Evaluating Strategic Profit Performance
  • Creating Performance Measurement System III: Designing Asset Allocation Systems and Linking Performance to Markets
  • Creating Performance Measurement System IV: Building a Balanced Scorecard
  • Creating Performance Measurement System V: Performance Prism
  • Creating Performance Measurement System VI: Other New Age Tools
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies I: Using Diagnostic and Interactive Control Systems Public Sector Organizations
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies II: Aligning Performance Goals and Incentives
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies III: Identifying and Managing Strategic Risk
  • Achieving Profit Goals and Strategies IV: Levers of Control for Implementing Strategy
Equity and Fixed Income Investments

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Analyse and apply concepts and techniques to the valuation of equity and fixed income investment
  • Apply models derived from fundamental analysis to valuing equity and cash flow approaches to valuing fixed income investments
  • Identify and critically appraise the impact of the current global financial environment on equity valuation
  • Perform appropriate valuation analysis of private companies and identify and critically evaluate the relevance of issues in valuing private and public companies
  • Critically assess the use of fixed income securities in the investment process

Topics covered

  • Asset Valuation I: Equity Valuation Application and Processes
  • Asset Valuation II: Equity Markets and Instruments and Return Concepts
  • Industry and Global Analysis from a Qualitative Approach I: Equity Concepts and Techniques
  • Industry and Global Analysis from a Qualitative Approach II: The Five Forces that Shape Industry Competitions and its application to Equity Investments and Sustainability of returns
  • Discounted Dividend Valuation Model I: Present Value Models and The Dividend Discount model
  • Discounted Dividend Valuation Model II: The Gordon Growth Model and the Multi Stage Dividend Discount Model
  • Valuation Models and Contemporary Equity Valuation Techniques I: Free Cash Flow Models and Market Based Valuation Models
  • Valuation Models and Contemporary Equity Valuation Techniques II: Residual Income Valuation Models and Private Company Valuation
  • General Principles of Credit Analysis and The Term Structure and Interest rates volatility I: Credit Rating Agencies; What they do and The Traditional means of credit analysis
  • General Principles of Credit Analysis and The Term Structure and Interest rates volatility II: Historical and Contemporary review of the yield curve and Theories of the term structure of Interest rates and their practical applications
  • Bonds as Fixed Income Securities and Valuation of Bonds I: Valuation of Bonds without embedded Options
  • Bonds as Fixed Income Securities and Valuation of Bonds II: Valuation of Bonds with Embedded Options
Derivatives and Alternative Investments

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Value derivative and alternative investment instruments
  • Demonstrate through an application of various strategies how these instruments are used to create or enhance value (or in some case destroy value) on a strategy basis
  • Evaluate the applicable strategies in derivatives and alternative investments showing evidence of insights
  • Critically analyse derivatives and alternative investment strategies and proffer alternative strategies considering the various pay-offs
  • Write and present “senior management level” report on their findings in an advisory position status

Topics covered

  • Forwards and Futures Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types, Pricing and Valuation of forwards
  • Forwards and Futures Financial Instruments and Markets II:  Types, Pricing and valuation of futures instruments in the futures markets
  • Options Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types of Options
  • Options Financial Instruments and Markets II:  Pricing and valuation of swaps
  • Swaps Financial Instruments and Markets I: Types of Swaps
  • Swaps Financial Instruments and Markets II: Pricing and valuing swaps
  • Derivatives Instruments Designed on Interest Rates and Enhancing Return I: Interest Rate Futures, Interest Rate Options, Interest Rate Swaps, Caps and Floors
  • Derivatives Instruments Designed on Interest Rates and Enhancing Return II: Credit Derivative Strategies
  • Alternative Investments I: Open and close ended funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFS)
  • Alternative Investments I: Hedge Funds
  • Alternative Investments I: Real Estate Investments
  • Alternative Investments I: Commodities and Metals Investments
M&A and Private Equity

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse the relative importance of different types of drivers of M&A and private equity
  • Identify value creation and critically assess the success or otherwise of a range of M&A transactions and private equity
  • Analyse the current M&A and private equity strategies of a selected global organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of current practices
  • Critically evaluate the relative importance of the key elements in successful M&A and private equity transactions
  • Perform critical analysis of comparative issues in M&A and private equity

Topics covered

  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods I: Comparable Companies Analysis and Precedent Transaction Analysis 1
  • &A And Private Equity Valuation methods I: Comparable Companies Analysis and Precedent Transaction Analysis 2
  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods II: Discounted Cash flow Analysis 1
  • M&A And Private Equity Valuation methods II: Discounted Cash flow Analysis 2
  • Leveraged Buy Outs I: Leveraged Buy Out Process
  • Leveraged Buy Outs II: LBO Analysis 1
  • Leveraged Buy Outs II: LBO Analysis 2
  • Mergers and Acquisitions I: Basics
Money and Foreign Exchange Markets

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and value foreign exchange market instruments
  • Design strategies to hedge risk using instruments identified in money and exchange markets
  • Identify clients or financing needs and recommend the right money market instruments for the clients or principals
  • Critically evaluate strategies designed around money and foreign exchange market instruments
  • Write reports on an advisory basis recommending the most appropriate strategy designed around foreign exchange and money market instruments

Topics covered

  • Money Markets I: An Overview of the Money Markets
  • Money Markets II: Systemic Risks, Moral Hazards, Treasury Bills and Discounting Treasury Bills
  • Money Markets III: US Commercial Paper and Credit Risk on USCP, Bankers’ Acceptances and The Eurocurrency Markets
  • Money Markets IV: Eurocurrency Loans and Deposits, Eurocurrency Interest and Day-Count and Eurocurrency Certificates of Deposit.
  • Money Markets V: CD Yield-to-Maturity, Euro-Commercial Paper
  • Money Markets VI: Repos and Reverses, Other Features of Repos and Repo: Case Study.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market I: Market Overview and Market Structure
  • The Foreign Exchange Market II: Sterling and Euro Quotations and Factors Affecting Spot FX Rates
  • The Foreign Exchange Market III: FX Dealers and Brokers and Spot Foreign Exchange Deals.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market IV: Spot FX Trading, Spot Position Keeping and FX Risk Control
  • The Foreign Exchange Market V: Cross-Currency Rates, Outright Forward FX Rates and Outright Forward FX Hedge: Case Study.
  • The Foreign Exchange Market VI: Forward FX Formula, FX or Forward Swaps and FX Swap Two-Way Quotations
International Retail Banking

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Describe and critically analyse the management challenges facing banking institutions
  • Evaluate the profitability and performance of banks during the lending cycle
  • Critically evaluate the efficiency of asset-liability techniques and hedging against risks
  • Assess the main issues and challenges facing banking groups in the management of their liquidity and capital requirements
  • Produce logical arguments that clearly explain and analyse key strategic decisions in the context of changing regulation

Topics covered

  • The financial system and the function of banks I: Economics of money, banking and financial markets
  • The financial system and the function of banks II: Organization and structure of banking and financial services industry
  • Regulation of the banking industry I: The impact of government policy and regulation on banking and financial services industry
  • Regulation of the banking industry II: The impact of Basel 2 and 3 agreements in terms of capital requirements
  • Basic Bank Business Model I: The Different Businesses with the Retail Banking
  • Basic Bank Business Model II: Performance Measurement
  • Financial analysis of banking institution I: Financial statements of banks and their closest competitors
  • Financial analysis of banking institution II:Measuring the performance of banks and managing their liquidity positions
  • Corporate and marketing strategies in banking I: Management of deposit and non-deposit liability - Sources of fee income
  • Corporate and marketing strategies in banking II: Consumer loans, credit cards and real estate lending - Lending to business firms and pricing business loans
  • Managing banks in a global market place I.M&A in financial services management
  • Managing banks in a global market place II: International banking and the future of financial services industry
Financial Risk Management

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Describe and analyse the inherent challenges and risks facing banking institutions
  • Critically evaluate the pricing, profitability and credit risks taken during the lending cycle
  • Evaluate the nature of market and operational risk
  • Explain and compare the challenges facing banking groups in the management of assets and liabilities
  • Clearly and concisely explain, analyse and evaluate, using logical arguments, the key strategic issues in management of risk in financial institutions

Topics covered

  • Interest Rate Risk Exposure I: Interest Risk Measurement
  • Interest Rate Risk Exposure II: Funds, Hedge Funds, Financial Institutions and how they manage individual interest rate risk and portfolio approach
  • Market Risk I: Typologies of Market Risk
  • Market Risk II: Market Risk Measurement and Management
  • Credit Risk I: Retail Banking and Credit Risk Management
  • Credit Risk II: Corporate and Wholesale market approach to credit risk management
  • Operation Risk `Management I: Basel approach to Operational Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Management II: Different assessment methodologies
  • Liquidity risk and asset-liability management I: Traditional measurement approach
  • Liquidity risk and asset-liability management II: New Basel requirements
  • Basel: Basel II: A Closer Examination
  • Basel: Basel III: the different approach?
Fundamentals of Islamic Finance

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse principles and trends in Islamic banking
  • Determine and critically evaluate the key differences between Islamic banking and conventional banking
  • Analyse the current application of Islamic Finance principles in the relevant department of a selected global banking organisation, and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of these practices
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of various types of banking system
  • Identify and critically assess the range of roles, skills and responsibilities needed for effective management of corporate governance in Islamic Banking

Topics covered

  • Induction to Islam and Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance I: Key concepts of Sharia’a, the Quran, the Sunnah, ijma’, Qiyas, ijtihad of Islamic law and the authorities for interpreting the Quran.
  • Induction to Islam and Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance II: The main sources for application of Islamic Guidance to commerce. The concepts underlying Islamic finance. The historical development of modern finance and banking
  • Financial techniques in Islamic Banks I: The distinction between a traditional bank and an Islamic bank and the operation of current accounts under Sharia’a conditions
  • Financial techniques in Islamic Banks II: The Islamic banking model and the challenges it presents
  • Financial Statements for Islamic Banks I: The conceptual framework of OFRS/IAS
  • Financial Statements for Islamic Banks II: The need for Islamic accounting standards and The role and responsibilities of AAOIFI
  • Islamic Corporate Governance I: The reasons for Islamic banks presenting different corporate governance challenges to conventional banks
  • Islamic Corporate Governance II:The role of the Sharia’a supervisory board in the corporate governance and how RIAH and UIAH works in corporate governance
  • Islamic Bond Market and Islamic Co-operative Insurance I: The difference between conventional and Islamic securities will be introduced. Application of the Mudaraba Sukuk, the Ijara Sukuk, and Salam Sukuk
  • Islamic Bond Market and Islamic Co-operative Insurance II: The position of Islam regarding insurance. The three models for understanding and managing the investments of the Takaful
Islamic Banking Operations

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse principles and trends in Islamic portfolio management.
  • Determine and critically evaluate the key differences between the Islamic banking operations
  • Analyse the current approach to Islamic portfolio investment in a selected organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of investing in the Islamic world
  • Identify and critically assess the range of roles, skills and responsibilities needed for effective management of a portfolio in Islamic Finance.

Topics covered

  • Islamic Banking Operations I: Outline of the Conventional Banking System
  • Islamic Banking Operations II: Deposit and Resource Mobilisation by Islamic Banks (Liability Side)
  • Islamic Banking Operations III: Deposit and Resource Mobilisation by Islamic Banks (Liability Side)
  • Islamic Banking Operations IV: Financing by Islamic Banks (Asset Side)
  • Islamic Banking Operations VI:  Islamic Financial Markets and Instruments
  • Islamic Banking Operations VII:  Islamic Financial Markets and Instruments
  • Islamic Banking Operations VIII: Venture Capital under the Islamic Financial System
  • Islamic Banking Operations V: Islamic Banks Services and Fee-based Operations
  • Cooperation between Conventional and Islamic Banks
  • Islamic Banking Operations IX: Venture Capital under the Islamic Financial System
  • Islamic Banking Operations X: Islamic Funds and Unit Trusts
  • Islamic Banking Operations XI: Securitisation and Sukuk
  • Islamic Banking Operations XII: Securitisation and Sukuk
Islamic Portfolio Management

Learning outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse principles and trends in Islamic portfolio management.
  • Determine and critically evaluate the key differences between the Islamic securities market and the conventional securities market.
  • Analyse the current approach to Islamic portfolio investment in a selected organisation and critically appraise suggestions for improvement of current practices
  • Critically evaluate the economic benefits of investing in a portfolio in the Islamic world
  • Assess the range of skills needed for effective management of a portfolio in Islamic Finance

Topics covered

  • Financial instruments and markets and an Introduction to portfolio management I
  • Financial instruments and markets and an Introduction to portfolio management II
  • Understanding and applying passive asset allocation I
  • Understanding and applying passive asset allocation II
  • Understanding and applying active portfolio management I
  • Understanding and applying active portfolio management II
  • Islamic law of contract and Hedging/ Islamic portfolio insurance I
  • Islamic law of contract and Hedging/ Islamic portfolio insurance II
  • Islamic Asset and Fund Management and Islamic Portfolio management in practice I
  • Islamic Asset and Fund Management and Islamic Portfolio management in practice II
  • Globalization and Challenges for Islamic Finance
  • Corporate Governance in Islamic Finance

Final research project:

Integrative Research and Consultancy Project

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Formulate a research proposal and design this into a workable research plan
  • Design and manage a business critical independent applied research in their chosen discipline and present their findings, to a professionally acceptable standards
  • Critically evaluate and analyse their findings, reporting on their conclusions in clear and acceptable standard in the form of an engagement report
  • Synthesize theory in a practical context to evidence knowledge, understanding and transferrable skills with regards to the taught components of their studies

Topics covered

  • The nature of business and management research/consultancy
  • Formulating and clarifying the research/consultancy topic
  • The practice of management consulting
  • Negotiating a scope of work; developing a research proposal
  • Consulting as a profession; business research methods and practice;
  • Formulating the research design and negotiating access and research ethics
  • Understanding research philosophies and approaches
  • Critically reviewing the literature
  • Applicable models for consulting and research
  • Selecting samples and using secondary data
  • Collecting primary data through observation
  • Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews
  • Collecting primary data using questionnaires
  • Analysing quantitative data and qualitative data
  • Writing and presenting your project report
  • CIMA qualification is open to everyone 18 and older with proficiency in mathematics and English language. Your entry route, however, will differ according to the qualifications you already have.
  • If you have no formal education in business or finance, you should start by studying the Certificate in Business Accounting. This provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of management accounting, and may serve you either as a certificate on its own or as a first step for reaching your CIMA Qualification.
  • If you hold a relevant undergraduate, postgraduate or professional qualification, you may be eligible for exemptions from some CIMA papers. Please view exemptions on the CIMA official website in this case.
  • It is your responsibility to prove to CIMA that their entry/ exemption requirements are met, and to register to for the CIMA examinations directly.

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In order to become CIMA certified you must complete 15 papers. The duration of your studies will depend on how many papers you have left to sit.

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