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MA in Finance and Investment (Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity)

Next intake:
  • December 2014
Duration:
  • Minimum: 18 months
  • Maximum: 3 years
Fees:
  • £7500
  • For information about our instalment plans or applying for a partial bursary please fill in the enquiry form on the right

The MA in Finance and Investment (Mergers, Acquisition and Private Equity) is a challenging online programme that is designed for those wishing to stimulate career advancement in the fields of M&A and Private Equity. Studying with the London School of Business and Finance (powered by InterActive) allows you to earn your qualification at a time and pace that is convenient for you. 

At the London School of Business and Finance (powered by InterActive) there is an emphasis on practical teaching and training, which can be easily applied in the workplace. The MA in Finance and Investment (Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity) programme introduces you to the core finance and investment frameworks, and focuses on developing your expertise in organisational mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic financial decision-making, while complying with corporate and ethical standards.

Read through the main learning outcomes of the programmeread more

This programme will enable you to gain valuable competencies, such as to:

  • Get hands on expertise in financial statement preparation
  • Application and evaluation of quantitative methods while assessing investment finance
  • Effective investment and financial decision making supporting profit creation and risk minimisation
  • Analyse the importance of organisational mergers and acquisitions, utilising relevant financial and business analysis
  • Critically evaluate investment and financial decision-making, and its consequences both domestically and internationally
  • Know and apply corporate governance requirements and ethical issues

Your education will be facilitated though the unique InterActive learning platform, providing you with a wide range of tools such as:

  • Case studies in HD quality video lectures with downloadable notes covering the full programme syllabus
  • Monthly live online chat sessions with your tutor, mentor and classmates to facilitate your learning
  • Online tutor support via forums and discussion groups
  • Lecture notes and revision kits to enhance your learning
  • Self-assessed mock assignments
  • Additional online resources such as libraries and e-journals provided by the London School of Business and Finance.

Start studying today and take the next step in your professional development with the online MA Finance and Investment (Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity).

 
 

The structure of the MA in Finance and Investment (Mergers, Acquisition and Private Equity) helps create professionals with the expertise to see opportunities and make successful deals in the constantly changing business environment. The programme capitalises on practical expertise in providing financial analysis, evaluating financial markets, corporate finance as well as corporate governance and ethics, M&A and private equity, and advanced corporate finance.

The programme will start with core modules that introduce you to the key concepts in finance. There are 3 specialist modules equipping you with expertise in your desired field (3 core and 3 specialist modules in total). Upon completion of these, you can progress to the Integrative Research and Consultancy Project. Please view module contents by clicking below.

Postgraduate Certificate in Finance and Investment Managementread more
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 Finance 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
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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
Mergers, Acquisitions 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
  • M&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
Advanced Corporate Finance

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse principles and trends in advanced corporate finance
  • Determine and evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of discounted cash flow and cash flow evaluation methods in financial management and uncertainty in projects
  • Demonstrate in-depth and systemic knowledge in advanced corporate finance.
  • Critically evaluate the relative economic and strategic benefits of treasury risk management and enhancing value

Topics covered

  • Topics in Capital Budgeting II: Types of Real Options
  • Topics in Advanced Capital Budgeting I: Valuation of real options
  • Special Financing Decision I: Raising equity and debt capital in global markets
  • Special Financing Decision II: the cost of capital in emerging markets
  • Special Investment Decision I: Foreign Direct Investments
  • Special Investment Decision II
  • Treasury Risk Management I
  • Treasury Risk Management II
  • Corporate Liquidity Issues
  • Corporate Restructuring II
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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

Please note: you can only graduate with one award (the highest level achieved), and it will only be issued once you have formally completed your studies.

 
 
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