SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Financial strategy

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Term 1

The module is designed to enable students to learn the nature of financial strategy in market economies and discuss its role within different types of market economies. It aims to teach the main techniques used in the different financial decisions facing firms in formulating financial strategy, to ensure that students can apply them, critically evaluate them, and assess the problems experienced in firms’ use of them.

This module is a prerequisite for any of the following Term 2 courses:

  • Finance in China 151030013
  • Finance in Japan and Korea 151030021
  • Finance in the Middle East and North Africa 151030022

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of this module students should be able to:

  • Understand the role of financial choices in corporate strategy;
  • Understand the principles underlying financial decision making in firms;
  • Evaluate the principles in the light of evidence on firms’ financial strategies and decisions;
  • Apply principles to financial strategy in actual case studies;
  • Compare firms’ financial strategies across countries and historic periods;
  • Critically discuss the problems and limitations of financial strategy techniques.

Method of assessment

This module is assessed by 30% written coursework and 70% by one two hour examination

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