SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Corporate finance

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Term 2

This course is concerned with the decisions that firms make about financing their investment in productive capital. You will study the principles underlying such decision-making, their application and debates over them in relation to the modern literature. This is a core course for FFL students and an elective one for International Management students.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

This course will enable students to:

  • Understand modern principles of corporate finance
  • Evaluate the validity of modern principles of corporate finance
  • Apply the principles of corporate finance to actual problems in the form of case studies


This module consists of a 2-hour weekly lecture over 10 weeks of term plus a revision lecture in term 3 as preparation for the final examination. Students will be supplied with a syllabus with a breakdown week by week of required and additional reading. Reading materials are usually accessed electronically from the BLE and students should come to class prepared.

This module also has a weekly 1-hour tutorial where the questions posed by the tutor relevant to the lecture are explored and discussed by the students. Students also prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Total Work load:
Students on this module will have 3 taught hours each week. Additionally, adequate personal study time should be allocated for reading and class preparation.

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is in three elements:

  1. One tutorial presentation at 10%
  2. One essay of 2,500 words at 30%
  3. One unseen 2-hour written examination at 60%

All elements except the presentation may be resubmitted


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