Overview

Who is it for?

This degree is designed for ambitious students with interest in the area of corporate finance and strong quantitative background. You aim to work for a top international or a global firm as a finance executive. You are interested in questions such as: How do managers choose which new projects to launch and which to abandon? Do mergers and acquisitions increase or destroy firm value? How do you spot good investment opportunities in the stock market? What do hedge funds and investment banks do?

The degree will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the rapidly changing global landscape of corporate finance.

Objectives

This MSc degree is designed to satisfy your drive to understand how companies manage their investment and financing decisions. In your studies, you will examine questions such as: how financial markets work and how companies access them to finance their operations, what IPOs and mergers and acquisitions are and how they help increase firm value, how to value financial products, such as stocks and derivatives.

Your studies will encompass practical and up-to-date teaching on how the modern corporate finance world works from top academics and practitioners from the City of London. You will graduate fully equipped for a successful career within corporate finance departments of leading global and international corporations, top investment and commercial banks, and family firms.

Unique features of this course are:

  • The course offers core modules on Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity and Risk Management
  • Tuition from 'practitioner' professors who discuss how theory works in the real world
  • A choice from over 15 finance related electives including international electives in New York, Madrid  and Dubai
  • All teaching done at Cass Business School's location in the heart of London's financial district
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with top finance and business leaders during guest lectures and seminars organised at Cass Business School
  • Support from one of London’s best Careers’ Office to find your dream job
  • Students on the MSc in Corporate Finance are able to apply for an additional year's study at LUISS or Bocconi business schools in Italy.

Structure

What will you learn

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of corporate finance, as well as financial markets, institutions and instruments
  • Understand and critically evaluate current issues in corporate finance from IPOs to debt markets
  • Formulate corporate finance decisions aimed at delivering returns to shareholders and delivering superior ROI
  • Analyse factors affecting the global flows of corporate finance
  • Learn how to network with peers and senior finance professionals in the City of London.

Assessment methods

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • nine core courses (15 credits each)

and either

  • five electives (10 credits each)
  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)
  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Corporate Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The MSc in Corporate Finance course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, including:

  • an introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for. The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Term dates

Term dates 2018/19

In-person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018

Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018

Term I
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019

Term II
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019

Term III
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test  will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2019

Official Course End Date
30 September 2019

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Dr Pawel Bilinski

Director of the Centre for Financial Analysis and Reporting Research

The teaching staff on the MSc in Corporate Finance have many years of practical experience working in industry and are also active researchers in their fields

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the master's degree.

Other module leaders include:

Application

How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)

Documents which may follow at later date

  • IELTS/GMAT result
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two references
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.

Some level of previous study or evidence of skills in finance or quantitative methods is essential.

GMAT

Highly recommended.

A well-balanced score in the range of 600-800 will significantly strengthen your application

English language requirements

The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.

Fees

UK/EU/International £28,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Graduates from the MSc in Corporate Finance move into a diverse range of financial careers including:

  • Corporate finance departments at global, international and family firms (e.g. Coca Cola, Unilever, Sinopec, Tata Motors, China Mobile, Ford, SAIC Motor, Marks and Spencer, BP)
  • Investment banking and commercial banking (e.g. JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, RBS, China Construction Bank, China Development Bank)
  • Management consultancy (e.g. Accenture, IBM, McKinsey)
  • Securities sales and trading desks at major finance firms, foreign exchange desks, hedge funds, private banking, asset management, credit products, financial and credit risk management consultancy.

Typical jobs for our graduates include; Finance Executive, Analyst, Banking Associate, Consultant, Corporate Banking Analyst, Fund manager, Fund Accountant, Investment Banking Analyst, Investment Manager, M&A Associate, Management Consultant, Operations Specialist, Project Assistant, Project Coordinator, Project Manager.

They have worked in locations from Baku to Bangkok, Beijing, Milan, Nairobi, New Delhi, and Stockholm.

View data from our Graduate Destination Survey (pdf) from 2015

Course information and statistics

Diploma/ certificate
4th
in the UK (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2017)
Man
23
average age of student body
Globe
23
nationalities in 17/18 cohort
Diploma/ certificate
20th
globally (FT Masters in Finance Ranking 2017)

Accreditation

Successfully obtaining the MSc allows exemption from the exams of several following professional bodies.

See accreditation details

CIMA

CIMA is the world’s leading, and largest, professional body of management accountants. Our unique blend of management accounting, financial accounting and business-focused subjects produces competent and confident CGMAs who can lead their organisations to sustainable success.

Students successfully completing the MSc in Corporate Finance will be awarded exemptions from the following modules:

  • C02: Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • C03: Fundamentals of Business Mathematics
  • F2: Advanced Financial Reporting
  • F3: Financial Strategy

ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. We support our 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills needed by employers. We work through a network of 100 offices and centres and 7,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development.

Students successfully completing the MSc in Corporate Finance will be awarded exemptions from the following modules:

  • F1: Accountant in Business
  • F2: Management Accounting
  • F3: Financial Accounting

CFA programme partner

The CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, recognises the rigour and the relevance of the MSc in Corporate Finance and has awarded this course partner status. CFA Programme Partner status is awarded to a select number of universities around the world whose degree courses incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge. The CFA Programme is the essential qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in the finance sector and the CFA Institute recognises the MSc in Corporate Finance as strong preparation for their professional exams.

Cass students on CFA partner courses have the option of taking some additional preparatory classes for the CFA exams. They also have access to CFA study materials (including an online Level 1 sample exam) and complimentary access to Financial Newsbrief, a daily investment brief by the CFA. In addition, there is the opportunity to take part in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge.

Each year 5 CFA scholarships are available to Cass students, offering financial assistance with the CFA exam registration fees.