Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Corporate Finance and Investment ACCFIN5218

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will provide students with a critical knowledge of tools, concepts and framework based on modern financial theory and will help develop a rigorous understanding of their real world application. This course will offer stimulating opportunities to synthesize theories and current research in corporate finance, specifically related to financing and investment decisions, with the aim of formulating strategies to resolve various issues in both domestic and international environments.


10 weeks, 2-hour teaching sessions and 7 x 1 hour tutorials

Requirements of Entry

Please refer to the current postgraduate prospectus at:

Excluded Courses

Foundations of International Corporate Finance (ACCFIN5203)

Corporate Finance (ACCFIN5205)

Corporate Finance and Valuation (ACCFIN5219)




25% Written Group Assignment and 75% Final Exam.

Intended Learning Outcomes




1-5 (One of the ILOs every year)


Group Written Assignment


3,500 words

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to develop skills to critically analyse real world complex scenarios with an emphasis on practically applying the concepts and theories of contemporary finance.  By exploring various strategic and competitive dimensions and complexities the real world entails, this course will provide a thorough understanding on how firms interact with capital markets, raise finances and appraise various investment opportunities to enhance firms' value.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Appraise the role of finance, the financial manager, and other corporate insiders in organisations.

2. Critically compare the interaction between organisations, investors and financial markets.

3. Critically assess market efficiency and its applications to long-term investments and financial decisions.

4. Appraise various sources of financing available to corporations. 

5. Critically assess various investment appraisal techniques for a range of corporate investment decisions.

6. Compose a comprehensive piece of academic work in groups on a pre-determined topic in the field of Corporate Finance.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.