Postgraduate taught 

International Financial Analysis MSc

Corporate Finance and Investment ACCFIN5218

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting 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 4 x 1 hour tutorials

Excluded Courses

Foundations of International Corporate Finance (ACCFIN5203)

Corporate Finance (ACCFIN5205)

Corporate Finance and Valuation (ACCFIN5219)




The course assessment comprises two components:

■ A 25% written group assignment completed collaboratively by the group members covering course contents. The assignment is designed to assess course ILO's according to the prevalence of ongoing topics each year to account for the dynamic finance environments and may involve more emphasis on a selection of ILOs at each course offering. The group assignment is considered an important milestone to develop collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills, which are all valuable skills for future careers and as a result the project has to be developed through even and dynamic contributions by all members.

■ A 75% Final Exam at the end of the semester covering course contents throughout the course:


Intended Learning Outcomes





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.