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BU4541 Financial Markets and the Corporate Sector

(15 ECTS credits)

Module Content/Outline:

This module examines theory and empirical evidence relating to the interaction between financial markets and the corporate sector. The module is divided into three broad areas:

  • corporate investment
  • capital markets
  • corporate financial structure.


Professor Jim Stewart

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Show a critical understanding of key concepts in finance
  • Show a deep understanding of the financing of firms over a financial cycle and across countries
  • Analyse current financial issues as they affect the firm
  • Apply module concepts learned to contemporary issues in finance
  • Evaluate in a critical way contemporary sources of financial information

Lectures &Tutorials/Contact hours:

2 Lectures per week
1 Seminar per week

Recommended Texts/Key Reading:

There is no overall recommended text rather the student is encouraged to read journal articles. However, several of the areas covered are discussed in a very accessible way in Brealey, Myers, and Allen (2011) Principles of Corporate Finance, 10th Ed.


Essays and Study Project work accounts for 22% of overall grade
1 X 3-hour examination - 78%

Dates for submission:

To be advised

Penalties for late submission:

Students unable to submit a term assignment for medical reasons must produce a medical certificate to the School of Business Studies office within three working days of the missed submission date. Certificates received after that time will not be accepted.


1 x 3-hour examination - 78%