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MN50498: Contemporary finance issues

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Seminar Paper (CW 75%)
  • Presentation (CW 25%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is only available to students who have completed all core units in Semester 1 of the MSc Finance, MSc Finance with Banking, or MSc Finance with Risk Management.
Description: Aims:
This is a seminar-based course that develops research skills by focusing on key issues in finance, financial management, and related subjects such as international finance and risk management.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the course students will be able to:
* Analyse and critique key research questions/problems in finance/financial management.
* Prepare and present a detailed research paper on a key topic.
* Effectively communicate research findings.

The course will develop a blend of intellectual and practical skills as follows:
Intellectual skills:
* Ability to apply theoretical knowledge and empirical evidence to the analysis of contemporary finance issues.
* Critical appraisal analysis of the relevant literature.
* Analysis and presentation of data/information.
Professional/transferrable skills:
* Independent research of complex finance issues.
* Oral and written communication presentation of complex phenomena.
* Ability to organise and manage work both individually and where relevant, in teams.

The course will cover a range of finance topics selected by students and could include, for example, the effectiveness of the efficient markets hypothesis; the importance of capital structure and the motives for risk management.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50498 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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