Corporate Finance

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
25 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N39012 Finance and Investment,
MSC N39024 Finance and Investment,
MSC N30212 Finance and Management

Module description

The module provides a standard introduction of the field of corporate finance at the postgraduate level.

The first part of this module looks at the classical areas of Modigliani-Miller irrelevance, Taxes and capital structure, Trade-off theory and Pecking order theory of capital structure. The second part looks at the more modern areas, which are essentially based on contract theory. Here we look at agency based models and asymmetric information based models of corporate finance.

The final part looks at empirical evidence - some time will be allocated to the area of financial constraints - and if time permits, some special topics in corporate finance such as corporate restructuring (mergers, takeovers, workouts, buyouts etc).

Module aims

The module aims primarily to introduce students to the roles of agency costs and information asymmetries in corporate financial decision making.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Understand, demonstrate knowledge of, and solve problems related to capital structure

2. understand, demonstrate knowledge of, and solve problems related to agency costs and information cost of financing

3. understand, demonstrate knowledge of and solve problems related to financial constraints and various topics covered in the lectures

Module information

The module will teach students communication skills and problem solving skills, in particular how to structure and break down a large problems into smaller manageable bits.

Learning and teaching methods

This Module is normally delivered through; There will be a double lecture and a single tutorial each week. In academic year 2020-2021 the delivery is likely to be different and involve online learning.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Written Exam  In-class Test     100% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%


Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Norvald Instefjord, email:
Norvald Instefjord & Yiwei Li



External examiner

Dr Nikolaos Papanikolaou
Bournemouth University
Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance
Available via Moodle
Of 34 hours, 22 (64.7%) hours available to students:
12 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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