CORPORATE FINANCE

Fast-Track MBA Subject

Subject Summary

Master the art of making astute financial business decisions with Corporate Finance and the AIB MBA. This specialist finance subject provides an integrated framework and analytical tools that senior managers can use to make effective financial decisions to improve firm value.

This subject provides an in-depth understanding of how to estimate financial needs, compare various sources of corporate finance, allocate financial resources and raise or select the most appropriate funding avenue. It blends practical knowledge and theoretical underpinnings, guiding you towards new developments and how to tackle challenges of the contemporary corporate world.

Your understanding of the relevance of corporate finance will continue to grow as you work through topics such as advanced capital budgeting techniques, the optimal mix of debt and equity, the valuation of different types of securities, whether firms should pay dividends and/or repurchase shares, and different forms of mergers and acquisitions.

After 8 weeks of learning, you’ll finesse the skills to support a flourishing career in finance, business startups or senior management, and to make sound personal investment decisions.

AIB Subject Code9006CFIN
QualificationsMBA (General)
MBA (Finance)
AQF LevelLevel 9
Delivery100% online
Subject Length8 weeks
Prerequisite SubjectsFinancial Management
Start Dates2024 MBA Timetable

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Subject Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  • Use relevant theories, policies and tools to critically analyse contemporary corporate finance issues.
  • Appraise and design financial strategies and policies to sustainably maximise the value of an entity.
  • Effectively communicate ethical financial business decisions and recommendations to stakeholders.
Key Topics
  • Advanced capital investment decisions
  • Valuation of bonds and common stocks
  • Capital structure policy and payout policy
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Contemporary developments in corporate finance

Assessment

In Corporate Finance, students engage in two assessments that focus on practical financial analysis and decision-making. The first assessment involves producing a report valuing securities using different valuation models and evaluating projects using capital budgeting techniques, incorporating a mix of quantitative and non-quantitative factors. This is followed by a written policy paper in the second assessment, where the payout policy, capital structure policy, and mergers and acquisitions policy of a chosen publicly listed company are examined. The focus is on applying financial concepts and theories to real-world scenarios, enabling students to make informed recommendations and understand the impact of current events on corporate finance decisions.

Studying an MBA (Finance) has definitely contributed to the value proposition I’m able to offer potential employers. Committing to study an MBA shows employers that you are a long-term thinker and you have the ability to utilise unique strategic, analytical and financial skills to help take the organisation forward. 

How you will learn

100% Online MBA Learning

Our innovative Student Learning Portal is your ultimate digital resource for everything you’ll need to successfully complete this subject and your online MBA, with the flexibility to access your learning materials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia on any device. You’ll engage with fellow students and have key concepts explained by your Online Facilitators in webinars and forums.

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AIB supports your success

When you study with AIB, you’ll be supported by our skilful team of over 180 academic, student support and professional staff, who will be with you every step of your MBA journey.

Student Learning Portal

  • Our innovative Student Learning Portal provides all the resources and support you’ll need to successfully complete your MBA studies

Academics

  • Highly qualified and experienced academics
  • Practice-centric curricula, innovative learning resources and realistic assessment techniques

Study Tools

  • Access to tools you’ll need to successfully complete your degree and excel in your career including Office 365, LinkedIn Learning, Scite_, GrammarlyEDU and Endnote

Student Support

  • Dedicated student and enrolment teams
  • Supporting you with any issues big or small from orientation to graduation

Online Facilitators

  • Each class has a dedicated Facilitator (OLF) and a limit of just 50 students to ensure you’ll benefit from high levels of interaction, relationship building and learning

Wellbeing and career support

  • Access to a confidential support service providing personal counselling, wellbeing advice and career assistance

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who would benefit most from studying Corporate Finance?

Experienced and aspiring finance professionals, senior leaders in all fields, board members, business owners and startup founders would find AIB’s Corporate Finance MBA subject particularly valuable.

The comprehensive knowledge gained from studying Corporate Finance lays a strong foundation for careers as financial analysts, investment bankers, specialists in risk management and many more, as it equips individuals with the skills to analyse and manage financial operations effectively.

Furthermore, this subject is crucial for those in leadership roles or aiming for board positions. In today’s dynamic business environment, having sound financial acumen is imperative for making strategic decisions and guiding an organisation towards financial success.

Entrepreneurs, or those planning to start their own businesses, will find this subject exceptionally valuable too. Understanding different sources of funds and their costs is key to securing funding and managing a startup’s financial health.

In essence, anyone planning to run their own business or seeking to make informed, rational financial decisions in a corporate setting will benefit from studying Corporate Finance. It not only equips individuals with the ability to manage financial risks but also empowers them with a strategic mindset to navigate the complex world of corporate finance.

Is a background in finance required to be successful in this subject?

It’s not. Any prior experience in finance will be helpful, but it’s certainly not required. Within your MBA timetable, AIB’s core finance subject Financial Management will be completed before you undertake Corporate Finance, should you choose it as an elective or if you’re specialising your MBA in finance. Corporate Finance extends the skills, knowledge and application for Financial Management in the areas of capital budgeting, capital structure and business payout policies, among others.

Will there be complex calculations and math to navigate studying Corporate Finance?

We recognise that finance can often seem daunting. So, we have adopted a simplistic and holistic approach, focusing on the application of concepts. This ensures that the subject is accessible and highly relevant to your daily roles, whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a finance professional seeking to deepen your expertise.

When financial calculations are required, it’s completed using Excel spreadsheets with equations and formulas shown in subject webinars and practiced first in learning activities each week, so you interact with any complex example problems first at your own pace before practical implementation.

How is the subject structured and delivered?

Corporate Finance is delivered over eight weeks of structured learning where you’ll delve into a new topic relevant to finance in a corporate setting each week. Weekly online webinars are hosted with your online class and led by Online Learning Facilitators who facilitate interactive discussions on the topics, case studies and application of concepts within organisations. Contribution in live webinars enables you to learn not only from the learning material and facilitator, but also from the experiences and viewpoints of fellow professionals studying alongside you. Don’t worry if you can’t make all the live webinars though – they’re recorded, so you can watch at any time. The subject includes two assessments – one due mid-way through the subject and the other at the end.

Can I specialise my MBA in Finance?

Yes, AIB offers an MBA specialisation in Finance which supports experienced and aspiring finance professionals to excel their careers in the sector. Covering more than just the numbers, this specialised MBA guides students through the universally used theoretical frameworks and data-driven techniques relevant to modern private sector companies, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.  

Studying the specialised Finance MBA, students will take AIB’s core business subjects before undertaking the finance discipline units: Corporate Finance, Investment Management and Financial Markets and Institutions. Following completion of the final subject – Project – they will earn their MBA specialised in Finance. The specialised finance subjects can also be studied as electives by those undertaking the General (unspecialised) MBA.

Learn more about the MBA (Finance).

How do I apply to study Corporate Finance with AIB?

If you’re interested in studying Corporate Finance within the AIB MBA, get in touch with an AIB Advisor to discuss your application and timetabling. 

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