Advanced Corporate Finance

Module description

Note: cannot be taken with BEE3059 Asset Pricing or BEA3008 Finance for Managers

This module provides a thorough treatment, grounded in the academic literature and pertinent for the practitioner, of the following key financial questions which are faced by the directors and managers of firms – Are capital markets efficient (to what extent)?; How should an investment portfolio be constructed?; How to price options; How to use financial derivatives to manage commodity, interest rate or foreign exchange rate risk; How to evaluate merger and acquisition deals.

Additional Information:


The content of this module takes an international perspective, particularly when considering the financial market, mergers and acquisitions and the foreign exchange rate risks.

External Engagement

This module content meets the standards and is accredited by major accreditation bodies, including the ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA.


Students acquire knowledge in this module, including a solid understanding of basic financial theory, which is highly relevant to jobs related to finance and accountancy. This module also offers an opportunity to develop their numeracy and logical thinking skills.


All of the resources for this course are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).

Full module specification

Module title:Advanced Corporate Finance
Module code:BEA3018
Module level:3
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Bill Peng - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



BEA2018  Corporate Finance


Cannot be taken with BEA3008 or BEE3059

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

This module is designed to introduce students to corporate finance theory and enable them to apply it to main problems faced by financial managers and corporate decision makers. In particular, this module provides a thorough treatment of the key aspects in the financial decision making process in a corporation, including market efficiency,  risk and return, portfolio theory, option pricing, risk management using financial derivatives, mergers and acquisitions.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. describe and explain the Efficient Market Hypothesis
  • 2. explain the risk-return paradigm for investment analysis and derive models for portfolio theory
  • 3. illustrate and derive factors models (CAPM and APT) and calculate the cost of capital
  • 4. derive option pricing via the binomial method
  • 5. use financial derivatives to manage interest rate and foreign exchange rate risks
  • 6. analyse corporate merger and acquisition, and other corporate restructuring activities
  • 7. evaluate leasing and off-balance-sheet financing

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 8. interpret financial data in the light of established theories
  • 9. apply and criticise finance models in a ‘real world’ context
  • 10. develop theoretical arguments based on analytical reasoning

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 11. use information technology for information retrieval and numerical analysis
  • 12. develop teamwork and presentation skills in debating discussion topics and producing team solutions to problems
  • 13. work independently as well as in groups, and develop effective and efficient self-study techniques

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours22Lectures
Contact hours10Tutorials
Contact hours10Seminars

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assigned work for each tutorial3 hrs preparation by student / 1 hr in-class discussion1-13Suggested solutions

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
MCQ and short-form questions201 hour1-10Suggested solutions; Students be offered opportunity to view scripts; Students who failed to pass will be invited for dedicated help sessions
Final exam802 hours1-10Suggested solutions; Students be offered opportunity to view scripts

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Coursework Test & ExamExam (100%)1-10August/September

Re-assessment notes

Should a re-sit be required for this module, it will be by means of one two-hour examination accounting for 100% module marks [ILOs 1-10]

Syllabus plan

  • Efficient Market Hypothesis
  • Risk and return
  • Portfolio theory and CAPM
  • Factors model and asset pricing
  • Options: binomial option pricing model and Black-Scholes model
  • Options: extensions and applications (real options)
  • Interest rate risk management with financial derivatives
  • Foreign exchange rate risk management with financial derivatives
  • Leasing and off-balance-sheet financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions (corporate restructuring)
  • Review session

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener.


The module recommended purchase texts (from which a number of the self-study assignments will be

drawn) are:       

  • Hillier, D., Ross, S., Westfield, R., Jaffe, J., and Jordan, B. (2010) Corporate Finance,1st European

Edition, London: McGraw-Hill

  • Brealey, R.A., Myers, S.C. and Allen, F. (2008), Principles of Corporate Finance, 9th(International)

Edition, London: McGraw-Hill.


For wider reading, there are a large number of texts upon the subject areas of this module. Titles such as

‘Financial Management’, ‘Finance’, ‘Corporate Finance’, ‘Investments’, ‘Investment Analysis’ and similar  may be found in the library and through any good book seller. Having the most up-to-date edition of such books is rarely important.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources



Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Other materials/sources which you are expected to access/use will be apprised to you during the module.

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