Postgraduate Certificates in Finance
Postgraduate Certificates in Finance
Postgraduate Certificates in Finance

Iñigo Martinez Gil

Mexico
Postgraduate Certificate in Finance and Management,
Advent International

"I had no previous financial background, but this course gave me the knowledge I needed to pursue a career in finance."

Postgraduate Certificate in Finance

KEY FACTS
Qualification: Professional Development Programme
Duration: 12-weeks, 4 classes a week
Campus: London
Intake Dates*:

February*

Timetables: To be confirmed
Tuition Fees: £3,900
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The main objective of a Postgraduate Certificate in Finance is to empower you with the confidence to progress into a career in the finance industry or to move to a higher academic challenge such as an MSc in Finance.

Career prospects:
After taking this course, you will be able to use your new understanding of finance to aim for more senior positions in your current workplace or elsewhere.

Course Structure

You can pursue your own interests for career and business development by choosing from our growing portfolio of short courses. Your Postgraduate Certificate Programme should incorporate 4 courses from those listed below.

Accounting for Performance and Control
Corporate Finance
Financial Markets: Trading and Analysis
M&A and Equity Valuation
Project Finance
Risk Management
Understanding Financial Statements

Accounting for Performance and Control

Overview
This module covers the key techniques, methods and terms used in cost management and managerial accounting. You will look at the importance of budgetary planning and control, forecasting using quantitative methods, and the principles of full cost accounting. As a result of all this, you will develop the expertise required to make sound business decisions.

Programme focus
Managerial accounting
Budgetary planning and forecasting methods
Cost-structure analysis and profit calculation

Key Benefits:

  • Understand the role management accounting plays in decision making within an organisation
  • Prepare budgets and other budgetary control statements
  • Make well-informed decisions on pricing, cost control, and cost reduction
  • Calculate and analyse variances and their possible causes

Who is the module for? 
This module has been designed for students who aim to become successful performance managers and want to be up to date with the latest tools and models.

Corporate Finance

Overview
This module provides a solid introduction to the world of corporate finance. It covers 3 fundamental issues:

  1. How the activities of a chosen company are financed
  2. How a company makes investment decisions
  3. How an organisation manages the working capital it requires of ongoing operations

Programme focus
Capital markets
Investment decisions
Working capital management

Key Benefits:

  • Explain how the finance function is organised
  • Understand the techniques used in both short-term and long-term financial decision making
  • Make capital investment decisions under different business strategies
  • Outline the sources and types of finance available to businesses
  • Demonstrate the application of investment appraisal techniques
  • Understand how corporate governance helps to ensure businesses are managed with integrity

Who is the module for?
This course is ideal if you need to develop further knowledge of corporate finance, including the ability to evaluate investment using discounted cash-flow techniques. Knowledge of how to read financial statements is a pre requisite for this course.

Financial Markets: Trading and Analysis

Overview
This course offers a comprehensive introduction to financial markets in a global setting. It also provides a detailed analysis of the various investment products, their practical application and pricing. The aim is to give you a thorough understanding of the current state of markets and the financial press.

Programme focus
Capital markets
Asset pricing
Contemporary global financial markets

Key Benefits:

  • Outline the structure of financial markets
  • Understand the mechanics of the different segments of financial markets
  • Evaluate the current state of the financial markets and the drivers of the ‘credit crunch’
  • Fully understand what is written in the financial press

Who is the module for?
This course serves as an introduction for newcomers to the world of financial markets. It’s ideal for those who want to understand the mechanics of the different financial products and how they are traded, as well as gain an introduction to Bloomberg Terminals.

M&A and Equity Valuation

Overview
Learn how to apply advanced analysis to the valuation of companies involved in the mergers and acquisitions process. You will gain an overview of the private equity industry and the practical issues involved in leveraged buyouts and buy-ins. You will also gain an understanding of the tools and techniques used in the valuation of a company, and a complete overview of key elements in successful M&A and private equity transactions.

Programme focus
Mergers and acquisitions
Corporate valuation: tools and techniques
Private equity

Key Benefits:

  • Understand what is involved in the M&A process, from beginning to end
  • Use the tools available to evaluate a business
  • Give an overview of the private equity industry
  • Assess the practical issues involved in leveraged buyouts including the management of buyouts and buy-ins

Who is the module for?
This course is ideal if you wish to develop the skills needed to succeed in wholesale banking, specifically in Investment Management and Corporate Finance divisions. The course will provide you with the skills required for highly demanding deal-making and technically specialised analyst posts.

Project Finance

Overview
An intense overview of key aspects of project finance: participants will be covering in detail the essential topics in order to understand project finance from risk valuation to documentation, going through all available sources on debt financing and debt capacity.

Programme focus
Project finance versus the financing of projects
Key issues in evaluating and structuring a Project Finance transaction
Debt financing

Key Benefits:

  • Develop your understanding of the difference between project finance and other corporate debt financing alternatives
  • Increase your knowledge of around the key motivations for stakeholders in a project
  • Become confident in assessing the key risks in a project and how those risks are typically mitigated
  • Learn about the structure of financial statements within project finance and the evaluation of the key drivers of financial performance
  • Understand how debt and equity providers evaluate the financial performance of projects
  • Acquire the skills to highlight the key commercial aspects of documentation

Who is the module for?
The course is aimed to individuals who work in areas related to project finance or aim future work in this area. Although not a course for a practitioners, students should have good knowledge of financial statements, the International Rate of Return, Net Asset Value and principles of Cost of Capital.

Risk Management

Overview
It is now more important than ever to recognise critical risks, analyse risk-reward trade-offs and respond effectively based on quantitative cost-benefit analyses. This module provides an introduction to different areas of risk; market, credit and operational, and an appreciation of the financial markets and the forces that govern them.

Programme focus
Credit risk
Market risk
Operational risk

Key Benefits:

  • Understand the structure of financial markets and the discipline of risk management
  • Recognise the 3 distinct domains of risk management
  • Analyse the current state of the financial markets
  • Fully understand what is written in the financial press

Who is the module for?

This module is aimed at those who to wish to gain a solid understanding of risk management alongside the practical use of the main tools needed to assess and evaluate financial risks. The fundamentals taught on this module are pertinent in sectors such as banking, asset management, hedge funds and insurance.

Understanding Financial Statements

Overview
The ability to read, understand and analyse financial statements is a vital business skill. It is often said that accounting is the ‘language’ of business. This course teaches you to ‘speak’ this language. You will gain a full introduction to the principles and role of financial accounting, as well as how to record business transactions in an accounting system using the double entry approach. You will also learn how to analyse key financial reporting: balance sheets, income statements and statements of cash flows – from both a UK and International Financial Reporting Standards perspective.

Programme focus
Financial accounting
Financial reporting
Financial statement analysis

Key benefits:

  • Understand and record business transitions in an accounting system through basic bookkeeping
  • Complete the bookkeeping phase up to trial balance, including adjustments
  • Understand and prepare basic financial statements for various types of business
  • Interpret financial statements using ratio analysis

Who is the module for?
This course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge required for the day-to-day management of financial statements. It’s ideal if you are taking on a new level of responsibility and need to understand the key elements of financial accounting.

Entry Requirements
Individual Short Courses
Important Information, Terms & Conditions

*This course is planned to run in February. However, it is subject to student demand. Our Executive Education portfolio is only available for LSBF Executive Education continuing students and EU/UK residents. For more information, speak to one of our advisors on: +44 (0) 20 7823 2303.

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