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Iñigo Martinez Gil

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 and Management

Qualification: Professional Development Programme
Duration: 12-weeks, 4 classes a week
Campus: London
Intake Dates: February
Timetables: Click here for timetables
Tuition Fees: £3,700 UK/EU applicants
£4,000 Overseas applicants
For Frequently Asked Questions Click here

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.

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 5 courses from those listed below, this choice should include at least 2 courses from the Finance list and 2 courses from the Management list.

Accounting for Performance and Control
Understanding Financial Statements Strategic Business Management
Advanced Financial Modelling Project Management
Financial Markets, Trading and Analysis Management and Leadership
Corporate Finance Marketing Strategies and Operations
M&A and Private Equity International Business
Risk Management
Project Finance

Additional ‘Skills’ Courses

As well as the above, students are able to take complementary courses to the Postgraduate Certificate Programme.

Financial Markets: Trading Terminals
(Complementary to Financial Markets: Trading and Analysis)
Excel for Financial Modelling
(Complementary to Advanced Financial Modelling)
Digital Marketing and New Media
(Complementary to Marketing Strategies and Operations)
Entry Requirements
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in any field, or a relevant professional qualification
  • Professionals and mature students without a degree Or at least 1 year undergraduate degree from a non-business degree may apply subject to LSBF’s discretion or an application interview
  • Non-native English speakers should be proficient in English and ideally show evidence by providing an International English language certificate (IELTS, Cambridge, Michigan, etc), or evidence of prior studies and work in English speaking environments
Individual Short Courses

All the modules of the programme can be taken individually, as well as a wide range of other courses available within the LSBF Executive Education portfolio.

Click here to see our full range of individual short courses.


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 course is ideal if you need to develop new knowledge and skills in the managerial accounting field, whether you are taking your career in a new direction, or starting in a new role.


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.


This course develops your strategic thinking and management skills. Learn how to identify threats and opportunities within organisations and across industries., and develop coherent strategies. You will also develop the mind-set to help organisations achieve growth and a sustainable competitive advantage.

Programme focus
Business Analysis
Competitive Strategy
Strategic Management

Key Benefits:

  • Recognise the importance of strategic processes applied within organisations
  • Perform analysis across a range of organisations, industries and problem areas
  • Devise and implement corporate-level business strategies

Who is the module for?
This course is valuable if you want a strong foundation in strategy. It develops your practical skills and provides the latest theory in business and strategy. It is ideal if you are taking on a new management role and want to become an effective business leader.


This course addresses a number of important accounting issues and key factors in financial modelling. You will be introduced to best practice financial modelling techniques, whilst focusing on both the incomings and outgoings that need to be managed in financial modelling processes. Areas such as income statements, cash calculations, balance sheets, assets and liabilities taxation, and analysing financial data in graphics and data tables are all covered.

Programme focus
Financial and business modelling
Managerial accounting
Decision making

Key Benefits:

  • Develop robust, fully integrated financial forecasting models, which include sensitivity analysis, data tables and graphics
  • Explain the adjustments that have to be made to the accounting profit to give taxable profit
  • Understand tax coding and computation, managing tax loss and modelling of deferred tax
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of modelling, income statements, cash calculations, non-current assets and non-current liabilities

Who is the module for?
The Advanced course is aimed at individuals with a working knowledge of Excel and an accounting background, who wish to master accounting related issues such as cash flow, sensitive analysis and taxation.


This course equips you with the tools you need to deliver projects within a specified time and budget. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the strategic elements, aims, objectives and budget limitations of projects. The course also examines the role of the project team and manager.

Programme focus
Project Planning
Project Management
Project Implementation

Key Benefits:
Understand the key elements of a project, including planning, analysis, sequencing and scheduling
Gain a critical overview of change management, the project lifecycle and the project team
Better understand how to implement the goals of a project using project tools and techniques, risk analysis and management

Who is the module for?
This course is ideal if you are looking to develop new project management skills, or top up your knowledge in order to move your career forward. It gives you a solid grounding in project management by covering the key theoretical and practical elements.


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.


Learn how to drive organisations forward through effective leadership. In today’s economy, management and leadership skills are essential for business success. This course teaches you how to manage organisations and empower people, as well as introduce and oversee periods of change.

Programme focus
Strategic Management
Change Management

Key benefits:

  • Better gauge the importance of effective leadership and the challenges associated with leadership in a business context
  • Understand executive processes and different change methodologies
  • Get a strategic overview of change management and implementation

Who is the module for?
This course is designed to give students the practical skills required to manage people effectively. You will benefit from developing your knowledge in the latest managerial trends. It is ideal for those already in management positions who wish to enhance their skills as well as new or aspiring managers.


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 for 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.


This course provides an introduction to the purpose, processes and methodologies of marketing management at strategic and operational levels. You will explore campaign planning, as well as the strategic, operational and tactical issues that affect it s on-going success. You will also learn how to put traditional and digital marketing techniques into practice.

Programme focus
Marketing Management
Marketing Communications
Marketing Strategy

Key Benefits

  • Apply traditional and digital marketing techniques
  • Better understand macro and micro environmental factors that affect marketing and business
  • Better perform market research
  • Understand the different technicalities between B2B and B2C buyers
  • Segment, target and position products after performing marketing audits and creating executable plans

Who is the module for?
This module is aimed for individuals who wish to develop their marketing skills. It covers the essential elements in order to market products and services effectively from both a strategic and operational angle.


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.


Develop an advanced understanding of international business and the ways in which global organisations operate. You will study the impact of cultural differences on business and the strategies organisations can use to enter new markets. The course also explores the effects of globalisation on business, as well as the challenges and opportunities it presents.

Programme focus
International Business
Cross Cultural Management

Key Benefits:

  • Better understand the impact of cultural differences on business operations
  • Assess markets in different countries for investment and growth opportunities
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of different marketing strategies and the ethical issues facing global companies
  • Gain an overview of how governments influence international business activities

Who is the module for?
This course is designed to help students build a critical analysis of the elements necessary to develop international business. It will make you aware how to work within different cultures and develop an understanding of building a business across borders.


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.

Please note this is a one week module.

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 a gain solid understanding of the 3 areas of risk that correlate with each other. As a result, the skills you acquire will be extremely useful to all manner of companies, in a wide range of different areas. Advanced skills in mathematics are not necessary for entry onto the course, but any mathematics knowledge you have will be beneficial.


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.

Please note this is a one week module.

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.


This module develops the practical knowledge needed to operate Bloomberg Terminals, within a product specific context. You will acquire the real world skills and tools required for creating automated financial models in Excel, particularly the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) tool. As a result, you will be able to produce graphics and presentations from Bloomberg Terminals for use in a variety of financial tasks.

Programme focus
Operation of Bloomberg Terminals
Capital markets
Visual Basic for applications

Key Benefits:

  • Navigate and research using Bloomberg terminals
  • Use Bloomberg product specific functions
  • Operate Bloomberg terminals to create graphs, both comparative and representative
  • Manipulate the static export of data to external tools
  • Integrate Bloomberg descriptive paramedic and real-time pricing data into Excel spreadsheets

Who is the module for?
This course is ideal is if you want to build on your knowledge of different financial markets, and gain experience using Bloomberg Terminals. It is also suitable if you have a genuine interest in financial markets and want to improve your expertise in the area.


This course covers all of the key features in Excel that are used to build professional financial models. Students will learn how to design structured financial models in practice. By the end of the course, you will fully understand each feature and be comfortable using a variety of Excel modelling tools.

Programme focus
Financial modelling techniques
Decision making

Key Benefits:

  • Understand all the features traditionally used in financial models
  • Know how to implement each feature and when each one should be used
  • Have the skills to design business models in Excel

Who is the module for?
The intermediate course is ideal for individuals who need to gain confidence and general skills in financial Excel modules.


The course helps you develop the skills to use new age media and digital tools to implement marketing strategies. Through practical assessments and a hands-on approach, it equips you with the skills required for marketing in the 21st century.

Programme focus
New age media
Digital marketing channels
The “digimarketing” model

Key Benefits

  • Identify and appraise changes in marketing brought about by digital marketing, as well as analyse their effects and marketing strategies.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of new age and digital marketing tools, and discuss the means of deploying these tools.
  • Identify new age and digital marketing tools, as well as design digital and new age marketing campaigns using these tools.
  • Gain knowledge of companies that have successfully implemented e-marketing strategies.

Who is the module for?
This course is ideal for those who need to develop practical skills and know-how in relation to ‘new media’ online, and assess how these channels can better fit into a wider marketing campaign.

3-6 Month Internships Available

As part of our continued commitment to bring the best service and engage our students with real life and job opportunities, we have set up a variety of limited number of internships in the following industries: Fashion, Finance, Banking, Marketing and PR – dedicated and exclusive to LSBF Executive Education students.

The internships are 3 to 6 months long and are ideal for those who wish to change industries, as well as for those who need to gain further experience in order to move their careers forward.

Only students with the right to leave and work in the UK (including EU Nationals) are allowed to register for the internship once you are successfully accepted onto your executive programme.

In order to apply, please tick the ‘Internship’ check-box on your programme application form.


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