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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 Financial Investments

Qualification: Professional Development Programme
Duration: 12 weeks
Campus: London
Intake Dates: February
Timetables: Click here for timetables
Tuition Fees: £3,800 UK/EU applicants
£4,600 Overseas applicants
For Frequently Asked Questions Click here

LSBF's Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Investments is a 3 month programme that will give you a solid foundation of financial investment knowledge. You will build up your understanding by combining 4 short courses.

Course Structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Investments consists of 4 ‘short course’ modules, these run over a 15 week period with weekly taught sessions.

Corporate Finance
Financial Markets: Trading and Analysis
Financial Markets: Trading Terminals (Bloomberg)
Alternative Investments
Portfolio Management

Additional ‘Skills’ Courses

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

Understanding Financial Statements
(An introductory support module, usually taken online)
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 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 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 to effectively analyse and price various investment products constituting alternative investment asset class, including: real estate, commodities, private equity and venture capital. You will explore the unique characteristics and associated levels of risk with each individual product, as well as their possible contribution to the investment portfolio.

Programme focus
Alternative investments asset class
Capital markets
Portfolio management

Key Benefits:

  • Evaluate risk and return on alternative investment products
  • Gain understanding of asset classes, markets, participants and trading strategy
  • Understand the role and purpose of alternative investments within the current investment climate

Who is the module for?
This course is ideal if you wish to develop an existing knowledge of financial investments and capital markets, either for entry onto another course, or for immediate use in the workplace.


Gain an in-depth understanding of portfolio management, whilst exploring portfolio structuring techniques designed to achieve a maximum return for a minimum level of risk. The course will ensure that you gain a solid grasp of the current state of financial markets, as well as the ability to understand the financial press.

Programme focus
Portfolio structuring
Capital markets
Alternative Investments

Key Benefits:

  • Understand portfolio management
  • Structure portfolios to achieve specific returns
  • Evaluate the current state of the financial markets
  • Fully understand what is written in the financial press

Who is the module for?
This course was created for individuals with an existing knowledge of financial products as well as alternative investments, who wish to be able to analyse and create a portfolio of investment products.


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.


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.

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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