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Sumit Ahuja

MA in Finance and Investment Graduate, Equity Derivatives Analyst, Citi Group

"The programme was designed with a global approach and focused on finance in an international environment."

GGSB MSc in Finance – Programme Structure

GGSB MSc in Finance is a two-year course run in partnership with Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB). GGSB is one of Europe's most prestigious business schools, triple accredited by AMBA , EQUIS and AACSB and ranked by the Economist and Business Week.

The course builds a strong foundation in the theory and practice of making financial decisions in an international environment, so it's ideal for students aiming to work at the senior levels in banking, financial services and corporate finance.

The GGSB MSc in Finance has a total of 5 stages each reinforcing the previous stage, helping to refine and focus your learning. The first 4 stages are covered during the first year, followed by the 5th stage which are Capstone Courses, encompassing everything you've studied and preparing you to apply your learning in the Final Master's Project, the Professional Dissertation.

Duration Content
Stage 1 – The Fundamentals of Finance 12 Months
  • Corporate Finance and Investment Decisions
  • Accounting and Financial Statements Analysis
  • Economics for Finance
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
Stage 2 — Mastering Financial Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Company Valuation.
  • Management Control Systems
  • International Financial Management
  • Ethics, Professional Standards and Corporate Governance.
  • Audit and Risk Management
Stage 3 — Advanced Finance
  • Advanced Financial Statements Analysis
  • Derivatives
  • Fixed Income Investments
  • LBOs, Venture Capital and Financial Restructuring
  • Asset Management
Stage 4 — Electives
  • Elective Module 1*
  • Elective Module 2*
Stage 5 — Capstone Courses 12 Months
  • Research Methodology and Project Workshop
  • Serious Game


Choose One Elective Modules
London Campus
Financial Market Trading
  1. Financial Markets and Asset Classes (equity, FX, commodities, fixed income)
  2. Impacts of News on Markets
  3. Trading Strategies
Project Finance
  1. Overview of Project Finance
  2. Understanding Key Project Risks
  3. Evaluating and Structuring a Project
Grenoble Campus
IT Tools for Market Finance
  1. Financial Modelling using VBA
  2. Bloomberg Trading
Corporate Financial Management
  1. Cash Management and Bank Relations
  2. Strategic Performance Control
Islamic Finance
  1. Fundamentals of Islamic Finance
  2. Islamic Banking
  3. Islamic Capital Markets
Micro Finance
  1. Principles of Micro Finance
  2. Operational Management of a Micro Finance Institution
  3. Financial Management of a Micro Finance Institution


Stage 1 - Fundamentals of Finance
  • The first stage of the programme will cover the basic knowledge and tools needed by financial professionals such as economics, quantitative methods, financial reporting and analysis, and fundamentals principles of corporate finance.
Corporate Finance and Investment Decisions
  • The financing cycle of the firm
  • Discounting & compounding interest
  • NPV
  • Investment decisions: cash flows calculations and criteria (NPV, IRR)
  • Nature and types of equity and debt
  • Cost of equity : Gordon Shapiro, CAPM
  • Cost of debt (loans, bonds, leasing)
  • WACC
  • Financing decisions
  • Impact of financial structure on firm value, dividend policy
Accounting and Financial Statements Analysis
  • Roles and basic principles of financial accounting
  • Overview of international accounting standards
  • Study of the four financial statements
  • Financial analysis — main ratios, assessment of performance in respect of profitability, capital structure, efficiency, and liquidity
Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • Interaction of supply and demand
  • Basic concepts of macroeconomics
  • Organization of foreign exchange markets
  • Implications of globalization for financial markets
  • Business cycles theory, impact of credit cycles
  • Organization and consequences of European Monetary Union
Economics for Finance
  • Introduction to descriptive statistics and to probabilities
  • Sampling and estimation
  • Statistical inference and hypothesis testing
  • Correlation analysis and linear regression
  • Multivariate regression
  • Time series analysis
Stage 2 - Mastering Financial Management
  • Building on the basic principles taught in stage 1, stage 2 covers advance corporate finance items (investment under uncertainty, valuation, international financial management) as well as related fields essential for financial managers such as management control systems, ethics and professional standards, and corporate governance.
Mergers & Acquisitions and Company Valuation
  • Investment under uncertainty — breakeven analysis, sensitivity analysis, scenarios, decisions trees and real options
  • Company valuation techniques and their limitations — book value approach, multiples (comparable companies and transactions), discounted cash flows
  • Valuation of preferred stock and of convertible bonds
Management Control Systems
  • Cost calculation and analysis
  • Budgeting and planning process
  • Internal reporting and balanced scorecard
  • Performance measurement
International Financial Management
  • The international environment and foreign exchange markets
  • International capital markets
  • Foreign exchange risks
  • Transaction risk management
  • International investment
  • Hedging techniques
Ethics, Professional Standards and Corporate Governance
  • Distinction between what is legally acceptable and morally correct
  • Codes of professional conduct in the financial sector
  • Sources and consequences of conflicts of interest between managers, stockholders and other stakeholders
  • Recommended professional practices in corporate governance
  • Main issues in corporate governance — role and organization of the board, management pay, transparency
Audit and Risk Management
  • Auditing process and tools
  • Risk management systems (including fraud detection) in companies and banks
  • Internal business controls
Stage 3 - Advanced Finance
  • Stage 3 aims to provide students with an understanding of the impact on financial analysis of complex topics such as deferred income taxes, balance sheet debt, leases and off-balance sheet debt, employee benefits, and business mergers or consolidation. The course content focuses on the following topics:
    • Derivatives
    • Fixed Income Investments
    • Financial restructuring, LBOs and Venture Capital.
    • Asset Management
    • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
Stage 4 – Electives
  • Stage 4 allows you to tailor your GGSB MSc in Finance by taking skill development courses designed to help you apply knowledge and skills to real-world situations. Market Finance is awarded in London, Europe's financial capital while Corporate Finance, Islamic Finance and Microfinance are available in Grenoble.
  1. Financial Market Trading
    • Financial Markets and Asset Classes (equity, FX, commodities, fixed income)
    • Impacts of News on Markets
    • Trading Strategies
  2. Project Finance
    • Overview of Project Finance
    • Understanding Key Project Risks
    • Evaluating and Structuring a Project
  3. Corporate Finance
    • Cash Management and Bank Relations
    • Strategic Performance Control
  4. IT Tools for Market Finance:
    • Financial Modelling using VBA
    • Bloomberg Trading
  5. Islamic Finance
    • Fundamentals of Islamic Finance
    • Islamic Banking
    • Islamic Capital Markets
  6. Micro Finance
    • Principles of Micro Finance
    • Operational Management of a Micro Finance Institution
    • Financial Management of a Micro Finance Institution
Stage 5 – Capstone Course

The Capstone is a financial strategy and interactive case study encompassing all the skills developed throughout the program. The objectives of the module are to improve, and test, the students' ability in the following areas:

  • To critically analyse the main strategic and technical aspects of an actual financial operation, such as a merger, takeover, LBO, IPO, etc
  • To make a written presentation of their analysis
  • To work in a multicultural group under a time constraint
  • To improve their cooperation, communication, negotiation, and leadership skills

The second year of the programme is devoted to completing the Professional Dissertation under the supervision of a tutor. The Management Research Methodology module offers a detailed framework of guidance for preparing the Dissertation and covers concepts such as research processes, types of research, research methodology, and sources of collection and the analysis of data.

The dissertation is an opportunity to apply academic studies to a real-world business scenario, and students are encouraged to choose a dissertation subject that reflects their future career aspirations. The dissertation can be completed alongside an internship or permanent employment in the UK or abroad giving students the chance to combine practical work experience with the latter stages of their Master's degree.

The GGSB MSc in Finance is designed to stay relevant to the modern international marketplace ensuring that you graduate with an up-to-date skill set that employers value. You can develop your professional skills further by combining the programme with a professional qualification under LSBF's unique Dual Programmes initiative.

To find out more about the career opportunities open to GGSB MSc in Finance students visit the Career Direction page.

  • Develop specialist business knowledge and practical experience, giving you a competitive advantage in both your final year, and your future career.
  • Strong undergraduate degree from a recognised university
  • English Proficiency:
    • IELTS – 6.5 (6.0 in each component)
    • PTE – 63 (51 minimum in each component)
  • GMAT is not an obligatory requirement, but is considered an advantage and may be required for some applications. (Target score 550)

Next Intake

  • September

Campuses available

  • London


Full-time (24 months):
  • 12 months on campus
  • 12 months international study and/or work placement


GGSB MSc in Finance from GGSB
ranked 7th best worldwide in the
2013 Financial Times Pre-experience
Master in Finance rankings

Study Modes:

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“I chose to study at LSBF because British qualifications are respected and recognised around the world”

Sami Mathlouthi
Financial Analyst, Plena Capital Ltd.
MBA Graduate

“The programme was designed with a global approach and focused on finance in an international environment”

Sumit Ahuja
Equities Derivatives Analyst, Citi Group
MA in Finance and Investment Graduate