Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity
Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity

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."

Online Master in Finance and Investments (Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity)

Develop the rare competencies you need to facilitate the buying and selling of ownership between companies of different sizes.

As the financial sector has evolved, so has our MA to reflect the way modern businesses carry out key operations – including mergers and acquisitions. This online programme combines theoretical and practical elements to give you the skills you need to succeed in this specialised market.

It will cover the analysis of financial statements and data using both hypothetical and real-life case studies. You will also explore the professional and ethical rules governing accountants, as well as the challenges they face in a fast-developing global context.

Duration: 18-36 months (100% online)
Start dates: Janury, April, July, October

Campus available:



£8,000 for Master in Finance and Investments
£10,000 for Dual Master in Finance and Investments
Student Payment Plan available

  • UK undergraduate degree or equivalent – any subject area
  • English levels 5.5 IELTS (5.5 in all bands) or equivalent*
  • Relevant work experience is an asset, but no work experience is required

*Don’t have the IELTS required? Get the IELTS preparation you need with The Language Gallery.

Stage I Business and Financial Analysis 
Corporate Finance
Quantitative Finance and Financial Markets 
Research Methods
Stage II Corporate Governance and Ethics 
M&A and Private Equity 
Advanced Corporate Finance 
Research Methods
Stage III Online Dissertation and Research Methods 


Specialisation Modules


Become familiar with the corporate governance and ethical requirements you will have to follow as an accountant. Being aware of these essential elements helps you stand out from your peers in the jobs market.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Explain governance and how it promotes the effective management of organisations as well as their resources.
  • Assess the role accountants play in risk management and internal control, including review and compliance.
  • Identify and evaluate the responsibilities of accountants in identifying, assessing and mitigating risk.
  • Show how professional values and judgement are applied through an ethical framework of laws, codes and regulations.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.


Learn how to apply advanced analysis to the valuation of companies involved in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). This helps you build on knowledge from previous modules covering the analysis of financial statements and data (in real life as well as hypothetical case studies).

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Examine the importance of various M&A and private equity drivers.
  • Recognise value creation, and critically assess the levels of success of different private equity investments, as well as M&A transactions.
  • Analyse the M&A and private equity strategies currently employed by a selected global organisation and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Critically evaluate the key elements in successful M&A and private equity transactions, as well as their relative importance.
  • Carry out vital analyses of comparative issues in M&A and private equity.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.


This module evaluates the nature of advanced accounting challenges within a fast-developing global context. You will also have to demonstrate problem-solving and analytical approaches to effective financial decision-making.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Identify as well as analyse principles and trends in advanced corporate finance.
  • Assess the benefits and drawbacks of discounted cash flow and cash flow evaluation methods in financial management and uncertainty in projects.
  • Demonstrate in-depth and systemic knowledge of advanced corporate finance.
  • Critically evaluate the relative economic and strategic benefits of treasury risk management and enhancing value.
  • Apply problem-solving and analytical approaches to managing risk in advanced corporate finance.

Learn more about the course assessment strategy.

**All specialisations are subject to student demand

Core Modules

Detailed information about the core modules can be found on the Global MBA Programme Structure page.

Career Direction

Graduates typically enter the world of corporate finance, where opportunities are available within leading investment banks. You can work in a number of promising positions including as a Corporate Investment Banker – focusing on precise transactions or market sectors.

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Mergers, Acquisitions and Private Equity

"I chose LSBF, not only for the high academic standards and the quality of the lecturers, but also because London is the centre of business and offers diversity and internationalism"

Raunaq Zaidi
Associate, State Bank of India
MBA Graduate

“I chose LSBF because it offered the exact modules and topics I was interested in. The tutors were experienced in their fields and came from diverse international backgrounds, just like the students.”

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