Module code: MANM443

Module Overview

This is a compulsory module for the MSc International Corporate Finance Programme. It provides an opportunity to conduct a study on an international corporate finance-related situation and reflect on it. Students are expected to select a corporate finance-related issue from a range of choices, conduct an independent research and complete a report within a stipulated period. They will have the opportunity to consult with the Module Convenor while deciding on the business case that interests them. The research should be based on secondary data sources.

The students will have opportunity to understand the techniques essential in writing financial reports. In addition, support sessions will be conducted by the module convenor to assist students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of the report.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

YU Xinyu (SBS)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 298

Lecture Hours: 1

Captured Content: 1

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Cases in International Finance (MANM377)

Module content

Students will identify a topic area of interest that they wish to develop further through their project. This must be relevant to their programme of study. The module is largely based on self-directed study and research, which takes place during the summer.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Project report 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the achievements of the module’s learning outcomes.

Summative assessment

The student is assessed on the basis of a project report including an executive summary. The assessment is designed to capture the ability of the students to design and execute a small piece of empirical research on an international corporate finance topic and critically discuss and evaluate the research findings. All Projects are checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students should build on the outcomes and feedback received in the Applied Cases in International Finance module and develop a project – using secondary research – that demonstrates the successful understanding the module’s aims and outcomes. Additionally, the module offers a platform (via SurreyLearn) for students to give and receive feedback. Finally, weekly office hours aim to provide additional feedback and assist students with the workload when necessary.

Module aims

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of an international corporate-finance-related issue
  • Analyse an international corporate-finance-related problem or opportunity in light of the insight gained from the context using appropriate finance tools
  • Develop and apply relevant and robust research methodology and outline recommendations in a convincing manner

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Present a substantial piece of coherent work based on self-directed research CKPT
002 Write cogently to show an in depth understanding and insight of a relevant topic in international corporate finance CKPT
003 Analyse and present the research findings and produce sound conclusions CKPT
004 Be aware of the limitations of the study, and be able to identify new areas for investigation/new problems/ or alternative applications or methodological approaches CKPT
005 Communicate the findings and provide recommendations in a consise manner, suitable for presentation to industry (the executive summary) CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduct and report independent research. It builds on the Cases in International Finance module, allowing students to gain experience in applying some of the principles and methods learned.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lecture

  • Independent study

  • Opportunity for feedback and consultation hours which are indicated as tutorial/ supervision learning hours.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capacities particularly in the following areas:

Digital Capabilities:

This module offers students the opportunity to use statistical software to carry out data analysis and use word processing and reference generating software to prepare the report. Students will develop their digital capacities using these digital tools.


This module asks students to select an international corporate finance-related issue, undertake independent research and complete a report within a stipulated period. Students will develop their transferable skills through the research process and report writing.

Resourcefulness & Resilience:

Students will further develop their problem-solving and decision-making skills by undertaking independent research. Consultation/Feedback sessions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to ask questions and deepen their understanding of international corporate finance.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Corporate Finance MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.