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The Master of Finance electives cover a wide range of topics. They are designed to allow students to tailor the course to their own needs and cover specific product areas, techniques, and advanced quantitative skills.

Each MFin student must take at least seven electives. Below is a list of electives we hope to offer this year (please note that the specific electives on offer are subject to change from year to year):

Lent Term

Advanced Corporate Finance

A case-study based elective going into more detail on topics covered in Principles of Finance, principally valuation.

Course leader: Dr Pedro Saffi

Further Derivatives

This course will focus on understanding the details of options pricing, hedging and trading as well as applications such as dividend swaps. There are no complex mathematics, but we will follow the intuition behind the Black-Scholes-Merton model and how it is used. We will also use the DerivaGem spreadsheet software that comes with the course book Options, Futures and Other Derivatives by John Hull. The course is taught by Peter Allen, previously Head of Equity and Credit Derivatives Research at JP Morgan Securities in London.

Course leader: TBC

Key Topics in Financial Systems Innovation

Advances in FinTech are transforming how business and households access credit, manage savings and investments, and store and transfer wealth. Digital innovations are having significant strategic and organisational implications as well the potential to transform financial service firms and financial markets. This course is designed to discuss key FinTech issues with lectures and case studies from researchers, policymakers and practitioners covering the following: FinTech, digital innovation, business transformation, online platforms, financial markets, risk management, financial regulation, entrepreneurship, financial services.

Course leader: Professor Michael Barrett

Mergers & Acquisitions

This course aims to provide a basic framework for analysing corporate acquisitions, mergers and restructurings in an international setting. Students will analyse the essential elements of the acquisition process including; financial modelling, valuation methods, deal structuring, financing, and post-merger integration. Class work will include textbook readings, case studies, as well as quantitative, data-driven analyses.

Course leader: David Pitt-Watson

Private Equity

Taught by a private equity practitioner with a wide range of international experience, covering new ventures and buyouts, financing, valuation and management.

Course leader: Mr Aleksander Grzeszczak

Topics in Investment Management

A comprehensive course on long-term investing taught by a former investment manager and with guest practitioner speakers from leading investment management companies. Topics covered include active versus passive management, factor investing, private equity and alternative assets and responsible investing among others.

Course leader: Dr David Chambers

Easter / Summer Term

Advanced Credit

This course will provide an opportunity to explore more complex cash flow modelling and analysis from a credit perspective via a range of case studies. The course will also investigate the interaction between credit and market risk and the concept of loss given default. We will also cover a number of timely topics including CVA, Basel and it's implication on credit markets, and credit risk in project financing.

Course leader: Marwa Hammam and external speakers

Further Econometrics: Time Series

The Time Series Econometrics module is intended to provide applicable, if introductory knowledge of time series analysis methods. An increasing number of empirical contexts in Finance and Management now have data in the form of time series. The statistics and modelling of time series data will be very useful in any researcher's toolkit.

Course leader: Dr Paul Kattuman

Asian Capital Markets

An investor perspective on the key Asian financial markets taught by a principal in a hedge fund specialising in those markets, with extensive experience of the Chinese markets in particular.

Course leader: Mr JC De Swaan

Infrastructure Finance

Infrastructure is a sort of asset class, covering long term, capital intensive projects which typically include some element of state involvement. Examples include transport, electricity, gas, water and telecoms. The financing of such projects is somewhat more complicated than for standard corporate investment, both in the maturity of the funding, the complexity of the contracts and the role of the state, which introduces political risk. Most infrastructure investment uses project finance, in which the capital is raised by a separate project company set up for the task. It’s a very important area of finance because infrastructure is essential for other parts of the economy to function properly, especially in emerging economies. But there is also a huge need for new infrastructure investment in mature economies such as the US and UK. There are specialist investors and advisors in infrastructure investment as well as major participation from sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. It is likely to be an area of growth in the next decade.

Course leaderDr Simon Taylor

Principles of Financial Regulation

This course provides a wide-ranging examination of the major themes and topics in financial regulation. The three major recurring objectives of financial regulation - financial stability; market efficiency, integrity, and transparency; and consumer protection - anchor the course. Broad topics examined include:

  • the public interest in financial regulation
  • the traditional purposes of financial regulation and how these have evolved over time
  • the main sources of financial regulation
  • the main types of regulatory intervention
  • financial innovation, competition and regulation
  • the relationship between crises and regulation

Course leader: Professor Kern Alexander

The Coming of Modern Capital Markets

The course provides students with an understanding of how some of the major features of modern finance emerged from the 19th century onwards with a particular focus on the US, UK, Japan and Germany.

Course leaderDr David Chambers

Understanding the International Economy and Financial System

This course will introduce some key concepts from international economics and finance to explore the world economy and the problems of the world financial system. We will examine the role of globalisation of trade and capital, against the backdrop of pressures in many countries to raise barriers to both. We will look at the difficulties of reforming the financial system, at a time when the global distribution of economic power away from the west towards developing Asia has made reform ever more necessary. Finally, we'll consider the politics of the international economy and why economic globalisation is under pressure in many rich countries.

Course leaderDr Simon Taylor

Venture Capital & the Entrepreneurial World

A practical, case-based course on how to build successful companies taught by an experienced venture capitalist.

Course leader: Mr John Glynn

As students of the University of Cambridge, MFin students also have the opportunity to attend lectures across other disciplines such as mathematics, statistics, economics and Matlab courses.

Why the Cambridge MFin?

The Cambridge MFin focuses on the theory and practice of finance, drawing upon the University of Cambridge's long heritage of excellence in teaching and research. We are one of only a few Master of Finance programmes in which 100% of the class has existing work experience in finance.

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