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This qualification is designed to support professional development and practice in a wide range of roles in finance – whether you are developing in your career or aspiring to enter the sector. It is applicable to roles in areas such as investment banking, portfolio management, corporate finance, treasury, law and consultancy. It provides a thorough grounding in corporate finance, financial decision-making, financial reporting and governance. You will learn to undertake company and project valuations, and to estimate the cost of capital; and you’ll be introduced to Islamic finance and behavioural finance.
This postgraduate qualification will provide a grounding in finance areas such as corporate finance, financial decision-making, financial reporting, governance and an introduction to Islamic finance and behavioural finance.

Through the study of the Postgraduate Certificate in Finance you will:
• gain an up-to-date perspective on both theory and practice in national and international contexts

• be able to estimate cost of capital, to evaluate company and project valuations

• appreciate the importance of corporate governance and ethical issues in finance and acquaint yourself with essential features of Islamic finance

• learn and apply the most important tools for financial analysis and decision support in corporations, financial institutions and other organisations.

Key features of the course
• Provides an up-to-date perspective on both theory and practice in national and international contexts
• Learn and apply the most important tools for financial analysis and decision support
• Develop expertise in key areas of finance such as securities and company valuation, project appraisal, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and Islamic finance
• Develops your digital literacy skills and critical thinking.

This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and finally a masters degree.

Entry requirements

You must hold a bachelors degree awarded by a recognised UK university, or equivalent. Please contact us if you hold a qualification that you believe is an equivalent level to a UK degree to ensure that it meets the requirements for admission.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum score of 6.5 under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.

You should possess a good working knowledge of maths and be confident with spreadsheets. It would be advisable to self-assess your level of maths before registering for this qualification. To help you decide whether you are ready, you may want to try this diagnostic quiz.

Duration

1 - 4 years.

Most students study this qualification in one year by studying two modules a year. The minimum time to complete is one year, the maximum time to complete is four years.

Number of credits

60 credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance
Financial decision making is fundamental to all organisations. This qualification aims to equip learners with an understanding of how the finances of an organisation work and apply their knowledge in a variety of ways. It will enhance their employability by equipping them with skills and knowledge that span from the ability to analyse and interpret financial statements, through to the comprehension of company valuation, mergers and acquisition and knowledge of models of corporate governance, and Islamic finance.

There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Modules
To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules

Credits Next start
Introduction to corporate finance (B858) 30 04 Nov 2017
Financial strategy: valuation, governance and ethics (B859) 30 06 May 2017

You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

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On completion
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded the qualification of Postgraduate Certificate in Finance entitling you to use the letters PGCert Fin (Open) after your name.

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