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PgC Finance

Gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Finance to support your professional development and practice in the finance industry or preparing you to enter the sector in a wide range of roles.

Develop an up-to-date perspective on corporate finance theory and practice

This postgraduate certificate will provide you with a strong foundation in corporate finance, financial decision-making, financial reporting and governance.

You’ll build your understanding of both financial theory and practice in national and international contexts. You will also develop your knowledge in key areas of finance such as securities and company valuation, project appraisal, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and Islamic finance.

This certificate is the first stage of a study programme that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and MSc in Finance from The Open University.

Postgraduate certificate

You'll have qualified for this certificate on successful completion of the OU’s module, Corporate Finance
12 months
4 programs

What do I need to apply?

Degree: You must be prepared for study at postgraduate level. You must hold a bachelors degree or its equivalent.

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.

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.


International course fee:
£4,285 (lower fees apply for UK and Republic of Ireland students)

What are the learning outcomes?

By the end of your studies, you will have covered:

  • the scope of financial knowledge and its application within a wide range of national and multinational organisations
  • the fundamentals of financial analysis and corporate finance theory
  • organisational performance in terms of return on investment, investment risk and capital structure management
  • the implications of corporate governance, agency theory and the related role of stakeholders
  • the links between corporate finance theories underpinning the cost of capital, dividend policy and efficient markets
  • the core features of Islamic finance.

What you'll get as a degree student with FutureLearn

  • Learn when you want by watching videos, reading articles, doing tests, and completing assignments online
  • Join online discussions and collaborate with your peers in a virtual study group
  • Enjoy discussions with feedback from expert educators
  • Get full access to the university library, online resources and support

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