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Postgraduate Degree Certificate in Finance

The Open University

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 program that progresses to a postgraduate diploma and MSc in Finance from The Open University.

What do I need to apply?

Degree: You must be prepared for study at postgraduate level. You must hold a bachelor’s 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.

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 organizations
– the fundamentals of financial analysis and corporate finance theory
– organizational 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.

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  • Provider: The Open University
  • Cost: $5,250 USD
  • Effort: 8 - 12 hours per week
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Language: English


  • Corporate Finance: Business Planning and Financing
  • Corporate Finance: Investment Appraisal and Valuation
  • Corporate Finance: M&A, Corporate Governance and Islamic Finance
  • Corporate Finance: Risk and Return