Managerial Finance online certificate course

Course starts 28 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
20 October 2020
Course Starts:
28 October 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
8–12 hours per week, self-paced learning online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


To effectively drive organisational success, business leaders and managers across functions require a firm grasp of finance. It’s a key component to understanding how an organisation operates and these professionals need to be commercially-minded to participate in financial discussions and decision-making.

This online certificate course equips you with a practical grounding in modern finance. Develop the tools to understand financial statements and reports, corporate finance, and fundamentals such as the time value of money. You’ll also learn how to apply these to your business context through forecasting methods, project evaluation, realistic performance plans, and the monitoring of financial outcomes. Increase your managerial impact with stronger financial insight, and make more informed contributions to organisational discussions and decisions.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

    • A financial toolkit that will assist you in making strategic managerial and business decisions

    • An understanding of financial reports, enabling you to analyse the financial health of an organisation and optimise performance for future success

    • The ability to apply valuation principles and techniques to companies

Is this course for you?

As employees are promoted to more senior positions or management, these new roles often call for greater financial accountability. This online certificate course focuses on providing vital finance knowledge and skills to non-financial managers, and is geared towards anyone in a managerial or leadership position – as well as those aspiring towards one. You’ll develop your commercial acumen, as well as a practical understanding of the dynamic between a company's finances and its non-financial departments and projects.

CPD certification service logo This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 60 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.


Course curriculum

Learn to identify and evaluate business opportunities as you work through the weekly modules of this online certificate course.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Financial statement analysis
  • Module 2 Financial forecasting
  • Module 3 Discounted cash flow analysis
  • Module 4 Optimal investing
  • Module 5 Funding strategies
  • Module 6 Valuing entire companies

Make more informed decisions

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider, GetSmarter. The design of this online course is led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) faculty who, together with industry experts, will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Course Convenor

The design of this online certificate course is guided by LSE faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Professor Dirk Jenter


Associate Professor of Finance, LSE Department of Finance

Dr Dirk Jenter is an expert in corporate finance and has significant experience in executive education at LSE and other world-leading tertiary institutions, such as MIT Sloan and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dirk’s research focusses on the interaction of managers and firms with capital markets, on corporate governance, and on the evaluation and compensation of top executives. His research has been featured in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, the Economist and on CNN. Dirk is very engaging, a top class communicator, and this has been recognised through teaching awards at LSE, Stanford and MIT Sloan.

Course Contributors

This course features video guest lectures from industry pioneers and leading experts in their field, allowing you to learn from the wisdom and experience of global authorities, and to see the real-world applications of the theory covered in this finance course.


Claude-Stephanie Ngnhingha


Senior Vice President, Africa Investment Banking at Citibank UK

Alex Dugay


Assistant Director, Debt Advisory at Deloitte LLP

Kristen Kote


Director, Portfolio Valuation at Duff & Phelps

Earn a certificate from LSE

Grow your financial knowledge and earn an official certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 28 October 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with an Enrolment Advisor here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.