The Graduate Diploma in Finance at ISBF offers a potent combination of financial theory and practice, preparing students for a career in the financial sector at an international level. The programme provides comprehensive knowledge of risk assessment, asset pricing, investment analysis and financial reporting. The course structure emphasises the use of quantitative tools to interpret and solve market challenges. Students develop a mastery of the discipline, enabling them to succinctly answer questions like:
How did the 2007-08 subprime mortgage crisis in the USA precipitate a bank run and subsequent bankruptcy of Northern Rock, a British bank?
What is the link between the collapse of Enron, an energy company, and Arthur Andersen, once a ‘Big Five’ accounting firm? How has it shaped global financial reporting standards?
If financial markets are efficient, does this mean that mutual funds can never outperform the market?
Does the well-documented ‘January Effect’, where stock returns outperform markets in January, mean that financial markets are inefficient?
ISBF attracts students from the some of the best undergraduate programmes in the country. We have graduates from Delhi University colleges such as Shri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram college, Jesus and Mary College, Hindu College and Sri Venkateswara College; Delhi Technological University; St Xavier’s College, Mumbai; IIT, Roorkee; and Christ College, Bengaluru. Our students have gone on to pursue Masters degrees at international universities, or are working with some of the leading firms in the financial sector, across the globe.
Why study at ISBF?
ISBF is one of the select few Affiliate Centres of the University of London International programmes worldwide.
London School of Economics (LSE) is responsible for academic direction of the programme. The faculty at LSE formulates the syllabus, develops the study material, sets examination papers, and marks the scripts of ISBF students.
Most US and Canadian Universities accept this qualification as the 16th year of education.
Proven track record of students getting Masters offers from prestigious institutions such LSE, Oxford, and University of Warwick.
One-year international work placements in London and New York with leading investment banks.
ISBF students have been placed with reputed firms like S&P Capital IQ, Ernst & Young, Citibank, and many more.
Are You Ideal for this Course?
You are, if:
You have a deep rooted curiosity about global financial systems and events.
You would love to exploit your knowledge of mathematics and statistics to interpret financial theory.
You have an analytical bent of mind and have had your fill of rote learning.
You aim to pursue higher studies in Finance or its related disciplines from a prestigious international university in UK or USA.
You aspire to pursue a career in the diverse and dynamic world of finance, in areas such as:
“What if I don’t have a Accounting/Finance background?” You can apply for this programme even without prior knowledge of accounting/finance, provided you have a flair for numbers.
Here’s an indicative list of the educational and professional pursuits our students are engaged in, after completion of the programme:
Research Analyst at S&P Capital IQ
MS in Economics, University of North Carolina, USA
Financial Analyst, Mergers and Acquisitions at Ernst and Young (E&Y)
MSc Corporate Finance at Cass Business School, UK
Financial Analyst at Copal Partners
Analyst at Ameriprise Financials
One year international work placement as equity trading support at UBS Investment Bank, London
Note: The Graduate Diploma in Finance is awarded by the University of London, and so it uses the terminology prevalent in the UK, where “undergraduate” students are those who are pursuing their first degree after high school (Class XII), while “graduate” students are those who have completed undergraduate studies and are pursuing a higher qualification. The equivalent Indian nomenclature is “graduate” and “postgraduate”, respectively; this explains how the Graduate Diploma in Finance is actually a postgraduate qualification as per Indian terminology, because only students with undergraduate degrees are eligible to pursue it.
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The course focuses on creating a strong conceptual foundation in financial theory. We also emphasise upon understanding the quantitative tools and frameworks being used in the industry. The curriculum includes modules on banking and finance, financial reporting, valuation and security analysis, and corporate finance. This combination of modules qualifies our students to take up specialised opportunities in financial analysis, securities valuation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and several other divisions across the financial services industry.
This module establishes the understanding of the theories of financial intermediation. It focuses on concepts and practices relating to the risk management process and techniques applied within major financial intermediaries. It also develops an understanding of recent developments in financial risk management and regulation, including credit risk models, securitization, derivative instruments and capital adequacy regulations.
Topics covered include:
This module is concerned with theory and practice of financial accounting. This involves sound understanding of the concepts and choices that underline measurement and disclosure in financial statements. The objective of this module is to stimulate an enquiry into financial accounting issues, understanding alternative approaches to presentation of financial reports. Topics covered include:
The rational for financial reporting
Conceptual framework for financial reporting
Income measurement and capital maintenance
Historical cost accounting (HCA) and accounting for change in price/value
This module provides an understanding of asset pricing and corporate finance. It gives a theoretical framework used to address issues in project appraisal and financing, the price of risk, securities valuation, market efficiency, capital structures, and mergers & acquisitions. Topics covered include:
This module provides insight and understanding of security analysis and valuation. It covers three broad areas: financial analysis, security valuation, and returns to fundamental and technical analysis. Topics covered include:
Introduction to financial statements.
The framework of analysis – Industry analysis
Financial analysis – Performance evaluation
Security valuation: free cash flow, residual earnings, etc.
Implication of price-to-earnings and price-to-book ratios
Financial information and stock prices
Financial analysis of mergers & acquisitions
Credit analysis and distress predictions
Measuring returns to active investment strategies
Returns to fundamental analysis
Returns to technical analysis
Note: The programme structure and curriculum are subject to change as per University of London regulations.