• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 21 days


In this introductory course you will get an overview of the major aspects of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) industry.

The programme

You’ll discover the theories and concepts that underpin mergers and acquisitions, and learn the skills involved in executing transactions, from a deal’s inception to post-merger integration.

By the end of the Mergers and Acquisitions - Concepts and Theories course offered by FutureLearn in partnership with the New York Institute of Finance, you'll be able to:

  • Identify common motivations for acquisitions and the reasons why many are unsuccessful
  • Evaluate the specific emerging market risk for M&A and learn valuation techniques for special valuation cases
  • Identify public companies, comparable companies, comparable acquisitions, and leverage buyout valuations
  • Summarise the Discounted Cash Flow approach
  • Describe the positive and negative attributes of the M&A methodologies
  • Explore the key risks associated with the acquisition process
  • Discuss the characteristics of a successful deal

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 21 days
    • Intensity 4 hrs/week
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1 - Overview and buyer strategies

Emerging market issues and the buyer’s viewpoint

  • Week 2- Finding and pricing a deal

How to start the acquisitions, risks and approaches to valuations

  • Week 3 - Special valuation cases

Through case studies explore emerging markets, premiums and discounts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This course is ideal for financial analysts and associates. It is also suitable for directors and managers who have transitioned, or hope to transition, to mergers and acquisitions from other areas, such as equities or fixed income.
  • To get the most from this course you will need a good knowledge of financial analysis and MS Excel.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    59 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59 USD for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
  • National

    59 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59 USD for the full programme and a duration of 21 days.
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