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Imperial College London

Finance Essentials

Imperial College London via edX


Want to study for an MBA but are unsure of basic financial concepts? This business and management course prepares you for studying finance in an MBA program and in business generally.

You will learn key financial topics such as present value, Internal Rate of Return (IRR), capital budgeting, equity, bonds, diversification, portfolio choice and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), all of which are often discussed and explored in great detail in MBA programs across the globe as well as everyday business operations.

A completely online course, you can work wherever and whenever you choose: at home, in the workplace, at a library, coffee shop or even while travelling (with the appropriate network access).

This course employs a ‘supported learning’ model. To help you achieve the optimum learning outcomes from this module, Imperial College Business School provides access to an expert online tutor who will support you through the learning materials and associated activities.

No previous financial knowledge is needed. Join us as you start your journey into the world of finance for management.


  • Using financial tools in context
  • Bonds
  • Equity
  • Diversification
  • CAPM and betas

Taught by

Robert Kosowski, Oleg Komarov and Edward Fram


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4.2 rating at edX based on 31 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    I have completed no less than 10 MOOCs (edX / coursera) and this is the first time I felt scammed with a course. The overall structure of the course is poor, the explanations are insufficient (you will often find yourself browsing investopedia in order to understand new concepts), and almost all the practical examples given during the course try to convince you that pursuing a full-time MBA from the Imperial is the best decision you'll ever make, which seems like an shameless advertising trick. In addition, if you take the final exam, you'll have to use formulas that are not previously explained.

    There are many good MOOCs about Finance out there. Just forget about this one.
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    Carlos Llangari
    I want to learn finance yo be able create my own business. In the world of finance you have to know where to invest and when I going to recover the investment.

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