DRE 7016 Topics in Corporate Finance

DRE 7016 Topics in Corporate Finance

Course code: 
DRE 7016
Course coordinator: 
Leon Bogdan Stacescu
Course name in Norwegian: 
Topics in Corporate Finance
Product category: 
PhD Finance courses
2019 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

A one semester course comprised of 2-3 different topics in the area of Corporate Finance. The course will primarily be taught by faculty from BI's finance department who will teach a topic of their own choosing, typically, but not necessarily, a topic related to the lecturer’s own research agenda. The course is intended for students who wish to write their thesis in corporate finance and related topics.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  1. To give students insights into current research topics in the area of Corporate Finance.
  2. To give students insights into how to structure a research question and write papers.
  3. To help students formulate and get started on their own research.
  4. To help students get acquainted with the research areas of the finance faculty and to promote interaction between faculty and PhD students.
Learning outcomes - Skills

By the end of the course, students should be able to understand and present the most recent research in corporate finance, to identify gaps in the existing literature and set up their own research agenda.

General Competence


Course content

Each topic may be comprised of standard lectures and/or research paper reading sessions and student presentations of research papers. It may be part of a lecturer’s topic that students submit a research proposal or other smaller assignments.
The exact topics of the courses may vary from year to year depending on which faculty teaches the course. A complete list of articles and book chapters will be distributed in advance of the course.

Teaching and learning activities


Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information



Enrollment in a PhD programme is a general requirement for participation in PhD courses at BI Norwegian Business School.
External candidates are kindly asked to attach confirmation of enrollment in a PhD programme when signing up for a course. Other candidates may be allowed to sit in on courses by approval of the course leader. Sitting in on a course does not permit registration for the course, handing in exams or gaining credits for the course. Course certificates or confirmation letters will not be issued for sitting in on courses.

Required prerequisite knowledge

DRE7009 Corporate Finance theory or similar.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
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Form of assessment:
Written submission
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Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No1 Month(s)Individual
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Month(s)
Exam code:DRE70161
Grading scale:Pass/fail
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
Student's own work with learning resources
130 Hour(s)
Specified learning activities (including reading)
30 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.