Research methods in corporate finance

Specific course requirements

As of academic year 2016-2017 all classes for this course are scheduled in a five-week time frame of the academic year, and that the first class takes place on Tuesday October 25, 2016. Register on Minerva (see 'related items') in the week before the start of the semester, i.e. September 26, 2016.
In order to be allowed access to this course, you also have to succeed for an oral exam which tests your basic knowledge of corporate finance and statistics.  This oral exam is scheduled on Wednesday, October 26 at noon.  The location of the exam is: Sint-Pietersplein 7, Department of Accountancy & Corporate Finance, 2nd floor, 9000 Gent.

To participate in the course “Research Methods in Corporate Finance” a good command of the English language is required. Moreover, the prerequisite is an introductory corporate finance course and statistics course.

It is expected that you have familiarity with basic theories in corporate finance (e.g., the static trade-off theory, pecking order theory, agency theory) and basic statistics (e.g., correlations, t-tests).

One of the main goals of the course is to develop your research skills. To develop those skills, this course is different from a “traditional” course in that it requires active participation. See the course outline on Minerva.

Since active participation is required, this implies the following:

  • Before the first lecture: download and read the detailed course schedule from Minerva
  • Presence during the first lecture is mandatory.  Indicate your name to the instructor.
  • Regularly check the announcements on Minerva


IMPORTANT: Once again, be sure you are present in the first lecture (October 25, 2016) otherwise your access to this course will be denied.  Also indicate your name to the instructor of the course during the first lecture, so he knows you want to take part in the course.


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General course specifications

Consult the general specifications of this course in the exchange programme in economics and business admin.

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