Mergers and Acquisitions

Module code: EC7162

Mergers and acquisitions (or M&A) is the consolidation of companies or assets. They are often a way for companies to increase performance, lower costs, diversify, grow, improve economies of scale or eliminate competition. However, bringing two different companies together can be fraught with complications, both legislatively and organisationally, and mergers and acquisitions don’t always have the desired positive effects for businesses.

In this module, you’ll learn about the different reasons for mergers and acquisitions and discuss the costs and benefits of a deal. You’ll explore the different valuation methods and payment options available with mergers and acquisitions. Plus, you’ll explore both of the role of advisors and management in mergers and acquisitions, and the surrounding UK and EU legislation.


  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 5 hours of seminars
  • 125 hours of guided independent study


  • Coursework (50%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (50%)