Executive Programme in Applied Finance


Institute: IIM Kozhikode
Programme Start Date: 29th October, 2022
Admission: Open
Deadline To Apply: 15th October, 2022
Programme Type: MDP
Class Timings: Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Course Overview


Finance is one of the fastest-growing sectors in India and the shortage of skilled talent has led to a huge demand for applied finance professionals with management and analytical competencies. As such, upskilled executives with professional credentials enjoy lucrative career prospects including better job opportunities, faster promotions, and accelerated mobility in career trajectories. Today, Indian financial services organisations are gearing-up to operate efficiently in the changing world. With evolving technologies and with businesses also transforming post the pandemic phase, organisations have begun thinking beyond traditional bottom-line metrics to develop strategies that serve both the business and societal needs. Here is your chance to make a mark in the Indian financial sector, contribute towards uplifting the economy and pursue your dreams.

Programme Overview

Executive Programme in Applied Finance (EPAF)

Applied Finance is a field of study in business-related models with quality structure of methods and applications of identifying and solving issues in finances. IIM Kozhikode’s Executive Programme in Applied Finance (EPAF) equips the participants with the state-of-the-art financial toolkit to evaluate investment opportunities considering both risk and returns. The primary focus of the course is to enable participants to understand the relevance of key financial management concepts and make decisions towards overall corporate finance strategies. This course also covers the key strategic issues of business finance related to financial risk management, investment and portfolio management, mergers and acquisitions, and other related issues. The current best finance practices are also illustrated using management cases and their analysis leading to business decisions.

Programme Highlights

  • Contextually designed 10-month programme designed for working professionals
  • Campus immersion module of 2 days
  • Peer-learning & networking opportunities
  • IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni status

Programme Detail


The teaching approach will be highly interactive taking advantage of the technological benefits. The pedagogy followed for the programme will be a judicious blend of lectures, case studies and participants experience sharing.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to solve modern corporate finance problems
  • Build knowledge for communication with finance executives as well as external stake holders
  • Gain extensive knowledge of varied financial topics with a focus on real-world applications
  • Acquire cross-functional competencies in the domain of Applied Finance
  • Learn business valuation methods like Discounted Cash Flow Method, Economic Value Added (EVA), Relative valuation, and Valuation of IPOs
  • Leverage programme knowledge and competencies to navigate volatile market conditions
  • Acquire the overall techniques and nuances required to develop financial strategies across all business realms

Programme Delivery

Sessions will be conducted via a state-of-the-art Interactive Learning (IL) platform and delivered in Direct-to-Device (D2D) mode that can be accessed by learners on their Desktop, Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone.
Participants will be provided with the reading material for each course.

Campus Immersion

  • There will be 2 days of campus immersion at IIM Kozhikode.
  • The in-campus modules are subjected to the conditions that prevail at the point of time. These conditions pertain to the pandemic or other unavoidable reasons. In case the current situation maintains the status quo, adequate alternate options with regards to the in-campus modules will be made available via online sessions.

Who Should Attend?

  • Junior to senior level mangers working in the public and private sectors who want to gain a understanding in Applied Finance
  • Young executives looking to build specialised competency in the Finance domain
  • Both finance and non-finance professionals can benefit from the programme

Eligibility Criteria

  • Diploma (10+2+3) or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (10+2+3 or 10+2+4) or Integrated Master’s Degree (10+2+5) or equivalent from a recognised university (UGC/AICTE/DEC/AIU) in any discipline
  • Minimum THREE years of work experience* after completion of qualifying education
    *Internships and Training experiences will not be considered in full-time work experience

Admission Criteria

  • The selection will be based on candidate’s profile evaluation, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
  • Final selection of participants will be solely done by IIM Kozhikode.

Assessment and Certification


  • Evaluation methodology is the discretion of the faculty. The methodology includes online exams, case analysis, class contribution and any other component as decided by the faculty.
  • The programme may require participants to work on individual/group assignments and/or projects. The main objective of such assignments/projects will be to help the participants apply their conceptual learning in the programme to actual organisational decision scenarios. The participants will have to secure the minimum pass marks in the respective evaluation components.

Attendance Criteria

A minimum of 75% attendance is a prerequisite for the successful completion of the programme.

Certification & Alumni Status

  • Participants who successfully meet the evaluation criteria and satisfy the requisite attendance criteria, will be awarded a ‘Certificate of Completion’.
  • Participants who are unable to clear the evaluation criteria but have the requisite attendance will be awarded a ‘Certificate of Participation’.
  • Successful participants will also be accorded IIM Kozhikode Executive Alumni status.
  • It is mandatory for participants to attend the campus module for successful completion of the programme.

Sample Certificate

** All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of IIM Kozhikode.


Date and Fees

Programme Fee

ParticularsAmount () *
Programme Fee₹2,34,000

*Taxes will be added as applicable
*All fees will be collected by BCCL
Please note that the Processing Fee shall not be refunded in the following circumstances:

  • I. In case candidate rejects the offer issued by the Institute; and
  • In case the application is rejected due to submission of incomplete documents and/or providing incomplete information and/or eligibility criteria not fulfilled

Instalment Schedule

Application Fees1stInstalment2ndInstalment   3rdInstalment   4thInstalment
DateAt the time of RegistrationWithin one week of offer rollout10th November, 202210th January, 202310th March, 2023
Amount (in ₹)*20,00055,00055,00055,00049,000

Programme Timelines

Application Closure Date27th August, 2022
Classes Start Date24th September 2022
Programme End DateJuly 2023

Programme Content

MODULE 1 – Introduction to Financial Analysis

• Introduction to Financial Reporting and Statements

• Balance Sheet; Income Statement

• Cash Flow Statement

• Financial Statement Analysis

MODULE 2 – Quantitative Foundations for Finance

• Statistics for Finance

• Mathematics for Portfolio Management

• Understanding Normal Distribution

MODULE 3 – Financial Markets and Instruments

• Indian Financial System

• Financial Markets and Instruments

• Recent Trends in Financial Markets

• Start-up Finance

MODULE 4 – Corporate Finance

• Time Value of Money

• Making Capital Investment Decisions

• Net Present Value and Other Investment Rules

• Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

Activity based Learning 1: Estimation of WACC for a listed company

MODULE 5 – Business Valuation

• Discounted Cash Flow Method

• Economic Value Added (EVA)

• Relative Valuation

• Valuation of IPOs

MODULE 6 – Mergers & Acquisitions

• M & A Process

• M & A Deal Valuation

• Strategic vs Financial Acquisition

• Cross-border Deals

MODULE 7 – Fixed Income Securities

• Fixed Income Markets

• Bond Pricing and Duration

• Convexity and Bond Volatility

• Term Structure of Interest Rates

MODULE 8 – Investment Analysis

• Market Efficiency

• Risk and Return Models

• Portfolio Construction

• Portfolio Evaluation Tools

Activity based Learning 2: Portfolio Construction and Analysis of a Mutual Fund

MODULE 9 – Equity Research

• Analysis of Financial Statements

• Understanding Business Models

• Qualitative Analysis of Companies

• Behavioural Aspects in Investments

Activity based Learning 3: Stock Selection

MODULE 10 – Financial Derivatives

• Introduction to Derivatives and Derivative Markets

• Pricing of Derivatives

• Hedging with Derivatives

• Trading Strategies

Activity based Learning 4: Option Trading Strategy

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