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The Mechanics of Mergers & Acquisitions Distance Learning Course

A 16-week distance learning course delving into all the key components of an M&A transaction

Course starts October 3rd for 16 weeks

Distance Learning

Start Dates: 3 October 2018; 24 April 2019
Duration: 16 weeks, delivered by Distance Learning
Course Faculty: Roger Mills
Certification: Postgraduate Certification (optional)

M&A activity is set for significant growth with big money to be made. This course gives a structured guide to all components of an M&A transaction, taught by a market veteran in the industry with an exemplary track record and reflects the professional knowledge and skills needed to succeed in today’s evolving M&A environment. 

Course Structure

The course takes place over 16 weeks and comprises eight core units. The units will be released every two weeks from the start of the course. Download the units or study completely online.

Assessment and Post Graduate Certification

At the end of each unit there is an assessment that will allow you to benchmark your growth in knowledge and understanding. For those wishing to receive a Postgraduate Certificate from Middlesex University (subject to validation), an additional marked assignment of 5000 words will also need to be submitted. The assignment will be based on an on-going case study that runs throughout the duration of the course.

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Professor Dr Roger W. Mills

PhD, MSc, BTech (Hons), Cert Ed, MColl, FCMA, FCIS, FCT

Roger Mills is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading. For more than 20 years, he was Professor of Finance and Accounting at Henley Management College, now Henley Business School and, subsequently, a Professor Dr in the VU University, Amsterdam. During this time, he supervised numerous doctoral and masters level students and he also wrote numerous articles and authored many books.

Roger has a unique blend of academic and business experience. From his academic studies, all undertaken part-time whilst working, he has a PhD in Finance, a Masters in Management Studies (MBA) and a first degree in Psychology, Sociology and Economics. During the professional part of his career he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant, Company Secretary and Corporate Treasurer. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Currently, he is the CEO of his own group of companies and an advisor to a number of organisations at board level.

As a private equity investor Roger was a founding member of a technology start-up that secured a successful AIM listing on the London Stock Exchange for a dotcom company in the late 1990’s. This listed company went on to acquire a number of businesses to refocus its activities before being acquired by a private equity player. He has also been involved in advising a number of technology companies, including start-ups.

Roger has consulted to numerous non-financial companies and organisations in many countries around the World. He has also worked extensively with major banks and financial institutions, in corporate and investment banking (including private equity and venture capital). Roger has also developed and delivered tailored in-house workshops on private equity, mezzanine finance, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions across Europe, in the Middle East, China, Asia, South America and in the US for a wide range of banks, for-profit private equity organisations, development banks and sovereign funds. Roger’s courses have a strong emphasis on linking theory with real-life practical insights from over 35 years of real experience. To ensure that the material is taught and understood effectively, it is delivered in clear, easily- understood units with a strong emphasis on the private equity toolkit and its practical application.


It is a highly competitive market that has been made even more challenging by the entry of private equity players, who have had a significant influence on the market. It used to be believed that they were primarily transaction players who tried to buy cheap, often using debt financing provided by others, restructured the newly acquired business, and tried to dispose of it at a good price. However, private equity players today do not fit this stereotype so well, and some have become acknowledged as being far more sophisticated, focusing upon managing and integrating the businesses they acquire. Certainly, their entry to the merger and acquisition marketplace has helped to both broaden and sharpen the toolkit for the participants.

There is so much to learn in order to take advantage of the opportunities.

The course has been developed by practitioners for practitioners, and is taught by one of the world’s most sought after consultants. It is the only M&A course delivered exclusively online via distance learning.

Distance learning, e-learning and blended delivery

We can tailor this course and its delivery to match your requirements. Whether it is a complete distance learning course or blended learning, we will ensure that our dedicated team and professional trainers will produce and deliver the perfect training programme.

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Delivered by distance learning, this programme allows you to receive professional training without disrupting your work

Access all course materials and receive expert tutorial support whilst peer networking, using our online learning management system.

There will be an online test at the end of each unit to track your understanding and learning.

Remember, there is also an opportunity to study for a Postgraduate Certification, a chance for you to obtain an academic qualification.


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