Advanced Financial Modelling (774N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Following on from Essential Quantitative Finance, this module will provide further instruction on particular financial problems associated with risk analysis and portfolio construction, and a more in-depth knowledge of financial instruments, such as futures and options, laying the foundation for TB2 modules on the Financial Risk and Investment Analysis degree.

All the main concepts will be illustrated by numerous examples and Excel spreadsheets.

Further development of IT skills builds on the knowledge gained in Essential Quantitative Finance, now introducing Matlab programming and the use of Reuters data.

The syllabus covers the following topics:

  1. Time Series and Statistical Volatility
  2. Modelling Linear Portfolios
  3. Newtonian and Stochastic Calculus
  4. Introduction to Financial Options

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: