Investments (880N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In this module, you are introduced to finance theory, and its practical applications for investors, analysts and portfolio managers.

You start with a detailed review of the concepts of risk and return, and an assessment of portfolio theory, the capital asset pricing and other pricing models for risky assets.

In the second part of the module, you assess market efficiency, pricing anomalies and behavioural finance, and then consider the implications for hedging, speculation and arbitrage.

In the final part of the module, you look at specific financial instruments including debt markets, foreign exchange markets and derivative markets, including
options, forwards, futures and swaps.

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: