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ES50154: Financial derivatives

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Economics
Credits: 5 [equivalent to 10 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 100
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 1 (CW 50%)
  • Coursework 2 (CW 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
ES50154 - Reassessment Paper (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, students should be able to: structure and construct portfolios including a variety of financial instruments; apply principles of arbitrage, hedging and risk management; apply and evaluate the Black-Scholes pricing theory, and construct valuations based on the Black-Scholes analysis.

Aims: To provide an introduction to derivative securities including futures and options, their valuation and management.

Skills: Written communication, Numeracy, Time management and Organisational skills, Data acquisition, handling and analysis, Problem solving, Working independently, Critical/analytical skills, Precise thinking, Accuracy and attention to detail.

Content: Introduction to derivatives, including futures and forward contracts, call and put options. Valuation of futures and forwards contracts. Time value of money, interest rates, bonds. Option pricing; put-call parity, trading strategies, arbitrage. Random asset price modelling. Introduction to stochastic calculus. The Black-Scholes analysis for pricing derivatives, including options. Other topics to be chosen from: interest rate swaps and their valuation, assets paying dividends, the binomial pricing model, risk management of options (delta, theta and gamma).

Programme availability:

ES50154 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • THES-AFM30 : MSc Economics for Business Intelligence and Systems


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