Financial Economics - ECON8220

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Yuki Yao checkmark-circle


This is a classical module on foundations of advanced financial economics. Emphasizing both analytical techniques and practical knowledge it introduces key economic principles around which financial markets are built worldwide. The module offers an in-depth analytical treatment of pricing techniques, optimal investment strategies and portfolio management solutions, accompanied by quantification of related key financial measures. The module provides a solid platform for understanding, interpreting and developing analytical models of the dynamics of financial markets and making informed decisions on their basis. It is central to students who see their future careers among financial market actors as well as at national or international institutions that oversee and regulate financial market activity.


Contact hours

Private Study: 120
Contact Hours: 30
Total: 150


This is a compulsory module for:
MSc Financial Economics

This is an optional module for:
MSc Economics
MSc Development Economics

Method of assessment

20% Essay (1,500 words)
80% Examination (2 hours)

Reassessment method: 100% Exam

*Exams will be online*

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Develop systematic and comprehensive analytical understanding of financial theory
2 Intuitively understand complex fundamental financial concepts
3 Demonstrate strong abilities to calculate key financial relationships and understand the principles of risk and uncertainty
4 Have improved their analytical skills in using mathematics to analyse complex dynamics of finance markets
5 Solve sophisticated financial problems at a high level of abstraction and convincingly present their solutions through a variety of methods.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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