module specification

MA5041 - Statistical Methods and Modelling Markets (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Statistical Methods and Modelling Markets
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
210 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 25%   Test (1 hour; Unseen)
Coursework 25%   Coursework (1500 words max.)
Unseen Examination 50%   Exam (2 hours, Unseen)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

The module covers mathematical and statistical modelling techniques that are applied in making decisions in areas of finance.  It also enables the student to investigate real-life statistical data. This module introduces important financial concepts and develops statistical modelling techniques. Statistical regression models are applied to financial data (e.g., credit scoring, default time analysis) and mathematical modelling of stock and option prices is investigated. A selection of suitable software (e.g., Excel, R, SPSS) will enable students to analyse data in order to make informed decisions. The students will develop skills in statistical and mathematical modelling of real data to aid future employability

Prior learning requirements

Completion of MA4041.

Available for Study Abroad? NO


Analysis of variance and covariance.

Multivariate linear regression and logistic regression analysis.

Survival analysis for time to event data.

Models for stock and option trees and pricing.

Stock price investigation using Geometric Brownian motion.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students’ learning is directed via face-to-face learning activities that include lectures, seminars and practicals involving case studies and real data analysis. There is full provision of documents related to the module in electronic format on the University virtual learning environment that can be accessed by students at all times. The documents include module specs, staff contact details, surgery/office hours and regular notices, lecture notes, slides, practical sheets on financial data analysis, real financial data sets, the coursework, and examples of test and exam.  Students are motivated to analyse real financial and statistical data sets made available to them using statistical packages. Students are encouraged to install the statistics packages on their own PC or laptop to improve their expertise with the package and to complete practicals and the coursework.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

- LO1.    Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical modelling applied to stock and option pricing.

- LO2.    Use statistical techniques applied to data for inference, prediction and credit scoring.

- LO3.    Use an appropriate statistical package (such as R, SPSS, Excel) to fit statistical models to data; and investigate and interpret the results.

- LO4.    Understand the practical application and implications of statistical and mathematical modelling of real financial data.


Core Text:

Stampfli, J and Goodman, V (2001) The Mathematics of Finance: Modeling and Hedging, Brook/Cole.

Field, A. (2009) Discovering statistics using SPSS. 3rd edition. Sage.

Other Texts:

Wilmott, P (2001), Paul Wilmott Introduces Quantitative finance, JohnWiley.

Ross,  S (2003) An Elementary Introduction to Mathematical Finance, Options and other  Topics, CUP.

Daly, F. Hand, D., Jones, Lunn, M. and McConway, K. (1995) Elements of Statistics, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-201-42278-6.

Klein, J.P. and Moeschberger, M.L. (2003) Survival Analysis: Techniques for Censored and Truncated Data, 2nd edition, Springer.