module specification

MA6041 - Financial Modelling and Forecasting (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Financial Modelling and Forecasting
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
210 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Individual report (1500 words max.)
Coursework 30%   Group Report (3000 words max.)
Unseen Examination 40%   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 Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

The module introduces the students to financial forecasting using modern statistical modelling techniques. Its aim is to prepare the student for work in a quantitative commercial or scientific environment.  Students will be developing problem solving skills.  For each given problem, the process of dealing with it includes, searching for appropriate data sets, establishing the right statistical/financial techniques to use, fitting appropriate models, critically appraising the models using diagnostic model tools and finally interpreting the models and drawing conclusions.

Prior learning requirements

Introductory Financial Math and Statistics


Stochastic processes their use in time series analysis.
ARIMA, Regression, and state space statistical models used for forecasting.
Stochastic volatility models.
Stochastic differential equations applied to the Black-Scholes formulas and the ‘Greeks’.
Exotic and Path-Dependent Options.
Portfolio Management – Diversification; Capital Asset Pricing Model.

Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module will be delivered through a weekly 3-hour block consisting of a mixture of a lecture and a tutorial or workshop (in a computer lab). While the theory and methods will be covered during the lectures, the practice exercises and student-led group discussions will be carried out in tutorial and workshop sessions. The tutor-led sessions are intended to enable students to use problem solving skills, whereas the student-led sessions are designed to give students the opportunity for independent learning as well as collaboration. Materials for learning are provided through an integrated learning environment (currently WebLearn) supplemented by online sources and text books. In addition to the timetabled classes, students are required to spend about 7 hours each week working individually and in their groups. Then the tutorial sessions and workshops will provide an ideal setting for students to meet up with their group members on regular basis and carry out their discussions and investigations.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to
LO1: Understand the concept of a stochastic process and how it can be applied to solve real problems in financial and other scientific commercial environments.
LO2:  Understand the fundamental ideas of Statistical modelling including fitting, selecting and critically assessing a model. 
LO3: Interpret results and communicate effectively through report writing and presentation
LO4: Demonstrate effective collaboration when working in a group.


Core textbook:
Shumway R and Stoffer D (2010, 3rd Edition). Time series Analysis and its Applications. Springer.
Wilmott, P, (2006, 2nd Edition) Paul Wilmott on Quantitative Finance, John Wiley and Sons.
Recommended reading:
Cryer, J. (2008) Time Series Analysis With Applications in R.  Springer.
Higham, D, (2004) An Introduction to Financial Option Valuation: Mathematics, Stochastic and Computation, Cambridge University Press
Hull , J. C (2006) Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, Prentice Hall
Makridakis, S, Wheelwright, S.C., Hyndman, R.J. (1998) Forecasting Methods and Applications, 3rd Edition,    Wiley.