module specification

FE6060 - Financial Engineering (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Financial Engineering
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Individual Report - 2000 words
Running in 2022/23

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

Module summary

The aims of this module are to provide students with the use of a wide range and in-depth knowledge of the major exchange-traded and over-the-counter traded financial instruments to construct financial products and manage financial risk.

The module discusses the characteristics, pricing and valuation, terminologies and application of financial innovation to create the structured products in derivative markets.

Students will further develop an understanding of the use of the financial instruments as investment vehicles, hedging tools, arbitrage mechanisms, and speculative instruments. Students will further develop skills for data collection and analysis utilising software systems such as Bloomberg and spreadsheets.

A blended teaching and learning approach includes the use of websites, videos, guest talks from industry and support for employability enhancing classroom activities.
Bloomberg may be used to deliver teaching sessions.


Skills of Financial Engineering: Knowledge of financial instruments, financial theories, laws and regulations, computer software - LO1

Option strategies and exotic options: Option strategies with market movements, exotic options, dynamic hedging written options. - LO1

Structured products: Capital guaranteed structured products,
Participation structured products, yield enhancement and participation notes, range accrual structured products, basket options, equity index linked guaranteed - LO2

Credit Derivatives: Credit default swap, credit options, collateralised debt obligations (CDOs), total return swaps.- LO2

Securitisation: Mortgage Backed Securities - LO2

Risk and risk measures: Types of risk, risk models and Value at Risk as risk measures. - LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching is structured by lectures and seminars around three hours of weekly contact time with the students.

Lectures: A 2-hour lecture per week, which serves as a vehicle for introducing the principles of constructing financial products, giving examples of the instruments being discussed, analyse the risk and return characteristics of structured products, utilise numerical research, critical and analytical skills to solve problems and make practical decisions.

Seminars: Each lecture is supported by a 1-hour seminar, which provide students an opportunity to consolidate their understanding by working through examples based on current real-world data from various sources, for example, Bloomberg, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. The merits of each type of instrument will be explored and students will work through and analyse additional examples.

Both lectures and seminars will draw on real-world financial data and case studies wherever possible. Data may be derived from published sources such as the Financial Times and Bloomberg.  Trading contract specifications from major derivative exchanges will be used where appropriate. This approach will enable students to appraise financial market issues in a realistic context and develop their ability to think critically and to produce solutions.

Students will be encouraged to form study groups in order to carry out independent research into the background of the topics introduced in lectures, and to solve set problems. Teaching material may be supported by use of Bloomberg analytics.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:


  1. Develop the skills that are needed to become a financial engineer, critically discuss the principles of constructing financial products, use options and other exchange-traded or OTC traded financial instruments to create financial products.
  2. Evaluate types of structured products, analyse the risk and return characteristics of structured products, use knowledge and expertise in software systems such as Bloomberg, forecast the prices and payoff, identify exposure to risk, analyse and report on the risk associated with a variety of financing structures.
  3. Explain the principles underlying value at risk, utilise numerical, research, critical and analytical skills to solve problems and make practical decisions.

Assessment strategy

The formative assessment includes weekly tutorial questions which assist students in understanding of module contents out of solving problems. Students receive formative feedback through discuss answers to tutorial questions in seminar sessions. This prepares students’ ability of tackle problems.

The summative assessment for this module comprises one assignment component as below:

Coursework (100% of the overall mark): This is a formal report of 2,000 words. Students are required to write an individual report on the risk assessment of a financial engineering product. Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in accordance with university guidelines.


Core Texts

Cuthbertson, K. and Nitzsche, D. (2001), Financial Engineering: Derivatives and Risk Management, Wiley.

Eales, B.A. and Choudhry, M., (2003). Derivative Instruments: a guide to theory and practice, Butterworth Heinemann.

Other Textbooks

Hull, J.C. (2017). Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, 10th Edition., Pearson Education

Steiner, R. (2012). Mastering Financial Calculations: a step-by-step guide to the mathematics of financial market instruments, 3rd Edition, Financial Times Prentice Hall

Data source:
Bloomberg and other sources

Internet Sources:

The Journal of Finance
The Journal of Economics and Finance

The Financial Times
The Wall Street Journal