Learning & teaching
You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.
Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.
Taught modules are assessed by examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.
You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.
Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills and knowledge demanded by graduate employers in banking and finance. Specialist knowledge areas developed on this programme include:
- Understanding of investment valuation and portfolio management, focusing on fixed income securities, pricing of futures and options contracts, performance and risk management
- Application of option pricing models and understanding of trading and hedging strategies
- Understanding of market microstructures including auction and dealer trading systems and the influence of liquidity, inventory and adverse selection on trading costs
- Understanding of key mathematical and statistical techniques underpinning finance and investment models including use of sampling and estimation theory, multiple regression analysis and approximation techniques
- Application of econometric techniques (including time series methods, smoothing techniques, principal components techniques) to modelling financial markets
- Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
- Analytical skills developed through research dissertation
Alcino is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Finance at Aston Business School. His research interests lie mainly in the areas of real options, risk management and corporate finance.