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Financial markets

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Academic Direction
Goldsmiths, University of London
Also part of
MSc Data Science
Modes of Study

This module gives you the mathematical and qualitative tools to analyse modern financial markets, helping you develop strategies for market participants.

It will introduce you to a range of derivatives and market behaviour. We take a distinctly mathematical and computational approach, leading you to understand how financial markets work well enough to analyse, evaluate and implement investment decisions involving financial instruments.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to Markets
  • Futures Markets
  • Hedging Strategies 1
  • Hedging Strategies 2
  • Interest Rates
  • Determination of Futures and Forwards Prices
  • Mechanics of Financial Markets
  • Stock Options
  • Trading Strategies 1
  • Trading Strategies 2


15 (150 hours)


  • Coursework (50%)
  • Written examination (50%)