2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MATH3734 Stochastic Calculus for Finance
15 creditsClass Size: 140
Module manager: Dr. Konstantinos Dareiotis
Taught: 1 Jan to 31 May View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
Pre-requisite qualifications(MATH1710 or MATH2700) and MATH2750
Basic knowledge of Excel spreadsheets
This module is mutually exclusive with
|MATH5320M||Discrete Time Finance|
|MATH5330M||Continuous Time Finance|
|MATH5734M||Advanced Stochastic Calculus and Applications to Finance|
Module replacesMATH3733 Stochastic Financial Modelling
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module provides a mathematical introduction to stochastic calculus in continuous time with applications to finance. Students will learn material in areas of mathematical analysis and probability theory. This knowledge will be used to derive expressions for prices of derivatives in financial markets under uncertainty.
ObjectivesStochastic calculus is one of the main mathematical tools to model physical, biological and financial phenomena (among other things). This module provides a rigorous introduction to this topic. Students will develop a solid mathematical background in stochastic calculus that will allow them to understand key results from modern mathematical finance.
1. Obtain an overview of modern probability theory via basic measure theory and basic functional analysis
2. Understand the following mathematical concepts: martingales, stopping times, Brownian motion, Itô's formula and diffusion theory
3. Understand key results concerning stochastic differential equations (SDEs)
4. Draw links between SDEs and partial differential equations
5. Use SDEs to model financial assets and price simple derivatives, e.g., European vanilla options
6. Use SDEs to model markets with stochastic interest rates and, in this context, price Zero Coupon Bonds
7. Use of Excel spreadsheet for simulation of SDEs and applications to option pricing
1. Preliminaries: Probability spaces with sigma-algebras and elements of measure theory.
2. Brownian motion: construction and properties of its trajectories.
3. Martingales and stopping times.
4. Itô calculus: Construction of Itô's integral and its properties.
5. Stochastic differential equations (SDEs): existence and uniqueness of solutions; Itô's formula.
6. Links between Ito calculus and PDE theory: Feynman-Kac formula.
7. Applications of SDEs to mathematical finance (part 1): Black and Scholes model and European vanilla options.
8. Applications of SDEs to mathematical finance (part 2): stochastic models of interest rates (CIR and Vasicek models for spot rates).
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||131.00|
|Total Contact hours||19.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular problem sheets
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Computer Exercise||To be based on the use of spreadsheet software||15.00|
|Assignment||To be based on a set of questions based on the course material||5.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||20.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Open Book exam||2 hr 30 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Examination material for level 3 (MATH3734) and level 5 (MATH5734M) module is partly shared. Exams should be timetabled at the same time (but level 5 exam is longer).
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 27/01/2021
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