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Statistics & Computational Finance Dissertation - MAT00043M

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Wenyang Zhang
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

Candidates for the MSc degree will submit a dissertation of around 45 pages on a selected topic in Statistics or Computational Finance. Support and advice will be provided by individual dissertation supervisors.

Students submitting a dissertation will be expected to demonstrate the ability to absorb and analyse current research literature in Statistics or Computational Finance and to apply their computational modelling skills in concrete situations arising in practice. Original contribution to research, while laudable, will not be required.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should

  • demonstrate an ability for in-depth independent research into a chosen topic in Statistics or Computational Finance;
  • provide evidence in their dissertation of their ability to read and understand current research literature in this field;
  • develop and/or apply the appropriate computer software to present a solution to the problem at hand;
  • present the outcome of their research and the background for the chosen topic in a self-consistent, clear, rigorous and accessible manner;
  • demonstrate the ability to locate and understand current literature in the selected area of their research;
  • present a critical approach emphasizing the strengths and limitations of the approaches, methods, and solutions studied.

Module content

Students will select a topic from a list provided, but will also be encouraged to design their own topic subject to approval by the potential supervisor.

Supervisory backup will be provided individually to each student by means of meetings with the dissertation supervisor when necessary.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Dissertation
N/A 100

Module feedback

  • Dissertation results will be made available shortly after the meeting of the MSc Board of Examiners in November.
  • Results on reassessment will be made available as soon as possible after the submission date.

Indicative reading

Dependent on topic chosen.



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