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Mathematics of Risk (MAST90051)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMAST90051
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Mathematical modelling of various types of risk has become an important component of the modern financial industry. The subject discusses the key aspects of the mathematics of market risk. Main concepts include loss distributions, risk and dependence measures, copulas, risk aggregation and allocation principles, elements of extreme value theory. The main theme is the need to satisfactorily address extreme outcomes and the dependence of key risk drivers.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this subject students will:

  • understand the basic mathematical concepts used in the financial market risk analysis;
  • know how these concepts can be applied in situations requiring quantitative risk management;
  • gain the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.

Generic skills

In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:

  • problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
  • analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
  • collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
  • time-management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments.

Last updated: 11 June 2019