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MA908 - Partial Differential Equations in Finance

  • Module code: MA908
  • Module name: Partial Differential Equations in Finance
  • Department: Mathematics Institute
  • Credit: 12, 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To provide both a theoretical and a practical understanding of partial differential equations, including numerical methods, and to link this with problems from Finance. To give an introduction into optimal control and Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods.

Principal learning outcomes

Derive finite-difference formulae for a variety of differential operators on a variety of meshes and obtain the order of accuracy of the approximations; Obtain stability limits for numerical schemes; Know which method is appropriate for a given type of a problem; Understand and be able to program a variety of boundary conditions; Test a program for reliability; Demonstrate analytical skills and critical thinking; Understand the strengths and weaknesses of particular methods used to numerically price derivatives; Ability to choose the appropriate numerical method for a given problem (option pricing).

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Other essential notes

Available for MSc Financial Mathematics students

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: MA908-12)
C (Assessed/examined work) Formal Project 50%
  2 hour examination (May) 50%
15 CATS (Module code: MA908-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Coursework 20%
  2 hour examination (May) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Financial Mathematics (G1P5) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Financial Mathematics (N3G1) - Year 1