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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
No such Code for pgprog: L1K709
No such Code for pgprog: L1K609
No such Code for pgprog: L1K109
No such Code for pgprog: N3K809

Department: Economics and Finance


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to L1K709
Tied to L1K609
Tied to L1K109
Tied to N3K109 Finance
Tied to N3K509 Finance (International Money, Finance and Investment) (Last intake of students October 2021)
Tied to N3K709 Finance (Economics and Finance)
Tied to N3K809


  • None


  • Advanced Financial Theory (ECON41215)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • The module aims to:
  • develop students' advanced knowledge and critical understanding of key theoretical and empirical issues in international financial asset management including international diversification, and asset pricing;
  • develop students' ability to critically review this specialised complex area of knowledge with a view to undertaking future research in this area.


  • Portfolio allocations under certainty and uncertainty;
  • International portfolio diversification issues;
  • Asset pricing;
  • Puzzles in international finance - e.g. home bias puzzle, exchange rates puzzle, equity premium puzzle.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • have explored, understood and appreciated the complexity and diversity of the current academic literature and its implications for professional practice, and be able to identify open questions for their own research;
  • have demonstrated ability to learn and work independently in addressing challenging complex issues in international financial asset management.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • have used highly specialised and advanced technical, professional and academic skills in analysing international financial asset management.
Key Skills:
  • Written Communication;
  • Planning, Organising and Time Management;
  • Problem Solving and Analysis;
  • Using initiative;
  • Numeracy;
  • Computer Literacy.
  • Group Work.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • A combination of lectures (possibly blended delivery), seminars with practical demonstrations, practical work and guided reading will contribute to achieving the aims and learning outcomes of this module. Summative assessment by written assignment, which will test students' knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and their ability to apply what they have learned in the analysis of specific issues.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 10 1 per week 2 hours 20
Seminars 4 fortnightly 1 hour 4
Preparation & Reading 126
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 2500 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Students will receive written comments on a formative written assignments. Typically over the 10 weeks of the class, two of the seminars will be written up and submitted in small groups, this will be around 2500 words for each formative assignment.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University