BEX6014 - Contemporary issues in finance - 2017

0 points, SCA Band 3, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Banking and Finance

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The objective of this unit is to teach doctoral students topics that are on the forefront of the academic literature. Possible topics include behavioural finance, which combines elements of finance and psychology into a new field that has gained a lot of importance in recent times. Other topics that may be studied include those that have gained in importance in the top journals. The unit will provide an in-depth study of research papers and will also provide students with the skills necessary to conduct finance research.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop technical proficiency on topics covered in the unit in order to be able to initiate and pursue PhD level research
  2. enhance the capability of developing an original research topic
  3. be in a position to undertake research in behavioural finance (or any other topic covered in the course) and related fields.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Examination: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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