Open University

Open University

Research Methods for Finance (B860)

This module introduces students to the underlying principles of research in modern finance, its process, philosophy, methods and methodology. It aims to develop competences in applying statistical and econometric techniques to problems in finance. It will alert students to the assumptions and limitations that underpin these quantitative methods. At the end of the module students will be able to decide on which techniques to apply, and will be able to design and execute an empirical investigation of a problem in finance.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold a BA/BSc degree awarded by a recognised university, or equivalent. Various higher education and professional qualifications are considered equivalent to a degree. An appropriate facility in English is also required, sufficient to be able to work effectively at postgraduate level; generally this means capability equivalent to an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include 2 tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning November 2016 - 6 months
Credits from The Open University Distance learning November 2016 - 6 months

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