SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Research Methods in Accounting and Finance

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Term 2

The module provides a challenging and interesting introduction to the application of statistics for conducting business and financial research.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Utilise different types of graphical displays and descriptive statistics appropriate to characterise different types of business and financial data
  • Compare the characteristics of different probability distributions relevant to business and financial research
  • Be aware of the different types of sampling techniques
  • Estimate the population mean using point and interval estimators
  • Be aware of the sources of business, accounting and financial data
  • Conduct a rigorous hypothesis test using sample information
  • Use linear regression models to estimate the relationship between variables
  • Work collaboratively in a group to produce a combined piece of coursework


  • Two hours of lectures per week for 11 weeks
  • One hour of seminars per week for 10 weeks
  • Four other hours of contact per week.

As well as the 76 hours of taught contact students are expected to undertake 74 hours of independent study

Scope and syllabus

Students will explore:

  1. Frameworks and concepts relevant for developing statistical reasoning.
  2. Frameworks and concepts relevant for statistical thinking.
  3. How statistical models, concepts and reasoning can be used to examine the relationships across business and financial variables.
  4. How to identify the sources of business and financial data for statistical analysis
  5. How to communicate effectively with peers, colleagues and specialists.
  6. How to work with others in a problem solving context

Method of assessment

  • One 2 hour written exam paper (70%)
  • A 2000 word mini quantitative project to examine their understanding of the topics taught in the module (30%)


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