SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Risk management

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Term 1

This module provides students with fundamental knowledge about how to use financial tools to manage risk. The risk tools of management covered by the module include portfolio analysis; bonds and the yield curve; financial derivatives (including forwards and futures); options (and how to use them to hedge) and Value at Risk (VaR).    

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

This course enables students to:

  • Understand fundamental theories and concepts regarding financial tools that can be used in risk management
  • Understand and analyse the movement of real life financial markets reported in financial magazines and newspapers
  • Understand how to use some standard risk management tools to solve risk management problems for financial firms
  • Understand how some standard risk management tools can be applied to nonfinancial firms



This module consists of a 2-hour weekly lecture over 10 weeks of term plus a revision lecture in term 3 as preparation for the final examination. Students will be supplied with a syllabus with a breakdown week by week of required and additional reading. Reading materials are usually accessed electronically from the BLE and students should come to class prepared.


This module also has a weekly 1-hour tutorial where the questions posed by the tutor relevant to the lecture are explored and discussed by the students. Students also prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Total Work load:

Students on this module will have 3 taught hours each week. Additionally, adequate personal study time should be allocated for reading and class preparation.

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is in three elements:

  1. One tutorial presentation at 10%
  2. One essay of 2,500 words at 30%
  3. One unseen 2-hour written examination at 60%

All elements except the presentation may be resubmitted


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules