Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Research Methods in Finance
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Registered on the MSc Accounting and Finance
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other 10 x 1 hour computer class in semester 1 12 x 1 hour computer class in semester 2
Lecture 12 x 1 hour


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Project in Semester 2  30%
Semester Assessment Assessed practical in Semester 1  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed elements or equivalent  Practical - 20%, Project - 30%  30%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed elements or equivalent  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Repeat failed elements or equivalent  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to: Critically evaluate (1) the use of classical linear regression in estimation and inference, (2) the consequences of the failure of the classical regression assumptions, their diagnosis, consequences and solutions, (3) the specification, estimation and properties of dynamic time series models, including those with dynamic error structures, (4) the specification, estimation and properties of simultaneous equation regression models, (5) the implications of unit roots in time series and the importance of cointegration, (6) the use single and multiple equation estimation techniques and (7) the advantages and shortcomings of panel data and the techniques for estimation of panel data models and their application.


The module is an advanced level study of econometrics. We will examine the uses of econometrics in the study of financial institutions and markets. Building from basic principles in finance and statistics we will discuss the practical application, both in the interpretation of empirical results in finance and the use of computers to estimate original models.

Brief description

The module will cover conceptual and practical material enabling students to both critically evaluate the empirical research of other authors and to conduct their own analyses. From essential foundations discussed in semester 1 the module progresses to an advanced level study of econometrics.


Introduction to CAPM and OLS
Regression analysis
Features of OLS and interpretation of results
Multicollinearity and Micronumerosity
Dynamic Models
Functional form and Normality
Univariate Time Series Modelling
Multivariate modelling: Estimation of Simultaneous Equations Models
Modelling Long-run Financial Relationships: Unit Roots and Cointegration
Modelling Volatility in Financial Time Series
Models that combine cross-section and time-series data

Reading List

General Text
Enders W. (1995) Applied Econometric Time Series Wiley Primo search Gujarati D. (1995) Basic Econometrics 3rd edition McGraw-Hill Primo search Johnston, J. and J Dinardo (1997) Econometrics Methods 4th edition McGraw-Hill Primo search
Essential Reading
Brooks, Chris (2002 (various p) Introductory econometrics for finance /Chris Brooks. Cambridge University Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7