Quantitative Methods in Accounting and Finance

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Stefano Cascino OLD 3.32, Dr Pascal Frantz OLD 3.07 and Prof Ane Miren Tamayo OLD 5.05


This course is available on the MSc in Accounting and Finance and MSc in Law and Accounting. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The objective of the course is to provide students with the necessary background required for core accounting and finance courses. The course is organised in three sections:

Section 1 - "Accounting: Disclosure Principles and Practice" provides an overview of fundamental accounting concepts, practices and the main financial statements. This section emphasises users' perspective rather than preparers' perspective on financial reporting (eg, for valuation purposes).

Section 2 - "Game Theory: Application to Capital Markets" introduces the game theoretical tools required to analyse issues in accounting and finance in settings in which economic agents interact strategically.

Section 3 - "Finance: Quantitative Methods" provides the basic quantitative tools needed for technical MSc courses. This section consists of an introduction to Basic Calculus, Probability and Statistics.


Teaching takes place over a 9-day period before the start of MT.

Indicative reading

A detailed reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


This course is not assessed. However, students will be given a number of application exercises to complete on their own or in groups.

Key facts

Department: Accounting

Total students 2015/16: 3

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Value: Non-assessed

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills