MA313      Half Unit
Probability for Finance

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ron Perez


This course is available on the BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics, BSc in Mathematics and Economics, BSc in Mathematics with Economics and BSc in Statistics with Finance. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit. This course is available with permission to General Course students.


Introduction to Abstract Mathematics (MA103) or equivalent, together with Mathematical Methods (MA100) and Elementary Statistical Theory (ST102). Attendance at more advanced courses, eg, Real Analysis (MA203), Further Mathematical Methods (MA212) and/or Probability, Distribution Theory and Inference (ST202) would be highly desirable.

Course content

The purposes of this course are (i) to explain the formal basis of abstract probability theory, and the justification for basic results in the theory, and (ii) to explore those aspects of the theory most used in advanced analytical models in economics and finance. The approach taken will be formal. Probability spaces and probability measures. Random variables. Expectation and integration. Markov chains. Convergence of random variables. Conditional expectation and martingales, in the discrete case.


20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 1 hour of classes in the LT. 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Written answers to set problems will be expected on a weekly basis.

Indicative reading

Full lecture notes will be provided. The following may prove useful: J S Rosenthal, A First Look at Rigorous Probability Theory; G R Grimmett & D R Stirzaker, Probability and Random Processes; D Williams, Probability with Martingales. J Jacod & Ph Protter, Probability Essentials; A Klenke Probability Theory. A Comprehensive Course.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Mathematics

Total students 2012/13: 14

Average class size 2012/13: 14

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills