Not available in 2013/14
OR409      Half Unit
Auctions and Game Theory

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Richard Steinberg NAB 3.08


This course is available on the MSc in Applicable Mathematics, MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), MSc in Management Science (Decision Sciences), MSc in Management Science (Operational Research) and MSc in Management and Strategy. This course is not available as an outside option.


Students must have a knowledge of mathematics to the level of the undergraduate course MA107 Quantitative Methods in Mathematics.

Course content

The course provides an introduction to auctions and game theory. Topics covered are: non-cooperative game theory; cooperative game theory; social choice; auctions; and combinatorial auctions.


16 hours of lectures and 12 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Very full lecture notes are provided, and every week a set of problems is given out in the lecture. These are discussed in the following seminars (OR409.A).

Indicative reading

Recommended books are: K.G. Binmore, Playing for Real: A Text on Game Theory; Alan D. Taylor, Social Choice and the Mathematics of Manipulation; and P. Cramton, Y. Shoham, and R. Steinberg, Combinatorial Auctions.


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

Key facts

Department: Management Science Group

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

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