• Offered by Department of Mathematics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Dale Roberts
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course provides an introduction to the theory of stochastic processes and its application in the mathematical finance area.

The course starts with background material on markets, modelling assumptions, types of securities and traders, arbitrage and risk minimisation. Basic tools needed from measure and probability, conditional expectations, independent random variables and modes of convergence are explained. Discrete and continuous time stochastic processes including Markov, Gaussian and diffusion processes are introduced. Some key material on stochastic integration, the theory of martingales, the Ito formula, martingale representations and measure transformations are described. The well-known Black-Scholes option pricing formula based on geometric Brownian motion is derived. Pricing and hedging for standard vanilla options is presented. Hedge simulations are used to illustrate the basic principles of no-arbitrage pricing and risk-neutral valuation. Pricing for some other exotic options such as barrier options are discussed. The course goes on to explore the links between financial mathematics and quantitative finance. Results which show that the transition densities for diffusion processes satisfy certain partial differential equations are presented. The course concludes with treatment of some other quantitative methods including analytic approximations, Monte Carlo techniques, and tree or lattice methods.

Mathematics of Finance provides an accessible but mathematically rigorous introduction to financial mathematics and quantitative finance. The course provides a sound foundation for progress to honours and post-graduate courses in these or related areas.

Note: This is an Honours Pathway Course. It continues the development of sophisticated mathematical techniques and their application begun in MATH3029 or MATH3320.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Explain the core mathematical tools and fundamental concepts of modern financial mathematics;
2. Solve a range of option pricing and hedging problems;
3. Apply the concepts of no arbitrage and risk minimisation in a range of quantitative finance contexts;
4. Demonstrate capabilities for advanced mathematical reasoning, analysis and modelling linked to the theory of stochastic processes.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Assignments (50%; LO 1-4)
  • Final examination (50%; LO 1-4)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed MATH3029 or MATH3320. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed FINM3007 or MATH6115.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3203 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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